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Darnhill Festival
'The Light Fantastic'

Saturday 4th July 2015
12noon - 5pm

The festival was held on Saturday 4th July in and around Argyle Parade. This was the 12th consecutive summer festival organised by Cartwheel Arts in conjunction with Darnhill Festival Association and many believe it was the biggest yet.

The inspiration for this year’s procession was the UN International Year of Light and Solar Technology, and the work on show was truly dazzling. Children from Heap Bridge Primary School and Our Lady & St Paul’s RC Primary joined with service users from disability organisation Chrysalis in showing off the brilliant carnival costumes they had made. Meanwhile Guides, Brownies and Rainbows from St Margarets and Woodland took inspiration from the day itself – US Independence Day with a fast moving display of American icons and popular culture. Read more here

Generate and Demonstrate Conference
16th July 2015, 9.30-4pm
Manchester Metropolitan University,
Birley Campus, Manchester, M15 6GX

Cartwheel Arts are organising a conference exploring arts and impact as part of our project Art for Wellbeing.

Featuring a newly commissioned exhibition, film showcase, talks, workshops and Q&As with NHS Commissioners, Senior Public Health professionals, Carers Services and Third Sector and Arts organisations. Venture Arts and verd de gris are working with Cartwheel Arts to provide inspirational, challenging and experience-based content to the event.

Health professionals and Third Sector organisations will share creative solutions to generate positive mental wellbeing. Through creative tools and methods, we will explore capturing evidence to effectively communicate impact.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite, priced at £40 including refreshments, lunch and a Delegate Action Pack.

Purchase tickets here
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Work Experience at Cartwheel Arts

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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



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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.














Latest Scribble Magazine is out 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.



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

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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