Eccles arts programme 2016-17

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More People, More Creative, More Often.

Thanks to over £20,000 from Greater Manchester Strategic Arts Fund, Eccles arts development programme has succeeded in it’s aim to get more people taking part in more creative activities, more often, from August 2016 to March 2017.

This has been an exciting opportunity to share arts development knowledge and expertise and explore new approaches to delivering high quality arts activities with the library service to make the most of the excellent library and community facilities in Salford and offer families the opportunity to take part in a variety of high-quality arts activities on one day and develop new arts skills.

We have worked closely with local and national partners and campaigns including Love Eccles Festival, Eccles Town Team, The Lowry, 100 Moments, Paines Plough’s Roundabout, the 400th anniversary since the birth of Shakespeare and Fun Palaces creating a legacy for this years work.

Programme Highlights:

Gruffalo inspired family arts event attracts almost 200 people to Eccles Library to develop new arts skills with 537 participations in multiple arts activities on one day including puppet making with local visual artist Louise Clarke

Love Eccles Festival Music Stage and Superhero Family Arts Event 175 participants become a super hero for the morning and developed new arts and performance skills, working with The Lowry and Paines Plough’s pop-up Roundabout Theatre. The 'Watch This Space' stage attract audiences of 3000 visitors to Church Street for the Love Eccles Festival showcasing 10 performances of musical talent from MAPAS.

Fun Palaces engaged over 200 people in 8 workshops over 2 days at 6 libraries and an audience of 80, participated in The Globe Theatre’s performance of Macbeth over at Salford Museum and Art Gallery.

Stickman Family Arts Event was part of the 100 Moments campaign and included in a publication for Public Health and NHS commissioners. Activities included a film screening, clay model making and a percussion workshop for children.

Eccles Library Choir offered over 20 weekly singing and sight singing workshops to over 25 new members.  The weekly choir will continue thanks to support from Greater Manchester Strategic Arts Fund and MAPAS.

New date and time: 

2:45pm - 4:15pm, starting Wednesday 8th November 2017.

New choir leader, Joe Chesterman-March, will replace Ashley Mellor, who is moving on to new endeavours.


Eccles Library Lounge

Eccles Gateway and Library, 28 Barton Lane, Eccles, M30 0TU


£2 per session

Booking required

  • Relaxed and friendly choir led by Salford's Music and Performing Arts Service (MAPAS).
  • Have a go at singing for the first time
  • Perfect for beginners and experienced singers alike
  • Meet new friends
  • Improve your confidence
  • Enjoy the positive effects on your health and wellbeing
  • Performance opportunities at local events
  • Refreshments provided

Please note: this choir is term time only.

Call 0161 909 6528 or email sends e-mail) for more information.

Musical Snowman Spectacular by thirty members of MAPAS Youth Orchestra inspired 100 children and family members at Eccles Children’s library, after months of painstaking rehearsals.

Mop Top's Magical Tale Trail  proves a hit with families, engaging 30 families at Eccles library to help Mrs Mop Top find the clues to make the magic spell to help open her book.


Supporting economic development, skills and employment:

This additional income to the city has boosting the capacity of the library and MAPAS.  £15000 of the funding has directly been contributed to the local supply chain with extra high quality events and workshops for children and families, equipment and arts materials as well as engaging local artists.

We have delivered high quality arts events, workshops, a festival music stage, live performances and a new choir.  We have employed storytellers, code bug trainers, print makers, puppet makers, visual artists, musicians and theatre practitioners. A new weekly choir was established and will continue until Summer 2017 with support from MAPAS, the Music and Performing Arts Service.

A new suite of digital laptops and creative software packages including Adobe Suite will ensure library customers have the best creative digital opportunities in the future.   With the new Public Address system libraries are now better equipped to host small events in the future.  Digital photography training for libraries staff will help us improve the quality of our event photographic coverage and social media content.

Promoting understanding and community cohesion:

The programme has delivered a positive social impact and signifcant outputs of increased participation have been achieved, far greater than it's original targets.

1756 participations by Salford residents, including 929 engagements by children and young people.

770 people brought together to create understanding and improve community cohesion.

220 beneficiaries were from socially or economically excluded groups.

Our family arts events have been a great catalyst for connecting hundreds of families and participants to meet new people. Our choir and local musicians have performed at local events including a memorial for a local resident supporting local organisations to bring people together for a common cause.

New Universal Culture Offer for Public Libraries

The Eccles Arts Programme fits perfectly with the recently created new Universal Culture Offer for Public Libraries to increase engagement in art and culture.  This recognises public libraries as welcoming places where children and adults can immerse themselves in every form of art: learn from local artists; create their own art; watch theatre, music and dance performances; and learn about art and culture through books and reading.

Connecting to Other Cultural Venues

Another aim for the Eccles Arts Programme is to encourage residents to visit other cultural venues around Salford.  We work in partnership with The Lowry to recruit families to their ‘Our First Lowry’ free scheme that gives 150 Salford families with children under 5yrs, their first opportunity to see theatre performances at The Lowry.  Go to for more info.