At the heart of Factory International sits the engine of artistic ambition and experimentation. This is the place for artists to dream big and to venture boldly into collaborations and artistic conversations not possible elsewhere. At the festival we’ve pioneered many ways to support artists as they develop their ambitions, and with Factory International we will offer space year round for artists to stretch out, invent and evolve.

Over the coming years, we hope to offer more opportunities for under-represented artists here in Greater Manchester and the North, artists from the global majority, trans and non-binary artists, and artists who self-identify as disabled and neurodivergent. Together, our aim at Factory International is to become a new creative powerhouse, where our tomorrow is made stronger and brighter through new voices and new visions of the world.

Our Projects

  • Factory Sounds

    Making music in Greater Manchester or working in the industry? Factory Sounds is designed to support you.
  • Artist Takeovers

    With our takeovers we offer artists the opportunity to explore and experiment working at an epic scale.
  • Factory International Fellowship

    Our Fellowship supports artists at a transitional stage in their career to stretch their practice in different directions.
  • Artist Social

    Calling all artists across the city – come and meet fellow artists at our Artist Social hosted by Factory Sounds artist Rumbi Tauro
  • Global Creatives

    Are you an artist from outside the UK? Come and meet fellow artists
  • Artist Drop-in

    A casual meet-up for artists from across Greater Manchester and beyond

Submit a project

If you've got an idea, we're open to it. Propose a project for our Curatorial and Producing teams to review.

A new creative powerhouse

Some of our past initiatives at Factory International have included the Jerwood Creative Fellowship programme and Factory International Fellowship, Fellows Alumni, Creative 50, Creative Lab, Creative Call Out, Matchmakers, MIF Sounds and Introduction to Virtual Tools.

We're also a member of the Greater Manchester Artist Hub, a group of 14 arts organisations in the region that have supported hundreds of independent practitioners in the area. Since it formed in 2020, the hub has offered hardship bursaries to excluded freelancers, funding and training to early career artists and private advice sessions to local artists. Moving forward, Factory International will continue to be a key partner for Manchester Independents, which in 2021 provided over £100,000 of support to Greater Manchester artists to develop and showcase new creative projects throughout the city region.

In summer 2024, we're launching two new artist projects Global Creatives and Artist Drop-in.


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