We are recruiting an Executive PA to join the CAN team

CAN is seeking to recruit the following position:

Executive PA

Community Arts North West(CAN) is a leading national organisation in the field of participatory arts, migration and social change. CAN’s work aims to create expression and visibility for the diverse people and artists based in the region through dynamic partnerships and inspirational programmes of work. CAN is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and a Manchester City Council Cultural Partner.

We’re looking to recruit an Executive PA to join our talented team at our city-centre base, in the thriving Northern Quarter of Manchester city centre.

As a new full-time post, this is an exciting opportunity for a highly-organised individual to work closely with CAN’s Executive Director to ensure smooth running of many aspects of the company’s business. This will include: responsibility for office management; monitoring of the company’s work and data collection; maintaining and updating the CAN website and social-media; as well as various elements of company administration including supporting event-management and reporting to our core funders.

This is an excellent development opportunity for a dynamic and highly-organised individual who would like make their mark in arts-administration, in a small but nationally-recognised arts company. Based in our Manchester city-centre office, you will gain insight into many aspects of our fast-paced and innovative organisation, and get to see first-hand how we put our commitment to community arts into practice, whilst running an efficient and effective forward-thinking company.

Hours of work: 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5pm, but you will need at times to work flexibly and be available for occasional evenings and weekends as required by the job. This post is subject to a 6 month probationary period.

Salary: £18,000- £22,000 per annum depending on experience. A company pension scheme is available after the six month probation period.

Click here for the full CAN Executive PA - Job Description and Person Specification if you are interested.

If you would like to apply please download the Application Form, and return your completed application to by 9am on Monday 30th April 2018, along with the CAN Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form 2018.

Interviews will be held on Wednesday 9th May 2018.

We positively welcome applications from disabled people and all sectors of the community.

CAN Executive PA - Job Description and Person Specification

Executive PA Application Form

CAN Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form 2018.


Cilla Baynes wins award at WOW Festival 2018

Community Arts North West is extremely proud of Cilla Baynes, CAN's Creative Director and Co-Founder, who recently won an Inspiring Change Award as part of Southbank’s WOW Women of the World Festival 2018, for her development of the Exodus Greater Manchester Refugee Arts programme.

Cilla was shortlisted for and won an award as part of the WOW - Women in the Creative Industries Awards that took place at Royal Festival Hall on 7th March 2018. The WOW –Women in the Creative Industries Awards are the first ever cross-sector awards to honour women who are leading the way in the creative industries, and celebrate the pivotal women who make the sector as strong as it is today.

Cilla’s Inspiring Change Award, recognises the actions of women who have been instrumental in effecting positive social change, unleashing the creativity of others and giving a platform to important stories through their work in the creative industries.

Well done Cilla and thank you WOW Women of the World Festival 2018!


CAN at the REACT Festival in Bristol

CAN to share work at the REACT Festival in Bristol

Monday 26 March to Thursday 29 March 2018 at the actacentre in Bristol.

CAN is delighted to be presenting three solo theatre pieces made by international theatre-makers, Fereshteh Mozaffari, Mahboobeh Rajabi and Emmanuel Bajiiji as part of the REACT Festival. The first two pieces, One More Push and Dancing the Lash explore Iranian women's narratives. The third piece, Candyfloss explores the struggle to engage in a new country and new culture.

The REACT festival will explore the significance of community theatre for the integration of refugees & asylum seekers with host communities across Europe. The three REACT project partners from Bristol, Rotterdam and Palermo will come together to share their learning about making theatre with refugees. They will be joined by theatre companies and practitioners, academics and students for a series of workshops and conversations, as well as six new refugee theatre shows.

Each morning will begin with a morning-after conversation to discuss the show seen the night before, with an opportunity to ask questions and to hear more from the performers and directors. This will be followed by a presentation from one of the three REACT partners, each with a different model, taking an in depth look at how they approached making refugee theatre in their country.

After lunch, the afternoon sessions will include practical and conversation workshops, as well as matinee performances.
Everyone will come back together at actacentre for dinner each evening, followed by a premiere performance of an original show in the actacentre theatre.

Workshops, talks and shows from - Good Chance, Phosphoros Theatre, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Community Arts North West (CAN), Catrin Evans, PAN Intercultural Arts, Rewrite, acta (Bristol), Rotterdams Wijktheater (Holland) and Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci (Sicily).

Festival passes (includes refreshments, lunch and dinner) from £25.

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CAN and HOME Refugee Week 2018

CAN and HOME are working in partnership to produce a programme of arts for Refugee Week between 2018-22, celebrating the contributions that refugees make to the cultural, political, social and economic life of the UK.

With Refugee Week as important as ever, as local and global politics collide, fuelling tensions around migration and refuge, the festival aims to be a City Centre based Northern response to a global phenomenon which we feel brings enormous potential to this region.

Greater Manchester has a proud tradition of providing sanctuary to people fleeing oppression and conflict and this is something worth celebrating. The festival will also provide a visible high profile platform for the regions emerging talent and opportunities for new cultural production and engagement.

An exciting programme of music, theatre, film, learning event and participation is emerging for the 2018 programme. Watch this space for updates!

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Introducing Fereshteh Mozaffari, CAN Incubated Artist

Fereshteh Mozaffari Vanani in her words

I was born at a tumultuous time in Iran just before the revolution. As a child, I lived more in my dreams than in reality. Through the university years, I was more interested in Literature than Politics but I chose Politics to find out why my country was so messed up, and why the revolution had happened. I did my MA and worked as a Teacher for two years before moving to the capital city, Tehran, to work as a Journalist and News Editor for TV. I continued in this role for 10 years before coming to the UK to do a PhD.   But life had another plan and hurled me onto a new path. I never managed to do a PhD. Instead I became a writer and theatre-maker.

In this new identity, I have been commissioned to write for the Black Gold Festival and Our City, Our Home Festival, have performed as part of MIF’s Festival in My Home and had my work published in numerous anthologies and online magazines. I am currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing at Salford University.  I love learning new things, exploring new avenues, meeting new people, and trying out new things.

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