CAN Young Artists are developing their new project for 2021.

The new CAN Young Artists project follows their stunning contribution to the UN's Mother Tongue Day in February.

Their project is being developed through outreach in Manchester’s diverse communities; building on the group’s proud history of making diversity its strength.

In February 2021, CAN Young Artists shared their beautiful and moving film Would You Take My Hand? which was partly inspired the extensive world collections of Manchester Museum.

“I wake up and see people from all over the world…”

“The place I call home has the world on its doorstep.”

“I have friends from Hong Kong, Belgium, Egypt, Latvia, Somalia, Slovenia, Poland, Sudan, Emirates…”

Made pre-lockdown, the film was screened as part of Manchester City of Literature’s 2021 online celebrations of the UN’s International Mother Tongue Day to UK, international, and Manchester audiences.

“What a beautiful film…I have a wonderful glow under my chest bone.”

Using the film as a jumping-off point, the new CAN Young Artists’ project will explore their connections to Manchester, the city’s connection to them, and their place in the wider world.

The group is delighted to be back meeting up for taster sessions every Tuesday and Thursday.

Supported by BBC Children in Need.



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