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Since the second half of the 20th century, the arts and cultural sector has sought to work with artists as…

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The Horizons festival celebrates the enduring power of creativity by international artists who have made Manchester their home through migration….

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We’re absolutely thrilled that CAN and Curious Minds won a 2023 Manchester Culture Award for our project Pushing Boundaries

6 Dec 2023

Pushing Boundaries was developed to respond to the need for the pool of freelancers devising and delivering arts workshops in…

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CAN and the A Great British Welcome UNHCR exhibition

12 Oct 2023

CAN (Community Arts North West) is featured in the A Great British Welcome a powerful outdoor photography exhibition, produced by…

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Pushing Boundaries is a finalist in the Manchester Culture Awards 2023!

3 Oct 2023

It was announced on the 4 October 2023 that our innovative project Pushing Boundaries has been shortlisted as a finalist…

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Stella Barnes, Creative Director, is leaving Community Arts North West

29 Jun 2023

Stella has successfully led CAN since 2019, having joined us from a freelance career, which followed a 13 year career…

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Making Creative Sparks Fly

17 Apr 2023

Over five Saturdays in March and April, CAN produced Creative Sparks workshops for families, adults, young people, and children, many…

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Celebrating International Women’s Day in Rochdale 2023

3 Apr 2023

We were thrilled to celebrate International Women’s Day 2023 at Touchstones on Friday 10 March, with the women who’ve been…

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Developing our knowledge with carbon literacy training

30 Mar 2023

In March, CAN had training from expert Carbon Literacy trainer/consultant Safia Griffin to grow our understanding of climate change and…

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Eighteen CAN Young Artists create Without Borders

6 Mar 2023

Over 2023’s February half term, CAN Young Artists, together with four workshop artist facilitators and CAN’s Creative Producer Michelle Udogu…

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Reflecting on Pushing Boundaries

16 Feb 2023

With our partner Curious Minds, we had an enjoyable evaluation session with our Pushing Boundaries artists and mentors. Pushing Boundaries…

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CAN’s work is celebrated in Rochdale

25 Jan 2023

The Rochdale Women’s Voices project was a finalist in the Community Education Project category in the annual Rochdale Borough Sports and…

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CAN Young Artists visit Manchester Animation Festival

21 Nov 2022

Hosted at different Manchester venues including HOME, the festival brings UK and international film-makers and fans together for a five-day-long…

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Community Arts North West (CAN) is confirmed as an Arts Council England NPO for 2023 – 2026

2 Nov 2022

We are proud to take our place amongst thousands of arts and culture organisations that will realise the objectives of…

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Creativity is one of the joys of life!

21 Sep 2022

CAN welcomed young people with asylum seeker or refugee heritage who have roots in Iran, Sudan, Kuwait, Syria, Nigeria, and…

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Conversations flowed at the Horizons Creative Café

22 Jul 2022

Nearly 20 artists with forced migration backgrounds joined the creative teams from HOME and CAN at the chilled Horizons Creative…

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Reflections on the White Gaze and the Land In Between for Artists and Communities

21 Jul 2022

Here’s an edited transcript of Stella’s presentation which was featured in the symposium: Transnational Lived Citizenship Through Creative Production. We…

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Discover what FREEDOM means to CAN Young Artists

20 Jun 2022

You can’t help but be inspired and moved by the film SPARKS OF FREEDOM based on the theme “freedom” created…

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CAN and the panel discussion Refugee Arts Networks: Extending The Frame

15 Mar 2022

The hybrid event featured CAN (Community Arts North West), the University of Manchester and European refugee arts networks from Germany,…

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Unique networking event for CAN Do Creatives

11 Mar 2022

Our innovative project CAN Do Creatives, funded by the European Social Fund, culminated with a showcase and networking event at…

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CAN DO Creatives – latest news

13 Dec 2021

Just before we break up for the holidays – Happy Holidays, by the way – we held an evaluation session…

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It’s a wrap for our Libraries of Sanctuary project

9 Dec 2021

Through great art, Libraries of Sanctuary raised awareness of what it means to be a sanctuary seeker with staff, volunteers,…

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2020 – 2021 An extraordinary year for Community Arts North West

8 Dec 2021

CAN’s work is more important than ever. Most of our face-to-face projects were cancelled during lockdown, but we still made…

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Emmanuela Logolelo’s research trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo

19 Nov 2021

Emmanuela Yogolelo is our Assistant Creative Producer working on our Children and Young People’s programme. She is also a nationally…

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