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Building Creative Spaces

Updated: Apr 23

Creative City is working closely with Manchester City Council to help put the power and joy of great art at the very heart of Manchester's communities! We are very excited to be continuing to add to local arts scenes in Moston & Harpurhey, Longsight and Wythenshawe by acting as interim producers for the Creative Spaces initiative.

In 2018, three Manchester branch libraries became Creative Spaces for their communities. Places where local residents can come together to enjoy great art, create vibrant cultural activities, and access more of what our amazing city has to offer! It's not just about books anymore!

Creative City has taken an interim producer role which will involve coordinating the development of Manchester's three Creative Spaces libraries. We will be helping to bring together community groups, arts organisations, audiences and staff teams, and delivering an exciting line up of engaging cultural events.

Beth Powell, our Managing Director, is continuing to build on the brilliant achievements of the Creative Spaces teams over the past year. Highlights included a wide-ranging consultation, a programme of free inclusion and creativity training, Company Chameleon's Illuminate dance tour, and Platform Mcr's three This Vibrant Thing festival-style events.

Over the past year Beth co-delivered the Creative Spaces project and the This Vibrant Thing festivals as a Director of Platform, and she's really enjoying continuing the journey.

Beth said: "I really believe in the power of art. Arts activities empower community members to help shape their city. Sharing culture and creativity helps us to get to know ourselves and each other better, building stronger communities and more resilient individuals. 

Libraries are important local spaces serving their communities in so many ways. It's brilliant that they are stepping up and helping to democratise art too. Our Creative Spaces libraries are helping to bridge the gap between arts organisations and the communities and creating platforms and pathways for local residents to express themselves.

It's been a joy coordinating this initiative so far, and I'm very excited to see what else we can make happen!"

Many thanks to Manchester City Council for giving Creative City this opportunity to work with these three wonderful communities. We are excited to see what else the people of North Manchester, Longsight and Wythenshawe can achieve through the power of art! 

Watch this space and keep up to date using the hashtag #McrCreativeSpaces or visit