Creative Team Day at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House

We had a great day gearing up for ‘Tales of Manchester Life’, our young women’s creative heritage project, on Saturday. Our drama practitioners, writer and musician got together for a day of sharing ideas and inspiration at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. A big thank you to the volunteers at the house for accommodating us. Here are some photos from the day…

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We’re now looking forward to kickstarting the project with young women from Wythenshawe and Salford on a series of trips and visits next week!

Musician and Workshop Leader Required

enJOY arts and Tandem Theatre are seeking an experienced Musician and Workshop Leader for ‘Tales of Manchester Life’ a creative heritage project for young women aged 14 to 21 that aims to explore the life, work and times of Elizabeth Gaskell through performance. The project will run from January – July 2015, including public performances at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House at the end of May. This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Programme and Arts Council England.

Please see the Musician and Workshop Leader Recruitment Information and Project Timeline Document, or email for details on how to apply.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 4th December.

Interviews will take place in Manchester on Friday 12th December.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Funding Success for Young Women’s Creative Heritage Project

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!HLF Logo

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Manchester Summer Arts College 2014

enJOY arts got spooky making a short horror film with a group of young people as part of the Manchester Summer Arts College 2014! The group gave it their all and worked together to create some really chilling scenes… Enrolment Day

Enrolment Day

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The young people took part in drama, visual art, filming and creative writing workshops and also went on tours of the BBC and the Sharp Project. They all achieved their Bronze Arts Award as part of the project – well done to everyone involved!

Wythenshawe Arts Award Project

We’ve had a great time working with young people in Wythenshawe over the past 8 weeks. The group have taken part in drama activities, devising and performing their own scenes, and each completed their Bronze Arts Awards. As part of the project, we went to see Much Ado About Nothing at the Royal Exchange in Manchester and afterwards the group were able to meet and interview one of the actors, David Judge. The wordcloud below shows some of the young people’s feedback from the project – it’s always nice to see when fun is the word that comes up the most! This project has been delivered with the support of Wythenshawe Community Housing Trust and funded by the Arts Award Access Fund. A big well done to all the young people involved and we look forward to working with them again soon!Wythenshawe Word Cloud April 2014jpg

Meeting some of the cast from Much Ado About Nothing before interviewing David Judge

Meeting some of the cast from Much Ado About Nothing before interviewing David Judge

Arts Award Project in Sale West

We’re looking forward to starting a new creative arts project with young people in the Sale West area. As part of the project, young people will take part in a variety of creative arts activities and work towards the Bronze Level Arts Award. We’re grateful to Sale West and Ashton Partnership and Trafford GMP for funding this project and look forward to working in partnership with them. Our first taster session for the project will run on Monday 27th January – check out our flyer!

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Choices and Chances on display at the People’s History Museum!

We’re very pleased to announce that the awesome board game designed by young people on this year’s Manchester Summer Arts College is now on display at the People’s History Museum! It will be there until 10th September, so hurry down and see it while you can – here’s a sneak preview of it in its display case…

Choices and Chances on display at the People's History Museum!

Choices and Chances on display at the People’s History Museum!