What is MI

Manchester Independents is an initiative supported by various cultural organisations in the city to celebrate the work of Greater Manchester artists across all boroughs. It was born out of the pandemic as a way to support local independent artists, to help encourage and empower them to start making new work again.

Following 23 new commissions that came out of the initiative in 2021, we’re back in 2023 with 12 new commissions as well as a platform for independent artists to showcase and promote their projects across the region. Works presented here have been selected by independent artists and supported by a unique collective of GM organisations in support of their artist community.

#ManchesterIndependents23 is excited to present a vast range of new work. Check out details of the 2023 commissions to get involved in everything ranging from workshops with Muslim women in Rochdale to film screenings in Levenshulme, from AI generated performances that expands across Greater Manchester to projects in your favourite local galleries and theatres. Explore personal yet universal experiences of shame, mental health, celebrations, love. Take a deep dive into feminism, chronic illness, cerebral palsy, or even a dystopian Manchester.

See the full list of artists and commissioned works.



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