All posts

Join MADE to celebrate Manchester’s children and young people

A jam-packed weekend of activities will take place on Saturday 18th — Sunday 19th June 2022

Written by

Art Assembly Manchester 2022: City as Art School

Saturday 18 June 2022, Free

A collage of images of artists and young people who are taking part in City as Art School.

One of the art trails taking place this weekend celebrates the idea of the city as an art school and champions culture as part of educational experiences for all people.

New work by Greater Manchester artists will be popping up around the city, including in the Manchester Art Gallery, the Manchester Arndale, in St Peter’s Square and Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter. Find out more about all the artists and activities that you can enjoy and discover on the day at

Art Assembly 2022 is supported by Art Fund alongside some of Manchester’s leading arts organisations including Castlefield Gallery, HOME, Manchester Art Gallery, The Whitworth and The Manchester College.

MADE will also be hosting a series of films on our website showcasing young people’s voice on why the arts matter to them. Watch this space.

Happy, Safe and Free

Saturday 18 June 2022, Free

Three paper boats on top of a pile of shredded paper.

As if one art trail wasn’t enough…

This year MADE supported ‘Happy, Safe, and Free’, a year-long art project which got over 10,000 school students to make artworks expressing what makes them ‘happy’, ‘safe’ and ‘free’ in a project exploring empathy and understanding for refugees through creativity.

You can see work by lots of the schools who took part by searching the hashtag #HappySafeFree on Twitter.

Students have since destroyed their artworks, shredding each piece to symbolise the loss of the basic human needs of personal happiness, safety, and freedom. These shredded artworks will now become part of an art trail around Manchester, with the paper displayed as a symbol of the dangerous journeys migrants and refugees are forced to make in order to find a place of sanctuary.

To mark the beginning of Refugee Week 2022, we encourage you to journey across Manchester on 18 June to follow the trail of young people’s artworks installed across 11 city-centre locations, including the Whitworth art gallery and the Manchester Jewish Museum.

The project was designed and coordinated by Emma Martin and assisted by Judy Donnelly. Funded by Stanley Grove Primary Academy, Bright Futures Educational Trust and MADE.

Manchester Day

Sunday 19 June 2022, Free

A wide shot of the Manchester Day Parade with musicians and large puppets parading down the street, framed on either side by crowds of onlookers.

The weekend will culminate in #ManchesterDay on Sunday 19 June. Back for its first outing since Covid, the spotlight for this year’s big return will be fixed firmly on children and young people.

This year, Manchester Day is part of Our Year, which celebrates Manchester’s children and young people in a whole-city approach to help them shape a future that’s safe, happy, healthy and successful.

MADE’s Creative Influencers — young people aged 10–14, and 15–21 — have channeled their conversations on what’s important to them coming out of the pandemic into banners which will form part of the parade.

Expect a kaleidoscope of colour, sound and culture as other youth and community groups from across the city join in the famous parade that has become the highlight of the day.

Manchester Day celebrates everything great about the city. It is a day for families, residents and visitors to get together and celebrate all things Mancunian that have made Manchester one of the world’s most iconic cities.

More from the blog

Read more articles