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!