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Meet the artists!

An opportunity to take part in a day of free workshops with two leading lights in the field of street theatre and carnival arts – Sue Auty of Whalley Range All Stars and Lisa Gort of Cloud Factory.

Tuesday 23rd September 10am till 4pm

And there is such a thing as a free lunch!

The Pop Up Literature and Ideas Shop,

Unit 24, Wheatsheaf Centre,Yorkshire St, Rochdale OL16 1JY (formerly Greenwoods mens outfitters)

More information and booking information here










Link to Darnhill page
Link to Tell us another one page

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.














Jim Dobbin  MP

We are shocked to hear of the death of Jim Dobbin MP for Heywood and Middleton. Jim was a staunch supporter of our work and of the voluntary sector generally. The last time we met him was in July when he once again opened Darnhill Festival.He is pictured here with Antony Mason of Holy Family, winner of the schools' invention competition, and the invention  itself. Books of condolence are to be opened in Heywood and Middleton libraries.

Another Darnhill Festival Success!

This year’s theme was the Festival of Invention inspired by the European Year of the Brain. At the festival, there were art, DJing, dance, circus skills, graffiti, and drumming workshops, live music, a variety of stalls, inflatables, and the procession. The festival was a huge success, enjoyed by all.

We would like to thank the Darnhill Festival Association, all the volunteers, stallholders, artists, local businesses, the schools that took part, and the fabulous community for all their involvement. We are already looking forward to next year!   Find out more about the festival here.

Look at this year's photos on Flickr

Art for Wellbeing

Wellbeing Dominos is a project to develop and trial a 'wellbeing game' and run a training programme for community groups supporting peoples wellbeing through creative engagement. We are working with Lighthouse Project and Crimble Croft Community Centre on this project.

Enter-Art begins its second phase. The Creative Champions are working with CRI Rochdale to create banners celebrating addiction recovery, in preparation for the Recovery Walk 2014 to be held in Manchester.  Thanks to additional funding from AGMA through Link4Life we will be extending this project and hope to hold Masterclasses in curation, mounting, framing, and site specific artwork before a collaborative exhibition in July.

More information on Enter-Art can be found on our blog,

Purani Yaadein/ Old Memories is a creative support project for people with dementia and their families and carers.  This is a collaborative project with BME Health Matters. 

Art & Soul begin a busy exhibition period.  The group sculpture, Columns of Reflection, is now on permanent display at Springhill Hospice.

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

We recently completed another fabulous project with Barnardo'sYoung Persons' Forum. Read all about it here.

Tell Us Another One is in full swing again, with seven Story Groups (creative writing groups) meeting monthly, a range of mini projects underway, the new Scribble magazine due out in the Autumn and Scribble Festival at Middleton  Arena on Thursday 23rd October, tied in this year to Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival

Read Robert McCrum's Guardian blog about Scribble Festival 2013

More info on the Tell Us Another One website 

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.



Like what we do?

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!



















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