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Cartwheel marks 30 years

We celebrated our 30th birthday on November 19th at Heywood Civic Centre, with a day of stimulating discussions and lively performances, enjoyed by members of the company, participants in many of our projects, artists and current and former staff and trustees. You can read a report of the day here.

The picture below shows Rick Walker, Director of Cartwheel, with (from the left) arts consultant Gerri Moriarty and Manchester University lecturer Alison Jeffers, who were two of the original staff members, the  Mayor and Mayoress of Rochdale and Cilla Baynes, Director of Community Arts Northwest, who was one of the founding Trustees and provided a good deal of mentoring support in the early days. The audience very much enjoyed the hair raising tales of early Cartwheel projects when health and safety was not as strictly observed as it is now!

You can see photos of the day by Moheb Ataee on Flickr










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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.














Darnhill Christmas Festival 2014 takes place at Darnhill Library on Monday 8th December from 3pm - 7pm. Santa will be in attendance, you can hone your circus skills with Skylight Circus Arts and there will be arts

and craft activities galore.

The Cultural Commissioning Programme, funded by Arts Council England and delivered by NCVO, has just 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.


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 sending an email with subject 'sign me up for newsletter' or follow the stories, exploits, experiences and heroic adventures as a Cartwheel Arts intern by following Ashleigh Chaffey's blog

New issue of Scribble out now!

The new edition of Scribble, the Invention issue, is out now and available inyour local library if you live in Rochadle, Bury, Oldhgam, Bolton, Wigan or Blackburn. The online edition can viewed at or downloaded on our website here

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.

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. A lovely book and CD documenting the project are available from Cartwheel.

More information and lovely pictures on our blog

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


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

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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