Factory International

Aviva Studios / Factory International

This year we are excited to announce that we were chosen with four other community projects in Manchester to receive funding for our community work from Factory International and to build an ongoing partnership with Factory International and the annual Manchester International Festival which is an ongoing bi-annual music dance and art festival working out of Factory International.

Factory International, Water St, Manchester M60 9EA.

Many of you through our various groups have met with Abi and Ben this year and also with Gwen who has helped us with photography just some of the community team that have worked alongside us and supported us in all we provide in The Castle Community Centre and in Ivy Park

The funding has been used for many things this year:

  • Providing Arts and Crafts
  • Developing our website
  • Providing food and picnics at workshop and on studio visits
  • Part financing The Jubilee Party and the Coronation Parties in Ivy Park and will
  • Help with the Christmas Party in the Park
  • Working on our garden
  • Helped us our intentions to work with other partnerships in transforming Ivy
  • Park into a great family space
  • Arranged visits to many events at Aviva Studios
  • Visited us and provide many different and exciting workshops
  • New outdoor play equipment

We have many children, young people and adults that attend different groups here, that are very creative in all sorts of ways. There will be some very exciting opportunities to develop those talents as we continue to partner with Factory International and get involved in workshops for all ages, training, and lifelong learning.

We took a coach trip at the end of the summer holiday to spend a day at the studios and to visit the Yakoi Kusuma Exhibition. More recently some of our groups attended the African circus and we joined in the opening welcome week with our children and young people taking part in skate board and street dance sessions. Ben visited Kids club and we had a wonderful messy session make fish and flowers out of plastic bottles!! This Christmas we will be booking tickets to go and see Lost and Found

We look forward to continuing our relationship with the studios in the years to come.