About us

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, Oldham, Bury, Wigan and North Manchester, as well as promoting the development of the arts and examples of good practice across the North West.

Cartwheel has over 35 years experience of promoting imaginative, and often challenging arts projects - we do not shy from confronting difficult or sensitive issues.  Our focus is on participation, enabling people who may have had little experience of the arts to explore and develop their creativity and talents, generating a sense of ownership and pride.

We currently receive contributions to our core funding from Arts Council England, the National Lottery Community Fund and Greater Manchester Combined Authority. 

In addition we receive funds for projects from a wide variety of sources, mainly charitable trusts, but also local authorities, the NHS and other government departments.

Our work would not be possible without regular collaboration with different partners, ranging from fellow arts organisations, to  local authority departments etc.

Partnerships can take many forms depending on the partners and the scope of the work. These could be informal one off arrangements with community groups to more formal memoranda of association or contracts with health bodies, national voluntary organisations, educational establishments at all levels, social landlords and statutory organisations.

We also work closely and actively with our funders. We actively promote the development of the arts and examples of good practice, and we are always keen to meet new prospective partners!


News 04 May 2020

Just a little note from all the staff team at Cartwheel Arts to say that we hope you are all well during this challenging time.

Cartwheel’s work has always centred around the power of human connection so we are fully aware of the impact that the distancing may be having.

We are working hard behind the scenes to devise a way of offering these creative connections in another format, as a temporary measure, and will keep you updated when we have something to share.

Following advice from the government, the Cartwheel team are all working from home. The office phone isn’t being manned, but we can pick up voicemails if you leave one, and we are answering emails.

This time will pass, and when it does we can’t wait to see you all and use art as a way to heal and reconnect.

News 28 August 2019
Darnhill Time Machine film!
Darnhill Time Machine film!

Cartwheel Arts
110 Manchester Street
OL10 1DW


T: 01706 361300 
E: admin@cartwheelarts.org.uk

Company number: 2161995
Charity number: 519394

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