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Darnhill Festival 2016 – ‘The best thing’

This is how a child described the last edition of Darnhill Festival – The Water Cycle. Can’t get any better than this or can’t it?

On Saturday 2nd of July we celebrated the thirteenth edition of the beloved Darnhill Festival in and around Argyle Parade, organised by Cartwheel Arts in conjunction with Darnhill Festival Association.

Darnhill Festival’s reputation as the Lucky Festival was challenged for the first time in years with wet weather conditions throughout the morning and cloudy during the afternoon. But despite the weather conditions more than thousand people came together for a celebration of culture and creativity making it the best festival ever!If you’d like to find out more about the Darnhill Festival Association, or get involved by attending one of their regular meetings that take place throughout the year, please email

There is also an exhibition about Storm and Brook’s Wondrous Water World Adventures at Darnhill Library until Monday 18 July.  You can have a look at the artwork created, pick up a booklet and CD about the project, or have a listen to the radio plays on Cartwheel Arts audioboom channel This project involved Harwood Park, Heap Bridge, Hopwood, St Lukes and St Margaret’s primary schools.

Once again a selection of pupils’ artwork and words, were published in a bright and snappy book designed by Cartwheel Arts and Bamford Print.


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


IMPACT: Led by You

9.30-4.00pm, Thursday 13th October 2016

Chancellors Hotel (The University of Manchester) Chancellors Way, Moseley Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6NN (SAT NAV M14 6ZT)

Tickets available from Eventbrite priced between £75-100 with discounts for previous conference delegates and multiple purchases.

IMPACT: Led by You conference focuses on using creativity to achieve mental wellbeing outcomes and explores the concept of participant led approaches. Aimed at health professionals, arts organisations and third sector partners, delegates will take part in inspirational workshops presentations and join a unique, immersive, user-led experience.

For more information about the group please contact

Kerry on 01706 361300 or

More information and lovely pictures on our blog





'Ours' and 'Digital Communities' exhibitions at Touchstones

Cartwheel Arts, Art for Wellbeing programme works with several participant-led, creative and support groups in the borough of Rochdale. Ours is a collaborative exhibition showcasing the creative work of two of these groups Art & Soul, based in Heywood and Artful, based in Rochdale.  Animation, photography, sculptural works and paper-based pieces form an exhibition to inspire wellbeing.

Ours also exhibits Digital Communities, a Cartwheel Arts project aiming to widen and increase our engagement and audience through digital based projects and developments.

‘Ours’ shows the impact and significance of creative engagement. Through group-work, digital platforms and courses, Cartwheel Arts enable high quality and meaningful participation, supporting individual wellbeing and developing stronger communities.

      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  





Scribble Magazine issue#20 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


Scribble Magazine issue 21 will be published next autumn 2016.


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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