As an organisation we are deeply rooted in creating, producing and programming work with the community.
As well as the live events we programme, produce and co-produce, we also work with artist to help and support them in their journey and look for ways to work with and engage communities across the borough.
We are fully committed to using our resource as a tool to further the progress of artists. Since first opening our doors we have played a part in the development of artists in many different ways. We have encountered raw talent from individuals seeking opportunity with little or no knowledge of how to find it and we have been approached by established performers who required support in networking or bid-writing. Whatever the ask, whatever the experience and whatever the artist is trying to achieve, we take pride in our ability to unlock potential and play a key role in development. The future of the arts is being forged as we speak. For arts and culture to play an increasingly important role in everyday life, time, experience, knowledge and dedication will always be needed from organisations like ours and we will continue to provide it.
We have a strong track-record in producing work for artists. A combination of in-house talent, facility and our wider network across The UK allows us to develop embryonic projects into touring, sustainable work. We understand the distance that can exist between a brilliant script and the stage but our ability to aid and structure the research, development and production of work allows work to be made entirely on site.
Our surroundings play a fundamental role in everything we do. We are very proud to be from Wigan and based in Wigan and we appreciate how our organisation has been embraced by those who we live and work amongst. As such, we get great satisfaction from the many community projects we run. We have a community programme filled with meet-ups, social opportunities, upskilling, entertainment and more. The Old Courts is a place where anyone is welcome and it is fair to say that what we do is of significant value to a host of local groups and individuals
We are developing several co-created projects which will bring artists to Wigan to make work with talent from our borough. One such project is ‘Moving Roots’ which involves theatre producers from partner organisations from around The UK in London, Cardiff, Peterborough and Medway. As a member of this consortium and working with a theatre maker from Manchester, we are creating a show right here in Wigan with local talent to provide a platform for both performers in the town and the culture of the town itself.
Since day one, a significant part of what we do centres around live events. Gigs, dance shows, theatre shows, exhibitions, film screenings, sector conferences, audience events and seminars provide artists and the public with the maximum number of entry points to the arts.
We believe in upskilling and providing workshops to encourage anyone to try their hand at a new or sleeping skill. Aside from the catharsis and fulfilment of a good workshop, these sessions allow us to provide artists with work and much-needed income to protect their artistic development.
The cultural and architectural history of our borough is an intrinsic part of our identity. Because of this, we place enormous value on using our historically significant spaces to create a sense of belonging, safety and creativity for all.