Libraries of Sanctuary.

Greater Manchester is a vibrant and international region, where generations of people from all over the world have settled. This makes our region one of the most culturally exciting places to live in the UK.

CAN’s Exodus programme brings people together to celebrate this cultural richness and create a strong ethos of welcome in our region.  In 2021, we’re collaborating with the Libraries of Greater Manchester and City of Sanctuary to create Welcome Days and Artist Showcases that invite people to their local library to see great art, make new connections, and enjoy creativity together.

Every week our team at CAN discovers amazing artists from across the globe who’ve made Manchester their home. For this project, we worked with a team of these artists and library staff to co-design a programme which supports the Sanctuary ethos.

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Credit Kooj Chuhan


City of Sanctuary UK supports a network of over 100 towns, cities, and villages, holding the vision that the UK will be a welcoming place of safety for all.  As part of this growing initiative, several libraries are now established as Libraries of Sanctuary.

For more information about CAN’s Libraries of Sanctuary Welcome Days please contact Katherine Rogers, CAN’s Exodus Creative Producer at

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