During lockdown, The Lowry initiated the GM Artist hub, a city-wide collaboration between Greater Manchester arts organisations which enables us all to collectively respond to the needs of independent practitioners, artists, and companies in our local area during the COVID-19 pandemic.
By our organisations working together in our first ever joint artist development project, we have been able to benefit hundreds of artists in our shared local ecology.
Since April that has included free 1-1 advice sessions, group sessions to address wider developments as they arise, and talking to specific groups in the artistic and freelance community in order to better understand the needs of artists at this time.
We have offered hardship bursaries, invested in early career artists and jointly commissioned new performance work. Each partner venue has and continues to dedicate significant time and resources to deliver this collaborative effort for artist support.
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 and Z-arts