Percent for arts projects

  1. Teenagers transform crime hotspot with

    Teenagers transform crime hotspot with "Banksy of Bolton"

    A once tired-looking subway in Bolton has been given a bright and colourful makeover by students from Little Lever School, as part of a national campaign to use creativity to help tackle crime.

  2. Social Housing Arts Network

    Social Housing Arts Network

    Social Housing Arts Network (SHAN) is an eighteen month arts and communities project funded by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring fund and led by Manchester based arts collective Guild.  SHAN aims to establish a touring network for socially engaged artists working on process led projects.

  3. If these walls could talk

    If these walls could talk

    ‘If these walls could talk …’ is a community development project with social justice and collective action at its core.  In 2011, the Neighbourhood Management East Team established three weekly women’s groups across Breightmet to address a lack of supportive spaces and networks for women. 

  4. Big Digital Project

    The Big Digital Project was funded by Arts Council England & AGMA as part of a three year initiative to increase arts participation in areas of low engagement.

  5. Knit and natter

    A creative project was set up in October 2010 to engage women in Breightmet, particularly older women and younger women with children.

  6. Meccano Bridge

    Construction of a giant Meccano footbridge over the canal at Nob End, Little Lever began in December 2012, followed by two Meccano picnic benches.  

  7. Smart materials

    The project explored the creative application of smart materials with local arts & crafts practitioners and communities.  Smart materials technology was incorporated into artwork by artists commissioned to work with local groups.

  8. Ultimate Holding Company R&D Project

    Ultimate Holding Company (UHC) – a Manchester based creative collective, has been working in partnership with Bolton at Home to conduct a research and development pilot exploring how artists can most effectively work with staff and residents of social housing and the impact outreach art projects can have on the community. 

  9. Mr One Million

    In September 2011 we recruited film makers Paul Hine and Mark Haig and writer Louise Wallwein to develop and deliver a proposal to work with young unemployed me in the Breightmet area of Bolton.

Total results: 9

What is Percent for Art?

Our Percent for Art team comprises four arts officers located in our neighbourhoods.  Our arts officers work with others to develop arts projects that help to improve our communities and benefit customers. We contract appropriate artists or arts organisations, and manage the project from start to finish.  The service actively encourages individuals and community groups to get involved in schemes that offer creative solutions to neighbourhood issues.

Ideas for arts projects can come from our neighbourhood teams and they will focus on specific neighbourhood priorities or be developed through conversations with community groups, partner organisations or other community stakeholders.  Sometimes local arts projects are developed through wider Greater Manchester, regional or national networks or funding.

Our service also offers advice and guidance to our partners with regard to developing arts projects involving other social housing customers across Bolton.  We have also been commissioned by partners to project manage a number of public art / environmental art projects in Bolton.

Projects can be in any medium including visual arts, performance, music, crafts, digital art and film. They can take the form of arts based consultation including; skills and confidence building projects, arts in health & wellbeing work, celebratory arts project, as well as streetscaping and environmental arts projects designed to enhance the physical environment.

Get in touch with our Percent for Arts team

Email Rodney Adams or call 01204 329562

Email Gaynor Cox or call 01204 329706

Email Shonagh Ingram or call 01204 329571

In your words

“Group work has helped me and my son communicate – we can now talk instead of shouting at one another all the time. He is now a happy and settled young man, who feels more secure in himself and expresses confidence around others.”

Participant. Unearthing.

In your words

 “Getting me out of the house and meeting new people; everybody made me feel so welcome and I hope that it carries on to give me a sense of purpose.”

Participant, Mr One Million

In your words

“The professionals are really talented, and working with them taught us how to become better actors and helped our confidence.”

Declan McClusky, aged 10. Shakespeare on the Street

In your words

“We really enjoyed performing on stage and making new friends. I know
I want to be an actress when I’m older.”

Megan Hayes, aged 11. Shakespeare on the Street

In your words

"I started to look forward to my Wednesdays. I got to know so many new people and felt rewarded, positive and productive after each session."

Participant, Mr One Million