enJOY arts are delighted to announce that, in collaboration with our friends at Tandem Theatre, we have been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England for an exciting new young women’s project based in Greater Manchester!
‘Tales of Manchester Life’ will focus on the life and times of Elizabeth Gaskell, one of the Victorian Era’s most important women writers, and culminate in public performances at newly re-opened Elizabeth Gaskell’s House in Ardwick. The project is due to begin in early 2015 with the performances taking place at the end of May.
‘Tales of Manchester Life’ will enable young women from Wythenshawe and Salford to explore the cultural and social context of the period in which Gaskell wrote, focusing on women and their changing roles, through creative writing and performance. The young women will take their inspiration from visits to local heritage sites such as Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, Quarry Bank Mill and Knutsford Heritage Centre.
enJOY arts and Tandem Theatre are two female-led community arts organisations working primarily with young people in Greater Manchester and aiming to broaden their cultural horizons. Working with heritage experts and volunteers from Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, participants in this project will be able to find out more about Gaskell’s work, life and times, interpret this creatively in a way that feels relevant to them and share their heritage learning with other young people and the wider community.
Sara Hilton, Head of HLF North West, says: “It’s wonderful to see young Manchester women engaging with one of the city’s historic female figures, through the places and ideas associated with her. ‘Tales of Manchester Life’ is a great example of how exploring heritage can help us understand our identity and still inspire us today.”
We are thrilled to have received the support of both the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England for this exciting project! We are confident that ‘Tales of Manchester Life’ will engage young women with both heritage and positive female roles models in a creative and inspiring way. This project has been made possible by an award of £31,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Programme and £9,705 from Arts Council England.
Watch this space to see how the project develops and for updates on the final performances!