Creativity and Cultural Forum

Oldham Creativity and Cultural Forum is a meeting place for creative people to gain advice and network with other professionals working in the creative industries. Local artists and makers, voluntary and community sector workers and individuals with an interest and passion to work creatively in their local community are all welcome.

The forum is the ideal place to find out more information about opportunities, funding and events.

The next Creativity and Cultural Forum is TBC.




Further Information

Artist Call Out Oldham Reindeer Parade 2022

We would like to hear from artists and makers with experience in creating large scale, non-vehicular, parade / carnival structures. We are looking for design ideas for 3 x parade structures that will showcase in Oldham’s Reindeer Parade Saturday 26th November 2022.

Oldham’s annual Reindeer Parade celebrates the festive season with the arrival of Santa and his eight reindeer to the town centre. One of three main winter events, this Christmas carnival attracts audiences of up to 10,000. The parade consists of music, dancing, street theatre performers and over 200 community participants.

 The Brief

Please send an expression of interest in designing and making a parade / carnival structure for Oldham Reindeer Parade that responds to the theme, ‘The North Pole / Santa’s Workshop’.

Design ideas can, but not exclusively, be based upon on the following:

  • The North Pole
  • The North Star
  • Toys
  • Santa’s grotto
  • Arctic animals
  • Snow / ice
  • Elves
  • Presents

Design ideas should include materials that are or can be reused / recycled.

The structure needs to be a minimum of 3 metres in height, to be paraded for approximately 30 minutes and displayed within a high street setting for approximately 3 hours.

We are looking for work that entertains and engages a diverse audience – something which might appeal (and be suitable) to both adults and families.

 How It Works

We want you to tell us about:

  • You and your experience.
  • Your designs / ideas.
  • Images / design of make.
  • Outline any additional support you would need.

The call out is open to artists based in Greater Manchester over the age of 18.

A maximum of 3 artists will be selected. Successful applicants will receive payment of £1,600 that will cover time and materials. 2 x payments will be made – on signature of artist agreement and following the event.

Email this information to Mary.O’, the title of the email must start with – Oldham Reindeer Parade and your name.

Applicants will be informed on the outcome of their submission by Wednesday 21st September.

If you have any questions, please contact: Mary.O’

Closes midnight Sunday 18th September. Please note the deadline has been extended from Friday 9th September.


Heritage, Libraries and Arts 

The Gallery and Library services have merged and now operate as – Reading and Health, Children and Young People, Information and Digital, Collections & Exhibitions and Creativity and Culture under Heritage, Libraries and Arts. We are looking at how we can work more collaboratively to widen the offer for our creative colleagues.

Artist and creative project advice surgeries

The Creativity and Culture team aims to support you and to help bring your creative ideas to life. For a one-to-one surgery on funding advice or to discuss project proposals/ideas please contact:

Arts Council England 

For the latest advice, guidance and opportunities please see

Gallery Oldham

Supporting local artists and makers is a priority for Gallery Oldham. Gallery 4, formerly our Community Gallery shows a wide range of exhibitions by groups and individuals with links to Oldham. If you are interested in submitting an exhibition proposal for consideration please see the link above for further information.

Greater Manchester Artist Hub – We’re with you as you make sense of things

If you’re an artist, theatre-maker, freelancer, creative, company, or producer based in Greater Manchester — we’d like to talk to you.  If you want to talk through your creative ideas, or get advice on issues that are causing you concern, or simply develop your network & stay connected — please sign-up below for a 30 minute chat with us.

Oldham Library Business Resources

The libraries have a wide range of specialist resources to help to support local businesses. Visit the Ask about Business website for information on everything from business planning, marketing, workshops and help and tax queries.