Greater Manchester LGBT Arts + Culture Network.
LGBT Foundation is proud to announce a brand new partnership with Greater Manchester cultural organisations – the Greater Manchester LGBT Arts + Culture Network.
With an estimated 215,000 people identifying as LGBT across Greater Manchester, the Network aims to build upon and centralise previous informal partnerships to provide much greater support, training and awareness for cultural organisations in delivering events and projects in all boroughs with LGBT artists, participants and audiences. The Network was launched with a partners event at LGBT Foundation today with invited guest speakers – Rob Cookson, Deputy Chief Executive, LGBT Foundation; Mark Fletcher, CEO, Manchester Pride; and Carl Austin-Behan, LGBT Advisor to the Mayor of Greater Manchester.
Organisations who have signed up to take part in the pilot year include Contact, HOME, Islington Mill, Manchester Metropolitan University, Octagon Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, People’s History Museum, The Lowry, The Met, The Royal Exchange Theatre, The University of Manchester, and Waterside.
The Greater Manchester LGBT Arts + Culture Network is supported using funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The project will be managed by Barry Priest, former Producer for Manchester’s Queer Contact Festival.
Barry Priest, Project Manager, GM LGBT Arts + Culture Network says:
“It’s incredible to see so many organisations that want to engage with the Network. With an estimated 215,000 LGBT people living in Greater Manchester, it’s important to engage with those communities. We expect to see a lot of great activity over the next year.”
Should we have kids, or not? (Queer Contact 2019) Photo: Alex Brenner