Sunday, 24 January 2016

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I’m very excited to be sharing the development of our MANIFESTO with colleagues in Dublin this week at Check Up - Check In. Here in Manchester, I’ll soon be announcing two, free, large-scale events between March and May, so keep your diaries at the ready!

Thanks for all the interest in Libraries and Health from last week's posting. I tried to find a suitable video to link, and this is the best I could do!

Just two things this week - a job and an opportunity for any of you who are pregnant to take part in a performance this spring!

Manchester-based theatre company Quarantine are inviting pregnant women from the Greater Manchester region to take part in a new theatre performance project, Spring. 

Spring. is the final part of Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. - an epic quartet of performances about the human life-cycle and our relationship with time. It will be made in co-production with HOME and Contact and performed 4 times in a specially built theatre space inside Manchester’s Old Granada Studios between Friday 25th March and Sunday 3rd April.

Spring. will be made with and about the women who are in it, as they try to imagine the coming weeks, months and years... It is a piece about about expecting, in both senses of the word, with up to 15 women at various stages of pregnancy asking hundreds of questions about the future, live on-stage.

Quarantine are not looking for actors. No previous performance experience is necessary and there are no lines to learn. The call-out is for women from a truly diverse range of backgrounds who can each bring their own unique voice to the project.

Those wishing to take part will need to be no more than 8 months pregnant at the beginning of April. They should ideally be available to attend the first workshop on Saturday 30 January plus rehearsals on selected weekday evenings and weekends from the week beginning Monday 8 February.

They will also need to be available to take part in all four performances on:
Friday 25 March
Saturday 26 March
Saturday 2 April
Sunday 3 April

This is a voluntary opportunity, but travel expenses will be covered and Quarantine will provide food at all rehearsals.

If you’re interested in being involved, or know someone who might or want to find out more, please contact Kate Daley at or phone 0161 839 4392.

The first workshop will be on Saturday 30 January 2016, so please get in touch by Friday 29 January.

The Horsfall Engagement Officer, 42nd Street
The Horsfall is 42nd Street’s new arts space from which we will build a sustainable programme that  grows our heritage and creative programme run by and for young people, but also available for communities, partners and business from across the region.
The Horsfall promotes wellbeing and social change through socially engaged practice and is inspired by the Ancoats Art Museum a unique social and artistic experiment established by Thomas Horsfall in Ancoats, Manchester at the end of the 19th Century.
The Horsfall Engagement Officer will be responsible for the engagement of young people, local community members and businesses in the delivery of The Horsfall programme, using creative opportunities for active engagement and promotion of mental and health and wellbeing. They will also work with creative practitioners, historians, curators and local residents to deliver a programme of cultural and creative opportunities which raise awareness of the space and engage new audiences in our work.  

NJC Pts. 26-31: £22,937 – £27,123 (pro rata).
15 hours per week (including some evening and weekend work and with the potential for additional hours during key stages of the project)

Permanent, subject to funding
Contributory pension scheme available
Closing date: 5pm on Friday 5th February 2016
Interview date: Monday 15th February 2016

Application Packs:
Download the application pack:
Or send a 90p sae to 42ndStreet, The Space, 87-91, Great Ancoats Street, Manchester, M4 5AG. Or, email us at: putting ‘recruitment’ in the subject box, identifying the role you wish to apply for. 
For an application pack in a particular format, please contact us: 0161 228 7321.
Emailed applications are welcome. If you wish to talk about the role, please contact: Julie McCarthy on 0161 228 7321


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