Arc is a leading NW arts and health organisation which explores the relationships between creativity, culture and wellbeing. Arc has a 20 year track record producing high quality creative projects which include marginalised groups, promote wellbeing and recovery, and reach thousands of audiences across Stockport and beyond. We engage hundreds of vulnerable and isolated people each year in transformational arts projects and welcome many more visitors to our gallery and studios. Arc also commissions emerging and established artists to produce artistically ambitious, socially engaged arts projects, exhibitions and installations. Recent projects include ACE-funded Unpicked:Restitched/Where is the heart of Stockport? With writer Sarah Butler and textile artist Julie Mosley, and A Love Letter to Macc for Macclesfield’s Barnaby Festival.
Sarah Greaves is an award winning mixed media artist who uses found objects, craft, narratives and sound to create sculptural pieces and installations. Her work explores objects and narratives, from embroidering domestic objects with political texts and inner monologues, to looking at objects passed down through the Manchester Armenian diaspora and the stories they hold.
Sarah’s work has been exhibited extensively across UK, published in various books and journals and received international press including two interviews on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour.
Recent projects/exhibitions include Doing it over the Kitchen Table (HOME, 2017); In Emergency Break Glass (Manchester Art Gallery,2015); ACE funded Armenian Threads (2013).
“A Genre-defying artist with a healthy disregard for convention”
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Manchester Art Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery is part of Manchester City Council and showcases the best art and ideas from across the world. It’s 45,000-strong collection spans six centuries of fine art, design, craft, photography and fashion.
Through a varied programme Manchester Art Gallery reaches over half a million visitors each year and believes art has the power to change lives.
In 2017 the gallery began working in partnership with Manchester Health Visiting Team and Manchester Sure Start to deliver a weekly baby clinic at the gallery. This long termcollaborative project rests firmly on the principles and policies of Health 2020: the European policy for health and wellbeing, with its emphasis on inter-sectoral collaboration and integration, as well as on the evidence base for the effectiveness of asset-based, co-production approaches to service development.
In 2019 a funded PhD student from MMU will explore the benefits of running this vital health visitor led clinic in a cultural venue. This long term action research project will enable us to understand how culture and the arts can support the delivery of health services for young children and their families.