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Darnhill Festival Association and Cartwheel Arts present

Meet the artist!

An opportunity to take part in a free workshop day with Kerith Ogden, lead artist for this year’s festival.

Thursday 3rd September     10am till 3.30pm

And there is such a thing as a free lunch!

Heywood Magic Market, York St, Heywood OL10 1LT

Learn how to build a fantastic giant puppet, lantern or parade structure.  The day will cover basic withie-and-paper construction, animation, lighting and decoration techniques.

You will make a small individual lantern to be taken away.  We will also make a large collaborative puppet –  which can also  be taken away if you have a way of transporting and keeping it! 

More information here


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You can now donate by

text to Cartwheel Arts! Simply text CART22 followed by the amount that you would like to donate (so text CART22 £2 if you want to donate £2)

to 70070.
All of the money that you donate will come straight to Cartwheel, so that we can carry on doing all the fabulous things we do!



Cartwheel Arts promotes social inclusion, cohesion, diversity and regeneration through community participation in vibrant, innovative, high-quality arts projects.

We use a wide range of media to initiate, and respond to, project opportunities in Rochdale and surrounding areas, as well as promoting the development of the arts and examples of good practice across the North West.




Cartwheel Arts featured by Arts Professional article Demonstrating Impact. Read more here.

The Cultural Commissioning Programme, funded by Arts Council England and delivered by NCVO, has published a case study on Cartwheel's work in Art for Wellbeing funded by the Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group. You can read the case study here.

Cartwheel Arts' All Well and Good project has been Highly Commended as part as the Art, Mental Health & Wellbeing Award by the National Positive Practice Awards.

Art & Soul begin a busy exhibition period.  The group sculpture, Columns of Reflection, is now on permanent display at Springhill Hospice. Their exhibition Festivals is at Heywood Sports Village. Art & Soul are an art group for adults living or working in Rochdale Borough who have experienced mental health issues.

For more information about the group please contact

Kerry on 01706 361300 or

More information and lovely pictures on our blog


Work Experience at Cartwheel Arts

Contact us if you are looking for experience in working in the arts.

We are always in the look for an enthusiastic young person willing to get some work experoience, learn the inside outs of a small charity and work along professionals in a friendly atmosphere

Contact us at

Read below what our last apprenticeship said about us...

"Working at Cartwheel was a brilliant opportunity to be a part of such diverse and worthwhile work with the community", Ashleigh Chaffey, Cartwheel Intern 2014

Have a read at the stories, exploits, experiences and heroic adventures as a Cartwheel Arts intern last year at Ashleigh Chaffey's blog













Latest Scribble Magazine is up for grabs!


The new edition of Scribble, the community issue, is out now and available in your local library if you live in Rochadle, Bury, Oldhgam, Bolton, Wigan or Blackburn. The online edition can viewed here


The latest Cartwheel publication, Blackwheel, is available online or on paper. Please go to our resources to read it, download it or buy it.


We have lots of beautiful publications available for you to download, including all the back issues of Scribble magazine. Some books and magazines are out of stock, but others are available by post -  let us know if you want a print copy.

We are looking into the future with excitement and a collection of new projects so keep up to date through Facebook, twitter or sign for our newsletter here or sending an email with subject 'sign me up for newsletter.




















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