Pushing Boundaries – FREE Arts in Education Training

Running between September to December 2022, Pushing Boundaries supports artists with lived experience of forced migration to learn skills and develop the networks to work in schools

Are you an artist with lived experience of forced migration?

Would you like to gain experience running creative sessions in primary and secondary schools?

Pushing Boundaries will support you to understand how your creativity can benefit children, teachers, and schools. The project will give you the skills and knowledge to help you earn money by working in arts education and delivering creative workshops and programmes in primary and secondary schools.

You’ll learn from two leading arts organisations, CAN and Curious Minds– which are experts in running creative projects in schools. Plus, you’ll meet a range of Greater Manchester schools and learn about arts education opportunities for artists both regionally and nationally.

You’ll be matched with an artist mentor who already delivers school-based arts projects to support your learning.  You’ll learn the facilitation skills needed to engage successfully with children and young people.

Through innovative training and hands-on experience with a practical placement, you’ll learn about the curriculum and how schools deliver it.

This will prepare you for professional practice and work opportunities. You’ll also learn about applying for funding to support your work.


Am I eligible to apply?

  • You must be an artist with lived experience of forced migration
  • Living in Greater Manchester
  • You must have permission to work in the UK
  • You must be over 18 years of age
  • You must be keen to work with young people in schools
  • You must be able to communicate in written and spoken English
  • You must have a background in drama, dance, visual arts, music, or writing
  • You must be available for the full 5-day training and a 5-day placement in a local school

Interviews: Wednesday 8 June and Wednesday 15 June


Training will take place on Wednesdays in September and October 2022.

Placements in schools will run from October to December 2022.


All expenses and a bursary of up to £1,000 are available per artist.

How to apply

There will be an information session on zoom on Tuesday 17 May at 5pm to find out more about the training and ask questions.

Please complete the Pushing Boundaries Application Form  and email it to katherine@can.uk.com

For more information, for the zoom link or for help with the application: Ring Katherine on 07533 568 672 or email katherine@can.uk.com

Deadline for applications: Monday 30 May

Pushing Boundaries is a partnership project between CAN and Curious Minds

Curious Minds

Fuelled by curiosity, we work to make high-quality creative and cultural learning opportunities available to all children and young people, both in and out of school. Curious Minds does this by connecting teachers and youth workers with artists and creative practitioners; giving them access to information, expertise, space, and resources to facilitate collaboration and innovation in the field of creative and cultural education. Our team combines expertise from across the worlds of culture, education, and children’s services. Together we are deeply committed to enabling creative and inclusive practice for the benefit of all children and young people from birth to 25.

Community Arts North West

Also known as CAN, has led the field in community arts since 1978 and is at the cutting edge of intercultural arts practice. We have particular expertise and interest in arts and migration. Through exciting and high-quality creative projects with artists, communities, and young people, CAN shares powerful creative work, shining a light on new talent and fresh voices, and enriching Greater Manchester’s cultural landscape. CAN’s work is firmly rooted in social justice and driven by ethical values.

In partnership with Curious Minds

Photos: Shirlaine Forrest and Kooj Chuhan

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