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GM Artist Hub brings together many of the performing arts organisations & venues in Greater Manchester to offer our support to the independent practitioners, artists, and companies in our local area.
The network first came together in April 2020, led by The Lowry & funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, as a response to COVID-19. In its first year, as the pandemic unfolded, GMAH offered advice, training, and support to over 500 local creative freelancers. As our partnership evolves, we continue working together to find ways to support our city region’s creative community.
We offer FREE, private, 30-minute Advisory Sessions every Monday, and on some Wednesday evenings — where you can chat through your creative thoughts, get some advice, or develop your network & stay connected.
We host an ad hoc programme of Group Sessions to look at bigger developments as they come up — watch a recording of Augusts’s in-depth look at Arts Council DYCP on YouTube, and April’s in-depth look at Arts Council NLPG on YouTube.
We occasionally run projects responding to the needs of particular groups in our creative community; previous projects included:
- REVIVE FUND, offering support and a hardship bursary for freelancers excluded from other sources of support
- REBOOT FUND, supporting eight early career practitioners to develop their skills and explore ideas for new work
- ORIGINATE FUND, commissioning new performance from artists based in Greater Manchester
- MENTOR SCHEME, providing paid training for experienced artists to develop their skills as mentors
- DIGITAL FUND, supporting marginalised artists who are experiencing digital poverty, supported by Chief Productions
Throughout all of our work, we aim to listen and respond to what artists & creative freelancers tell us they need — please see our Guiding Principles.
The Lowry is proud to be part of the GM Artist Hub project alongside:
Community Arts Northwest, Contact, hÅb + Word of Warning, HOME, Manchester International Festival, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, SICK! Festival, Sustained Theatre Up North, Waterside Arts & Creative Industries Trafford, Future Everything and Z-arts