Get Involved

with singing, songwriting and contemporary crafts

We’ve put together a range of workshops and activities which are all suitable for complete beginners,

so you can be confident in trying something new.  

 

Singing and Songwriting

Compose a song or just sing your heart out at one of our musical workshops.  

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Sacred Harp Workshop
 
Saturday 19 October 
10.30am–12.30pm
HOME
 

An uplifting American choral tradition, the name 'Sacred Harp' refers to the human voice: each tune is sung in four-part harmony, with no musical accompaniment. 

 

This style of singing has rapidly grown in popularity in the UK in recent years. Come along and sing your heart out. 

 

£7 (plus booking fee)
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Manchester Sings Songwriting workshop
 
Saturday 19 October
1.30pm–3.30pm
HOME
 

This family workshop uses the histories and stories of Manchester to develop a song together.

 

It’ll be welcoming and lively, with a series of fun and engaging games to get the creative juices flowing.

 

A chance to create new something with your memories, stories and family histories at the heart. 

 

£6 (plus booking fee)
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Pub Singaround
 
Sunday 20 October 
12.30pm onwards
The Briton's Protection
 

Manchester’s monthly Sunday Singaround joins us for a Festival special. 

 

A traditional singaround in an historic pub. It is friendly and informal: just turn up and you’ll be made welcome. Get yourself a drink at the bar, pop upstairs and pull up a chair. Those who can sing can sing, those who want to pick up the choruses can join in, and those who prefer to listen can simply enjoy the convivial atmosphere.

Free
 

Craft Workshops

Slow down, roll up your sleeves and get making

We have curated a selection of workshops over the weekend, led by talented artists

who give traditional crafts a contemporary twist and keep heritage crafts alive.

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Ceramic Mug and Tile
 
Saturday 19 October 
10am – 1pm
Manchester Art Gallery

 

Make your own porcelain ceramic mug and coaster in this workshop with ceramicist Catherine Ball.  A special mug is an everyday pleasure and using rolled clay and imprinting techniques, you will produce an artwork you’ll love putting to good use.

 

£37

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Drypoint Etching
 
Saturday 19 October 
10am – 1pm
Sunday 20 October
10.30am – 1.30pm
Manchester Art Gallery

 

Get to grips with this distinctive printmaking process with artist Lucy Gell. Learn how to etch and ink a design, creating strong images with emphasis on the texture and quality of line. You’ll take home a series of original prints to frame.

 

£37

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Natural Printmaking and Foraging Walk
 
Saturday 19 October 
1.30pm – 4.30pm
Manchester Art Gallery

 

Experiment with nature’s colours to embellish a tote bag. Beginning with natural dyes, textile artist Natalie Linney will take you on a city walk to forage wildflowers and autumn leaves. You will learn the Hapa Zome printmaking technique, so you can update your bag every season.


£37

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Porcelain Plant Pot
 
Saturday 19 October 
1.30pm – 4.40pm
Manchester Art Gallery

 

Handcraft a luxurious new home for your favourite herb or make a treasured pot for precious things.  Ceramicist Catherine Ball will guide you through the steps to build a beautiful yet practical pot from hand-rolled and decorated porcelain.


£37

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Willow Weaving
 
Sunday 20 October 
10.30am – 1.30pm
Manchester Art Gallery

 

Discover the meditative pleasure of working with this versatile natural material. With the expert guidance of designer Juliette Hamilton you’ll weave a striking dragonfly to grace your garden, using several sculptural techniques to ensure you master the basics of this rewarding craft.

£37
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Candle Shade
 
Sunday 20 October 
1.30pm – 4.30pm
Manchester Art Gallery

 

Craft the perfect addition to the home for autumn nights, with artist Emma Pinnock. With plenty of inspiration to get you started, you’ll layer paint and ink onto fabric, creating an individual design to transform into a unique candle lampshade.

£37

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