Our story

Creative Manchester is your partner in the flourishing arts and culture industry in the North West and beyond.

Established in 2018, Creative Manchester is developing fast, connecting The University of Manchester, its School of Arts Languages and Cultures and its cultural institutions to the creative and cultural economy.

Art, music, drama, history and literature enrich our lives and benefit our community, and in Manchester’s fast-growing creative economy, there is a world of opportunity for all.

Creative Manchester is a partner for education, funding, inclusion and promotion, offering stakeholders at every level the chance to partner and to get involved in Manchester’s arts and culture.

Based at The University of Manchester’s School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, Creative Manchester is uniquely positioned to support the creative industries if they are seeking academic support, student interns, partnership opportunities with world-class venues, a platform within our University community, and funding opportunities.

Our footprint includes the renowned venues such as The Whitworth Gallery, Jodrell Bank Observatory, the John Rylands Library and The Tabley House Collection in Knutsford, while our recent partnerships extend to HOME Manchester, the Manchester International Festival and the Manchester Literature Festival.

By investing in creative and cultural academia, we are building opportunities for students and the community. The creative industry in the UK is worth over £100 billion, and Manchester is the fastest-growing creative economy outside of London. Creative Manchester is your partner in this exciting city.

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Read about the Creative Manchester launch event here.