First Live Well Make Art Micro-grant Awards Awarded!

We are delighted to announce that the first 10 Live Well Make Art microgrant awards have been made.

These small grants (£300-£500) are intended to support preliminary discussions, early research and planning time which might then lead to a funded project or to unfunded action and to support people with health expertise working together with people with arts expertise to explore new ideas.

Successful proposals have included:  exploring the development of a co-produced model to help girls and young women with mental health problems to shape the services they want and become given the long wait for part of creating their own solutions, managing their mental health in a positive way: exploring the establishment of a grass-roots forum  for volunteer-led cultural organisations, in particular considering  how volunteers look after their own health as well as the health of their communities: a mapping and consultation project  which would explore ways of developing a  Greater Manchester offer for cultural offer for women with  perinatal depression (PND):  developing a  way for young professionals and older neighbours to  capture stories of the city and build skills and confidence, using radio as a medium: creating  research group and running creative consultation workshops to explore ways of using a museum collection to help increase well-being: exploring ways of using creative writing and positivity to help women who have had difficult relationships with their mothers and are worried that the cycle will continue with their own children.

Awards were made to organisations and individuals living and working in Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Salford and Stockport. This means no awards have yet been made in Rochdale, Bury, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan – so please have a think about submitting an application if you live and/or work there.

The next deadline for submission of applications is December 14th – so only two weeks to go!  Please think about the following, when making your application:

  • We are looking for proposals for exploring ideas, researching or testing. We cannot fund existing projects
  • We need to see arts or heritage content in your application
  • We need to understand the health or well-being challenges you are hoping to address
  • It’s helpful if we can see who will or might partner/ support you in developing your idea and what you think it might lead to in the long term.

Arts Facilitator Job Opportunity (Freelance)

Live Well Make Art and Women’s Footprints Co-Design Project


This post is open to women only.
(Equality Act 2010 Schedule 9 (Part 1) Occupational Requirement.)

Click the link for a downloadable PDF version of this brief:

Brief for Arts Facilitator for Live Well Make Art and Women’s Footprints draft


Live Well Make Art (LWMA) is an informal network of arts professionals and activists, health professionals and activists, academics and people who care passionately about the health of Greater Manchester. We want a healthier Greater Manchester, where all its people can share the benefits of engaging in and enjoying the arts and creative activities with each other and we want to make our streets, neighbourhoods and communities better places to live. LWMA has received funding from Greater Manchester Combined Authority, through its Great Places initiative, for a programme of work over the next 18 months.  One strand of this programme aims to co- design an arts, heritage and health pilot project with communities in small geographical areas of Greater Manchester, which experience poor health.

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Women’s Footprints is a new inter-generational group for women living mainly in the Brunswick and Ardwick area of Manchester (just south of the city centre) and is based at Brunswick Parish Church. The women who take part are aged between 23 and 80 and are from culturally diverse backgrounds. Some of the women have children under the age of 5, who are encouraged to sit and play in the room where their mothers are meeting. Women’s Footprints is one year old this October and wants to encourage well-being, confidence-building and creativity. The group meets weekly, on Mondays, between 10 and 12 and has enjoyed workshops in flower arranging, beauty pampering, art therapy and visits to Southport, Youlgreave and a local garden centre.


We are looking for someone from an arts development, community engagement or community producer background, who is experienced in working with groups and has a broad knowledge of the arts, and can:

  • Talk with the women who attend Women’s Footprints about what they think is most important for their health and well-being – their personal health, the health of their families and the health of their neighbourhoods.
  • Explore what kinds of arts they are already interested in or might be interested in learning more about. This should include a very wide range of art forms and ways of experiencing the arts – from singing to textile design and from workshops to visiting arts venues and performances to campaigning using the arts.
  • With the support of Women’s Footprints organisers and Live Well Make Art, put together a high-quality, enjoyable and inspiring programme which will enable the group to explore what interests them, in terms of arts and health. This might be one project with one or more artists or a number of smaller events, such as Taster workshops and visits and should bear the group’s health priorities firmly in mind. Brunswick is close to several professional arts venues, such as the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester Museum and HOME and this may be useful in terms of planning.
  • Develop realistic costings for the programme and agree budget with Live Well Make Art.
  • Co-ordinate the programme, once this has been agreed with the group and deliver as appropriate. This could mean (for example) selecting and liaising with professional artists, with arts venues and with transport providers and attending sessions as relevant.
  • Support the group in developing funding applications which could be submitted if the group wanted to continue to a second phase of the programme.
  • Co-operating with LWMA’s evaluator if required to do so.
  • It would be good if the programme was designed in such a way that a connection was made between Women’s Footprints and the wider geographical neighbourhood, but this is not essential, if this is not what the group itself would wish.Time-Scale
  • The final time-scale will be agreed with Women’s Footprints and LWMA, but is likely to begin in December 2018 and end in October/November 2019
    The budget available for this work is as follows:

    • There is a fee for the facilitator of £3,000 inclusive of travel costs and VAT. This is expected to cover meeting and liaising with Women’s Footprints and with LWMA, researching arts activities which might be of interest to the group, co-designing a programme with the group, co-ordinating the programme once agreed and delivering and/or attending sessions as appropriate, helping the group and the group’s organisers develop funding applications for a second phase of work ( if the group wish to do this) and working with LWMA’s evaluator if requested to do so. Payment will be in three instalments; at the beginning, middle and end of the programme
    • There is a budget of £3-4,000 available for delivery of the programme, subject to agreement with LWMA

How to apply

Please send:

  • Your CV
  • An estimated outline of how you would allocate your time against the proposed fee
  • An answer to the following question on one side of A4. This is an exercise in demonstrating your experience and imagination, as the final programme will be co-designed with the group.

Imagine you are having your first session with Women’s Footprints. What kinds of health priorities do you think the women might have for themselves, their families and their neighbourhoods? What kinds of arts experiences do you think might be interesting to suggest to the group and how would you go about doing this?’

These should be sent to by Friday 30th November.

Women’s Footprints and Live Well Make Art will then short-list applicants and ask those short-listed to come for a short interview on the morning of 13th December



Motherhood, Earlier Years and Art

Friday 19th October 2018, 10am – 3pm

Performance Space, Gallery Oldham, Oldham, OL1 1AL

If you work with young children, or with families, if you care about making sure that every child has the best start in life, if you know that what happens in the early years has a lifelong effect on health and well-being, join Live Well Make Art in Oldham on October 19thfor this great event.

It’s an opportunity to learn from artists, museum and gallery staff, academic researchers and to hear about experiences from Oldham, Manchester and South Africa and to share your knowledge and experience with others.  You’ll come away inspired and invigorated.

And – the event is free to attend, and lunch is provided.

Book now – there are just a few places still available on

Arts & Healthier Living Event

On the 20thSeptember arts and health professionals converged on Walk the Plank’s beautiful building in Salford to discuss arts and healthier living. Esme Ward – Director of the Manchester Museum – and Michael Eeckelaers – a GP and Clinical Lead for Greater Manchester Population Health – started the day by sharing their perspectives on arts and health. For Esme, the focus on what arts can do to improve health and wellbeing requires institutions to also consider how they ensure an ethos of care and self-care is in place for those delivering such initiatives. Michael reflected that arts and ‘social prescribing’ – or prescribing non-traditional approaches to healthcare that might involve art, singing, gardening, walking etc. – are beneficial where he has seen more conventional approaches to health fail.


Delegates share their experiences

The event provided opportunities to hear from those currently involved in arts and health initiatives, to participate in small group discussion, as well as a singing workshop led by Jennifer John to illustrate the power of song! Case studies were drawn from a range of approaches. For example, Rachel Jones from START (an organisation using creativity to improve mental health) led us through some of the possibilities of offering music, craft, stop animation and art to service users. She also reflected on how some people can be initially resistant to creative work, but that continued encouragement can break through this barrier and lead to success. Nicky Duirs – who has worked in hospitals for over 30 years in arts and health projects – shared her thoughts on the challenging context in which this work takes place in acute hospitals. She said ‘people come and go, it’s noisy – you have to be both tenacious and flexible to integrate art in that environment’. From a global perspective Clive Parkinson – Director of Arts for Health at MMU – shared a project led by academics at the University of Sydney using verbatim theatre and film to address the mental health crisis among young health professionals.

Manchester International Festival share their work on staff health and well-being

Many of these themes resonated in the small group discussions. In particular, it seemed many were led to reflect on how being an artist working in health care contexts can be challenging in terms of your own wellbeing and your identity as an artist.

After lunch a ‘dream time’ panel set out their answers to the question ‘what would you do – if there were no limits – to strengthen the contribution that art can make to healthier working?’ Responses echoed earlier papers and discussions in the day that stressed the value of arts to engage and support where more traditional approaches to health might not. Clare Mayo (from Salford Clinical Commissioning Group) raised important questions around arts in health, asking ‘how can we measure the impact of art?’ and ‘How do we test out projects, see what works, and scale it up?’

In the final small group discussion of the day, we were left with some interesting and provocative reflections and questions to engage in, including:

  • The need for a map that clearly shows facilities, services and referral routes;
  • What might the move towards ‘social prescribing’ mean in terms of the capacity of arts groups/organisations/institutions to offer services?
  • Are there current or future funding opportunities that could allow professionals from arts and health disciplines to start initial, ‘no strings attached’ collaborations?

On a personal note, it was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about what is happening in arts and health across Greater Manchester and to make some great new contacts with other arts practitioners interested in this work.

LWMA micro-grants: Alan Higgins explains how to apply – visit for more info

LWMA Micro-grants Programme

As part of our programme of work, Live Well Make Art is able to offer a number of micro-grants (about 25) to support the development of ideas for projects and programmes. The funding is intended to support preliminary discussions, early research and planning time which might then lead to a funded project or to unfunded action. Grants can be in the region of £300-£500. Please note it is not intended as project delivery funding. The programme will operate between September 2018 and March 2019 and will be administered for Live Well Make Art by Cartwheel Arts. Successful applicants may be asked to present as case studies at the final event in this programme, in March 2019.


1. Micro-grants are intended to support people with health expertise working together with people with arts expertise to explore new ideas. This could include individuals, community-based arts or health groups, groups of people who are experts by experience (e.g. with a chronic health 2 condition), small health/cultural organisations and larger health/cultural organisations. We are particularly interested in applications which come from the enthusiasm and vision of individuals, even if they are applying as part of an organisation.

2. Some examples of how the funding could be used are: to hire a meeting space, to contribute to transport or childcare costs, to allow someone to spend a bit of time researching practice nationally or internationally online, to pay a facilitator or note-taking fee, contribute towards a trial event or workshop e.g. exploring ideas with partners.

3. We are interested in applications that have an activist focus1 although we are prepared for applicants to interpret that in many different ways. We are looking for creative and imaginative/innovative approaches to issues and challenges.

4. We hope that micro-grants will be given to individuals/groups from different boroughs in GM. Applications which link more than one borough of GM will be of particular interest, although we understand this may not be possible for most people.

5. During these 18 months, we are exploring the following themes in our events:

• Building stronger social connections through the arts (and hence addressing social isolation and loneliness)

• Arts and Healthier Working

• Arts, Motherhood and Early Years

• Addressing inequalities through cultural participation and civic action


How to Apply

• Please complete the application form available here: LWMA Micro and email to

• The following questions must be answered:

1. Who are you? (please supply your name, contact details and a bit about your background and experience)

2. What are you proposing to do?

3. Why do you think your idea is important?

4. Who are you proposing to work with? Are these new partners or existing partners? Why is the partnership important?

5. What difference might a project or programme that led on from your micro-grant proposal make?

6. How much money are you asking for and how will you spend it?

7. Are you willing to present a case study at LWMA’s March event, if asked to do so, and/or be involved in our evaluation ( giving an interview to our evaluator?

8. What are your bank details (sort code and account number)

Deadlines and Requirements

• There are two deadlines for applications, October 26th and December 14th

• Applications should be sent to

• You will be required to sign up to the Live Well Make Art mailing list, if you have not already done so

• Applicants will be asked to contact Live Well Make Art by email, two months after receiving their grant, to give an up-date on progress.

• After the application deadlines, we will let you know as quickly as we can whether your application has been successful or not. Please note that we do not have the administrative resources to offer feedback on unsuccessful applications

Motherhood and Earlier Years

Friday 19th October 2018, 10am – 3pm

Performance Space, Gallery Oldham, Oldham, OL1 1AL

“The developmental benefits of arts include: motor skills, language development, decision-making, visual learning, inventiveness, cultural awareness, improved academic performance’ The Importance of Art in Child Development, Grace Hwang Lynch

“Giving every child the best start in life is crucial to reducing health inequalities across the life course. The foundations for virtually every aspect of human development – physical, intellectual and emotional – are laid in early childhood. What happens during these early years, starting in the womb, has lifelong effects on many aspects of health and well-being – from obesity, heart disease and mental health, to educational achievement and economic status” Fair Society, Healthy Lives’ The Marmot Review

On Friday 19th October, at Gallery Oldham, we will be holding the third Live Well Make Art event to happen as part of a programme funded through Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Great Places initiative. It will explore ways in which the arts can help mothers, early years children and families. The event will be introduced by Dr. Carolyn Wilkins (Chief Executive, Oldham Council) and Clive Parkinson (Director of Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University; the UK’s longest established arts and health unit).

This is an opportunity to:

– Learn from local and national case studies
– Share your knowledge and expertise with others
– Consider innovative ways of making a difference and new possibilities for collaboration
– Find out more about LWMA’s Great Places programme, including our micro-grants initiative

The event is free to attend, and lunch is provided.