Creativity and Cultural Forum

Oldham Creativity and Cultural Forum is a meeting place for creative people to gain advice and network with other professionals working in the creative industries. Local artists and makers, voluntary and community sector workers and individuals with an interest and passion to work creatively in their local community are all welcome.

The forum is the ideal place to find out more information about opportunities, funding and events.





The next Creativity and Cultural Forum is TBC.

Check back for details of how to book your place via Eventbrite.







Further Information


We are offering 4 Greater Manchester based artists/companies the opportunity to create original, outdoor arts work that celebrates the Platinum Jubilee at Festival Oldham, Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 June 2022, 12noon – 4pm (TBC). Festival Oldham, an annual, free outdoor arts and street theatre festival in Oldham Town Centre, has been showcasing outstanding local, national and international performances and installations since 1997.





  • 4 x £3000 outdoor arts commissions to artists over 18, with an interest and understanding of working outdoors.
  • A piece that responds to:

Monarch’s 70 year reign

The Commonwealth

Diverse British identities

Past times

Community togetherness

  • The piece should be a performance/happening of 3 x 30 minutes maximum or an installation displayed for the full duration of the event.
  • High quality work that entertains/engages diverse audiences and is suitable for all ages.
  • Self-sufficient work (not requiring large amounts of technical support), to be showcased within a high street setting.
  • £3,000 cash investment will cover artists’ time, resources and fees for any partners the artist brings into the project.
  • Applications from all arts disciplines and genres are welcome.
  • Tailored support from the Creativity & Culture Team provided.
  • Marketing/production support provided.
  • Rehearsal space if required.

How to apply

You can apply in writing, by video or voice note (please include your name and postcode at the start of the video/voice note).

Tell us about:

  • You/your experience.
  • The work you want to make and why.
  • How the work is relevant to the brief.
  • Any additional support if needed.
  • Include images/designs/mood board.

Email this information, entitled, Jubilee Commission and your name, to Mary.O’ by Monday 11 April 2022, 5pm.

From the 4 selected proposals, one commission will be prioritized for artists aged 18-25 and 3 awarded to artists aged over 25.

Applicants will be informed on the outcome of their submission by Monday 18 April 2022.

Successful applicants will receive 2 payments – 1 x on signature of contract, 1 x following the event.

We strive to be inclusive and diverse and encourage applications from across all communities.

If you have any questions, please contact: Mary.O’

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Heritage, Libraries and Arts restructure

Heritage, Libraries and Arts Teams have been through some big changes this year. The Gallery and Library services have merged and now operate as Reading and Health, Children and Young People, Information and Digital, Collections & Exhibitions and Creativity and Culture – formerly Arts Development. We are looking at how we can work more collaboratively to widen the offer for our creative colleagues.

Artist and creative project advice surgeries

The Creativity and Culture team aims to continue to support you the best we can as we all move forward and adapt to the recent changes. We advise you to get in touch if you feel we can be of any assistance.

For a one-to-one funding advice or to discuss project ideas please contact:

Arts Council England 

For the latest advice, guidance and opportunities please see

Gallery Oldham

Supporting local artists and makers is a priority for Gallery Oldham. Our Community Gallery shows a wide range of exhibitions by groups and individuals from the Borough of Oldham.

Greater Manchester Artist Hub – We’re with you as you make sense of things

If you’re an artist, theatre-maker, freelancer, creative, company, or producer based in Greater Manchester — we’d like to talk to you.  If you want to talk through your creative ideas, or get advice on issues that are causing you concern, or simply develop your network & stay connected during isolation — please sign-up below for a 30 minute chat with us. Bring your own brew.

Oldham Library Business Resources

The libraries have a wide range of specialist resources to help to support local businesses. Visit the Ask about Business website for information on everything from business planning, marketing, workshops and help and tax queries.