Young Creatives Summer Workshops

1 - 20 Aug 2023

The Social and the Undercroft, Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester, M3 4JQ



From 4pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday until 31 August.

See below for the full schedule of workshops.

Free to attend. No booking required.

Accessibility features available for this event: Wheelchair Access

Tap into your creative side this summer with our free, drop-in workshops for young people

Join us at Aviva Studios this summer for a series of creative workshops for young people – as part of Factory International’s summer programme.

These are not your average workshops. Upcycle a t-shirt, learn how to street dance or get lost in psychedelic drawing inspired by our blockbuster Yayoi Kusama: You, Me and the Balloons exhibition – all while mingling and mixing with fellow young creatives.

You don’t need a ticket – just drop by from 4pm, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday. The bar is open throughout, so you can enjoy food and drink as the sun goes down.

Workshops have been specially designed by Factory International’s Creative Learning team and are intended for young people aged 14 to 30.


Kusama T-Shirts, Tuesday 1 and 8 August, 4–8pm

Embrace individuality and sustainability with our upcycling workshop. Transform your preloved t-shirts into psychedelic, Kusama-inspired creations.

Photography and videography, Wednesday 2 August, 4–8pm

Learn how to produce still images that can be used in film, with a workshop focused on architecture and the surrounding natural area.

Soul and Hip Hop Storytelling, Sunday 6 August, 4–8pm

Explore the power of empathy in hip hop and soul music and how this can apply in our everyday lives, in this introspective workshop on storytelling, identity and music.

Psychedelic Drawing and Music, Sunday 13 August, 4–8pm

Create your own abstract psychedelic artwork inspired by Yayoi Kusama: You, Me and the Balloons. Meet fellow young creatives and share your psychedelic creations.

An Evening of Poetry, Wednesday 9 August, 4–8pm

Join us for an evening of poetry inspired by Kusama’s love of words. Write your own poems and share with fellow young creatives.

I M Pact Dance Workshop, Tuesday 15 August and Sunday 20 August, 4–8pm

Join dance community group I M Pact for a workshop that explores the underground world of freestyle dance.

Sip & Paint with a touch of Culture, Wednesday 16 August, 4–8pm

Get inspired by African print fabrics with this sip and paint session – plus Afrobeats music and poetry.

Access information

Our full address is Aviva Studios, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ and the what3words is

There are accessible toilets on all public levels of Aviva Studios.

A mixture of wheelchair accessible toilets with right- or left-hand transfer as well as ambulant accessible cubicles with grab rails are located in the brick arches in the Social.

There are additional accessible toilets in both Hall Foyers.

You do not need a key to use the accessible toilets.

Aviva Studios is a new purpose-built cultural space in the heart of Manchester. The entrance to our building is through double glass doors. There are automatic doors at both entrances.

Once inside, there is step-free access to all areas of the venue. You will arrive into the Social, a large public space where there are a range of seats (including those with arms), a bar and toilets (including accessible toilets).

The bars in the Social and Hall Foyer have lowered accessible service points.

If you need to bring an assistance dog to one of the workshops, please contact

Getting here

Aviva Studios can be approached along Water Street (coming from Quay Street) or along Liverpool Road (coming from Deansgate or Castlefield).

Our closest stations are:

Salford Central station: 0.4 miles

Deansgate station and Deansgate-Castlefield tram: 0.6 miles

St Peter’s Square tram: 0.6 miles

Manchester Victoria station is approximately one mile from Aviva Studios

Manchester Piccadilly station is approximately 1.3 miles from Aviva Studios

Click on the links above to find detailed access information for each station.

Free bus services stop at all city-centre stations, and near to Aviva Studios along Deansgate, Bridge St and Quay St. Buses on these free routes are wheelchair accessible. For full details of the free bus routes, please visit the TfGM website.

There is a car park approximately 0.6 miles from Aviva Studios at Water Street Car Park, New Elm Rd, Manchester, M3 4JH.

There is also a NCP car park (Manchester Spinningfields) approximately 0.5 miles away from Aviva Studios at Spinningfields, New Quay Street, Manchester, M3 3BE. It has 35 accessible bays.

There are a small number of Blue Badge spaces along Water St and Quay St. Otherwise head towards Liverpool Road, Great John St and Lower Byrom St – close to our neighbours, the Science and Industry Museum where there are a small number of additional Blue Badge spaces.

For a list of other parking bays available in the area, visit Manchester City Council website.

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