Wednesday 3 April 2024

Tour De Manc: Cycling 225 Miles for Cartwheel Arts

We’re cycling hundreds of miles to raise money for our creative projects in Rochdale. 


Our intrepid cyclists Hebe, Molly and Elle are in training to tackle the challenging Tour De Manc on  Sunday  5th May to raise money for our charity and our many projects working with the communities of Rochdale.  

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Tuesday 19 March 2024

New green shoots in Deeplish!

Deeplish families and individuals worked with artist Alex Blakey to create beautifully decorated planters.  The planters have been decorated with the words of local people and images of the community and places in Deeplish, including the local mosque.

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Monday 26 February 2024

RBCN Small Grants Fund

Could you use some funds / resources to develop an idea or your artistic practice?

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More Funding News
Friday 23 February 2024

More funding news

Did you know about the GMCA Inspire Fund? 

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Tuesday 20 February 2024

Little Artists this Feb & March

Are you the mum, dad or carer of a 2 – 4 year old? Then Little Artists is for you. Bring your little one to a FREE...

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Monday 1 January 2024

Arts Council England Project Grants Match Funding

The ACE Project Grants Match Funding Programme is an initiative from Rochdale Borough Culture Network, funded by Your Trust and administered by Cartwheel Arts on behalf of the Network.

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Darnhill Festival 2023
Thursday 16 November 2023

Darnhill Festival 2023

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Tuesday 1 August 2023

Become a Cartwheel Trustee

Whether you’re an experienced Trustee or wanting to take your first step at Board level, we want to hear from you! We encourage applications from applications from all backgrounds, ages, lived experience, knowledge and skills, who are able to support our work in reaching and developing work and partnerships with communities in Rochdale, Greater Manchester and across the North West.

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Wednesday 17 May 2023

Darnhill Festival 2023

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Wednesday 3 May 2023

Art & Soul @ HOME

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Wednesday 14 December 2022

Award Season!

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Thursday 8 September 2022

Little Artists in Ramsbottom

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Wednesday 7 September 2022

Cartwheel Arts Awarded £20,000 from Garfield Weston Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that Cartwheel Arts has received £20,000 in funding from The Garfield Weston Foundation to help us continue delivering Art for a Reason

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Wednesday 27 April 2022

Paid Emerging Artist Opportunity

We are recruiting for three Emerging Artists to support the work we do here at Cartwheel Arts.

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Friday 1 April 2022

FLUX - For Year 6 Leavers

A creative resource for Year 6 leavers making the transition to high school

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Wednesday 16 March 2022

Stories of Strength Podcast

A new podcast sharing stories from 100 women in Rochdale.

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Thursday 13 January 2022

Welcome to Cartwheel's new Director!

Cartwheel Arts, are today announcing the appointment of their new Director, Hebe Reilly. Hebe leaves her role as Engagement Manager at The Lowry in Salford to lead Cartwheel Arts. Hebe has a track record of delivering large scale, participatory arts programmes, that support the health and wellbeing of communities, both within Greater Manchester and internationally. 

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Wednesday 15 December 2021

Season's Greetings

The Cartwheel office will be closed from 22nd December - 4th January, so we just wanted to remind you where you can access support during that time:

Phone the Samaritans on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org
Text SHOUT to 85258
Local: contact your GP
Call Rochdale MIND on 01706 752338

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Thursday 9 December 2021

Light Up Langley!

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Thursday 25 November 2021

Darnhill Winter Wonderland

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Friday 22 October 2021

We are recruiting for an Admin & Comms Officer

Could you join the team as our Admin and Comms Officer? We're looking for a highly organised individual who is passionate about digital media & communications | 15 hours per week. Closes 9th Nov, 5pm. 

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Thursday 14 October 2021

Join the Cartwheel team

We are currently recuriting for two posts. The Director position closes on Friday 22nd October at 9am, and the Admin and Communications Officer closes on Tuesday 9th November at 5pm.

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Thursday 26 August 2021

We are recruiting for a new Director

Our long standing Director Rick Walker is retiring after two decades with the company. We are therefore looking for an experienced leader who is passionate about the social impact that participatory arts can make in low income neighbourhoods and marginalised communities, delivering creative excitement and positive outcomes for both individuals and groups, and in bringing about a socially just society

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Wednesday 4 August 2021

Thank you!

We are so pleased to announce that we have been awarded £18,253 from Postcode Neighbourhood Trust to support our programme of work: Art for a Reason.

Postcode Neighbourhood Trust are a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Find out more at Postcode Neighbourhood Trust and Postcode Lottery
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Monday 2 August 2021

New team members

We're delighted to introduce our new Project Assistants, who have come to us via the Kickstart programme. Millie and Bailey will be with us till the end of November and we're thrilled to have them as part of the Cartwheel team.

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Thursday 1 July 2021

Like what we do? Join our Board!

We are recruiting for a volunteer with a background in finance to join our Board of Trustees.

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Thursday 1 July 2021

WIN! Art for Induction Materials!

A fantastic opportunity for Rochdale Schools to win an exciting array of materials that complement the Art for Induction resource.

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Tuesday 1 June 2021

The Poetry Miles

Creative conversations with three communities across Rochdale - Deeplish, Langley and Darnhill. Collaborative poems jet-washed on to the streets, creating an immersive arts experience that the public can walk along. 

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Tuesday 16 March 2021

Kickstart: Project Assistants

We are delighted to announce that we are recruiting 2 x Project Assistants through the Kickstart scheme... 

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Wednesday 10 March 2021

Little Artists: big box of creativity

We're delighted to announce our latest project, Little Artists: big box of creativity. With funding from the Ragdoll Foundation and Rochdale Borough Council. Cartwheel Arts will be working with 30 families across Rochdale to co-design an activity resource and art pack for children aged 2-4 years.

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Tuesday 16 February 2021

Nature in Danger!

Nature in Danger was a Curious Minds funded project that took place over October half term with a group of 12 young people in Year 7 who are from refugee, asylum seeker or Gypsy Roma Traveller families and who are going through the toughest of transitions. We're pleased to release the video about the project which you can watch here

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Thursday 28 January 2021

Fire Shows!

Thanks to funding from The Guinness Partnership and their contractors Integrated Water Services, Inc. Pennington Choices and Aspect Contracts we were able to invite Travelling Light Circus to perform fire shows across Darnhill, Heywood during December. This photo is such a great reminder of how the arts bring joy and wonder.

Here is the film from the show we did with Rochdale Youth Service. https://youtu.be/soqxm-jtGtw 

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Wednesday 16 December 2020

Creative Christmas packs

Following the success of the Get Creative Inside! packs earlier in the year, the Darnhill Festival Association commissioned us to develop a Christmas Creative pack for 1,100 primary school children on the Darnhill estate. You can download your pack here

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Wednesday 9 December 2020

Collaborate Updates

Read more about our artists in reviews, interviews and blog posts surrounding the Collaborate exhibition.

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Friday 20 November 2020

Collaborate Exhibition

We gathered together on Thursday 19th November to celebrate brand new work from 10 Greater Manchester based artists. Responding to the new ways we're connecting online the artists explored a range of environmental issues...

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Tuesday 27 October 2020

Nature in Danger!

Nature in Danger is a Curious Minds funded project taking place over October half term with a group of 12 young people in Year 7 who are from refugee, asylum seeker or Gypsy Roma Traveller families and who are going through the toughest of transitions. 

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Thursday 24 September 2020

Cartwheel Arts: 6 months of lockdown

On Wednesday 23rd September, Cartwheel Arts marked 6 months since the UK first went into Lockdown by publishing an impact report showing their response to the pandemic so far.

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Tuesday 21 July 2020

GMCA Creative Care Kits!

We've been delighted to contribute activities to the GMCA Creative Care Kits that have been distributed to 38,000 people across Greater Manchester over the past few weeks. 

You can download the packs here:

Creative Care Kit for young people

Creative Care Kit for older people

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Wednesday 15 July 2020

Get Creative Inside Tutorial Videos!

So you have the materials and you want to try out one of our activities in an easy and accessible way. We've made it really easy for you to join in with these dedicated art tutorial videos!

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Monday 15 June 2020

Join the Cartwheel Board of Trustees!

We are recruiting for a volunteer to join our Board of Trustees

Closing date: 3rd July 2020, 5pm

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Monday 4 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.

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Monday 4 May 2020

Support from Pritt

We would like to extend a big thank you to Pritt (made by Henkel UK) who donated 4,500 glue sticks for our Get Creative Inside Packs.

Click Pritt's logo to find a special creative activity!

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Tuesday 11 February 2020

Join the Cartwheel Board of Trustees!

We are recruiting for a practising artist or experienced arts manager to join our Board of Trustees...

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Wednesday 28 August 2019

Darnhill Time Machine film!

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Wednesday 26 June 2019

Creativity in Newbold

Over the summer months Newbold is getting creative in a series of workshops that are completely free to attend! Find out who it's for and how to get involved...

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Wednesday 1 May 2019

Join the Cartwheel Board of Trustees

We are recruiting for a voluntary Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees, find out more here

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Thursday 28 March 2019

Our Overspill project launch!

Call in for tea and cake and find out more about our heritage project - collecting and sharing memories and stories from Manchester's slum clearances and overspill estates...

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Thursday 21 March 2019

The impact of IMPACT

IMPACT: Reaching Out has been and gone. We've reflected on how the day went and collated your feedback...

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Thursday 24 January 2019

Tickets on sale now!

IMPACT: Reaching Out is an Art for Wellbeing conference focusing on using creativity to achieve meaningful engagement and positive mental wellbeing outcomes. 

Aimed at health professionals, arts organisations, third sector partners and the education sector, delegates will take part in inspirational workshops and presentations for a unique and immersive experience.

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Wednesday 19 December 2018

Save the date! IMPACT: Reaching Out

IMPACT: Reaching Out will take place on Wednesday 13th March 2019, 9:30-4pm, at the Rochdale Town Hall. It is a conference for arts organisations/practitioners, health professionals and the education sector to explore the impact of the arts on mental health.

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Wednesday 31 October 2018

We're recruiting!

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and are recruiting for a Project Manager to deliver, Overspill.

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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Darnhill Festival 2018: the natural festival

Art's coming home! Despite competing with the England football team for festival attendees, we had a great turn out at our natural inspired festival. See here for more photos of the day.

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Thursday 31 May 2018

Darnhill Summer Festival 2018: Save the Date

Come along to the Darnhill Summer Festival and experience all things natural! From willow weaving to natural potions! As well as a climbing wall, bouncy castle, face painting and a mini farm!

All welcome to this free event!

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Wednesday 30 May 2018

Cartwheel Arts Privacy Notice

You've probably heard a lot about GDPR recently. Well, here at Cartwheel Arts we take your privacy very seriously and will never, ever pass your data on. Read our full Privacy Notice for more information.

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Friday 25 May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week

Last Friday we held an open day to open up discussion about stress and share ideas on how to cope with it...

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Tuesday 22 May 2018

Volunteers' Week

For Volunteers Week 2018 we’re holding an open day for everyone interested in our current volunteer roles!

It will take place on Tuesday 5th June between 1-4pm at our office in Heywood

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Monday 21 May 2018

Creative Team Building

Creative Team Building with Shelter resulted in all delegates feeling more confident.

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Thursday 17 May 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week

Join us on Friday 18th May in our creative studio for a day of stress-free workshops...

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Tuesday 24 April 2018

Darnhill Summer Festival 2018!


We are delighted to announce that the annual Darnhill summer festival will take place on Saturday 7th July 2018 from 12pm on and around Argyle Parade and Darnhill Library.

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Tuesday 28 November 2017

New Publications

Cartwheel Arts new publications are available now online and printed.

Read Do. Be. (in partnership with Link4Life) & Springs Uncovered (produced for Springs Tenant Management Cooperative)

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Wednesday 11 October 2017

CRESS - Taster Sessions - OPENED

Taster sessions allow an introduction to Art for Wellbeing and are aimed at adults who feel their wellbeing would benefit from regular creative group activity.

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Wednesday 21 June 2017

Creative CPD Training available

Cartwheel Arts have 2 programmes of CPD training coming up, providing you with creative methods to implement Best Practice.

CPD sessions will be delivered at our Art for Wellbeing Studio, Dandelion Create in August/September 2017

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Thursday 2 March 2017

Do. Be.

Cartwheel Arts and Link4Life are excited to announce the online presence of Do.Be.

Mapping and Best Practice project of cultural and sporting activities, which promote emotional wellbeing and resilience for children and young people in the borough.

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Thursday 2 March 2017

FILMS for Wellbeing

CHeck our latest film productions 'work in progress"...

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Thursday 2 March 2017

Scribble Festival 2016

A celebration of community writing, story telling and publishing

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Tuesday 24 January 2017

Power In Your Pocket

Power in Your Pocket launches in Rochdale

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Thursday 24 November 2016

100 Moments to wrap up...

100 Moments, Aug 2016- Feb 2017
100 Moments began in August 2016 and  is the launch project for Live Well Make Art, a social movement across Greater Manchester promoting and fostering the benefits of creativity and the arts for health and wellbeing.

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Thursday 24 November 2016

Awards & Grants

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded two new grants by Trusthouse Charitable Foundation and Woodward Charitable Trust

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Wednesday 23 November 2016

IMPACT: Led by You

Art for Wellbeing conference exploring participant led approaches

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Wednesday 20 July 2016

Exhibitions: Summer 2016

We have a variety of exhibitions for this summer for you to enjoy.

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