About us

Arc is a creative arts organisation based in Stockport, UK, specialising in workshops, wellbeing and community development. We work in and around Stockport and the North West from our base at Arc Centre and Gallery.

Please find out more via these links to other pages;

Wellbeing Programmes    |    Public Workshops    |    Public Exhibitions and Events   
Shop & Refreshments    |    Get Involved    |    Find Us    |    Contact Us

At Arc we help people to manage their mental health and increase their wellbeing by exploring what it means to live well; to experience meaning and purpose; to flourish and to make a difference. We provide opportunities for people to explore their creativity, connect with each other and learn new skills.

What we offer

  • We offer vulnerable adults & young people structured programmes of support, helping them on a journey through recovery to wellbeing and independence.
  • We offer health partners and commissioners a specialist service which uses the unique power of the arts to support recovery from mental ill health. We have unrivalled experience in the development of high impact, bespoke support programmes for people at all stages of recovery.
  • We offer communities the opportunity to experience, design and co-produce inspirational arts events which build capacity and change perspectives about where they live.
  • We offer artists training, space, opportunities and resources to develop their practice in socially engaged settings.
  • We offer members of the public with a creative interest the opportunity to learn new practical skills.

Our Values

We believe that everyone is creative. We constantly seek opportunities for people to express their creativity, to flourish and to be able to transform their lives.

We are dynamic and proactive in our work. We embrace positive changes to our practice in order to maximise the creative opportunities available for people to enhance their wellbeing.

We believe that creativity can benefit everyone. We are committed to an inclusive way of working, to promote the positive benefits of connections between people and shared support networks.

Quality matters. We are motivated to design and deliver high quality art and creative experiences, providing skills and inspiration.

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Arc Personnel

Arc has a Board of Directors responsible for governing the organisation, and each Director covering an essential area of expertise. The board consists of:
Julia McBryde (Chairperson)    |     Kevin Brosnahan (Director    |    
Wendy Jones (Director)      |      Rachel Lake (Company Secretary)     |     Safia Griffin (Director)

Annual Reports

Arc Annual Report 2013-14        Arc Annual Report 2015-16    |     Arc Annual Report 2016-17

Arc Partners

Partner organisations include:

Barnaby Festival     |    Give2Gain Timebank     |    Signpost Young Carers

Associate artists include:

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Anita Draper    |     John Hamilton     |     Lisa Risbec     |     Stacey Coughlin
The Scribbly Nib     |     Sylvia Glover     |     Tracy-Lee McGuinness-Kelly     |     YumiMakes

Special Thanks

We are very grateful for the advice, donated time, input, skill and expertise of the following people:

CCETdotcom    |     Andrea Designs     |     Breathe PR
Lucie Fitzpatrick     |      Funplace2b Digital

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