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335 Stretford Road,
M15 5ZA

About Z-arts

Z-arts is the UK’s only arts centre dedicated to offering best practice in children and young people’s creative provision. Our mission: 
to inspire and enable generations of young people from Greater Manchester and the North West to use creativity to maximise their potential. 


What do we do?

  • Participation Programme for children and families
  • Home to the Interactive Experience ‘Fairy Tales’
  • Z-arts Children’s Library
  • Z-escape, a family escape room
  • Programme theatre for children and families
  • Artist Development
  • School Outreach
  • Lead of Big Imaginations Network
  • Lead of Manchester Family Art Network
  • Lead of MADE – Manchester Cultural Education Partnership

Artist Support

Z-arts is dedicated to developing and nurturing long-term relationships with artists, we work closely with creatives who want to make excellent high-quality theatre for children, specifically diverse work that reflects the communities we serve. We are particularly interested in work that seeks the voice of children in the research, development and creation of work.

One main commission per year


Artist development programme for artists to develop theatre and performance.

Creative facilitator training programme

Dedicated Artist Rehearsal space

Zoe Pickering (Head of Programming) offers 1-2-1 surgeries through the Greater Manchester Artist Hub. , so please book via the website.