Herizons open International Women’s Day at the Town Hall

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In celebration of International Women’s Day yesterday, our Herizons creative women’s group were delighted to open the event at Manchester Town Hall, singing the rousing Gaskell: The Musical! anthem, Let the Women Rise.

The event was hosted by Manchester City Council and featured a keynote speech from former international athlete Diane Modahl in addition to awards for significant achievements by women across the city. The whole Herizons team had a fantastic time celebrating the strong women of Manchester and beyond in such a prestigious venue and were particularly pleased that a number of people felt moved to sing along with us in the final chorus!

Thanks to funding from One Manchester Community Soup, the group have been meeting regularly since January to take part in music and drama workshops at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. Many of the group were original cast members of Gaskell: The Musical!, though we’ve been pleased to welcome some new members along the way and hope to keep expanding the group going forward.

Herizons meet every Wednesday afternoon and are currently working towards a performance inspired by women from Manchester’s history, which we look forward to sharing in May – more details to follow soon!

International Women’s Day with LGBT Youth North West

We spent the day working with young women at LBGT Youth North West on Saturday 8th March, in celebration of International Women’s Day. This year’s theme was ‘Women as Peacemakers’ so we creatively explored messages and images of peace with the group. It was a lovely, peaceful day – check out some of the work they produced!

IWD 2014 Hands


IWD 2014 Artwork

Textile Workshop Leader Required

enJOY arts are seeking an experienced Textile Workshop Leader for ‘Make Do & Mend’ – a creative heritage project for young women aged 14 to 21, based in Manchester. The project will run from late October 2012 to March 2013, culminating in a celebration event for International Women’s Day. The project will be delivered in partnership with People’s History Museum and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Programme.

Please see the Textile Workshop Leader Recruitment Information for details on how to apply. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 5th October. Interviews will take place in Manchester on Thursday 11th October.

‘Make Do & Mend’ – Heritage Lottery Funding Success!

HLFHI_2747enJOY arts are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Programme for ‘Make Do & Mend’ – a young women’s creative heritage project, in partnership with the People’s History Museum!

We’ll be working with young women aged 14-21 from across Greater Manchester to explore the ways in which women have coped in times of austerity, using drama, craft and textile work. The project will culminate in a celebration event for International Women’s Day in March 2013, featuring an historical fashion show.

For more information or to find out how you can get involved, please contact us at info@enjoy-arts.org.uk

Watch this space for more details…