Here at The Met, inspiring the next generation of artists and performers is one of our biggest priorities. As a charity we work hard to support our community, and we invest between £80,000 to £100,000 each year into our outreach work which is designed to get people of all ages and abilities involved with the arts.  

Creative Learning at The Met encompasses several different areas of work including theatre groups, music tuition, providing a home for external groups and supporting local artists.  

We are a hub for quality participatory drama and theatre for children, young people and adults with and without disabilities. Bury Youth Theatre, Aiming High and Met Express all meet on a weekly basis to support children, young people and learning-disabled adults to explore their creativity, find new talents and make friends for life in a creative and inspiring environment. 

We have a thriving programme of music tuition available at The Met from one to one sessions in guitar  and harmonica to the chance to perform and enhance your skills by playing in an ensemble with the brilliant Metro Jazz. We also offer a six-week Introduction Course to Sound Recording in our purpose-built Edwin Street Studio. 

The Met also hosts a variety of external groups who support different communities to engage with arts and culture. These groups include Engage2Stage, a theatre company for visually impaired adults; Uniquely Us, a creative group for autistic women; POG, an LGBT+ support group; Sara Lucarelli who delivers Family Yoga; and Alfa Education who provide participatory music workshops and music provision in schools across Greater Manchester.  

We support Suzanna Law and her Pop-Up Play Shop in Radcliffe, and story-teller Oliver Bishop (Yan Tan Tethera), both of whom are professional artists creating innovative participatory work in the local community.  

We are able to deliver this programme thanks to the support of our members, corporate sponsors and through donations from the public 

How have workshop groups been working during the pandemic?  The workshop groups that meet at The Met all thrive on interaction and face to face contact, but our group leaders have been working hard to explore different ways in which we can support and serve our communities online. Here is a snapshot of what they’ve been getting up to during the lockdown and beyond.  

BYT took part in ‘The Coronavirus Time Capsule’, a national online project bringing together youth theatres all over the UK. This project was led by Company Three who have put together all the contributions to the Time Capsule on a dedicated website. You can view all the videos that BYT created on their own YouTube playlist

BYT is now on a Summer break but we are holding two open online workshops on 23rd July and 20th August for anyone to join in with. Details can be found here

Aiming High began delivering online workshops in early July. Thanks to the support of Children In Need’s Booster Fund, they have been able to set up weekly workshops for the group to join in with the team on fun and creative activities using Zoom. For those young people who struggle to interact in the online space, the team have also been creating recorded versions of the workshops that can be viewed by families in their own time and space. 

Met Express also started meeting and creating online in July and will continue to do so until the company are happy to come back to the venue. We have been able to provide these sessions thanks to the support of the United We Stream fund and help from Bury’s Adult Education Service who helped some of our members get online.

Yan Tan Tethera is sharing live storytelling and creative activities through his Instagram and Facebook pages.  

Engage 2 Stage launched their new website in May and, thanks to funding from the Bury Council COVID-19 support grant, were able to start running online workshops for their members and some new participants who joined in from around the country. 

Greater Manchester Creative Care Kits

We have been part of a group of arts organisations across Greater Manchester who have contributed to artistic packages that have been sent out to young people and older adults who cannot access the online creative work that has been so prolific during this period. Information and downloadable versions of the kits can be found here.

Arts Award Discover at Home

‘Discover at Home’ enables children to be rewarded for the creative activities they enjoy and supports them to connect with their local museums, theatres and arts activities they like, online or at home, and explore new ones, until it’s possible to visit them again. 
Discover at Home is a fantastic way to keep children engaged in the arts and creativity while they are at home. With easy to follow guidance and lots of suggestions for arts, craft and creative activities, Discover at Home is a great option for parents & carers who may not be arts specialists themselves or are looking for something different to keep children engaged and entertained, without the need for assessment. 

The Met is supporting this initiative by acting as ‘centre’ for anyone wishing to undertake their ‘Discover at Home’. This means that we can support you with signposting to local activity to take part in, provide a listening ear for the sharing element of the award and, most importantly, we can process your portfolio and get you your certificate!
Download the resource for parents here 
Download the resource for children here 

To find out more please follow this link. If you would like to ask any questions about ‘Discover at Home’ or register to receive your certificate, please contact steph.meskellbrocken@themet.org.uk. 

How Can You Help?

We need your support to help ease the transition back to face to face sessions for our participants, help us reach out to more groups in the local community to provide creative support and help more artists profile their work. You can help us to support our community by donating to our Coronavirus Recovery Fund.

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