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Arts and Culture

Our venues

Open to staff, students and the public, visit one of our superb galleries, see a play featuring future stars, or view our Special Collections of art, books, crafts and film, which date back to 1853.  

Axis Art Centre, Crewe

Theatre, dance, music and performance

Supported by the Arts Council, the Centre promotes the best emergent, national and international small-scale touring contemporary theatre, live art, contemporary dance, performance writing, new music and installation.

Visit the Axis Art Centre Website

Capitol Theatre, Manchester

Nuturing future acting stars

The Capitol is Manchester Met's theatre, renowned for training Drama UK accredited actors, where you can see some of the future stars on the stage; we also host professional touring productions, evening workshops and public classes.

Visit the Capitol Theatre Website

Holden Gallery, Manchester

Contemporary art exhibitions

The Holden offers an exciting programme of contemporary exhibitions that are open and free to the public, with Manchester’s biggest free exhibition of new work and the School of Art annual undergraduate and MA degree shows.

Visit the Holden Gallery Website

MMU Special Collections

Rare books, archives and artifacts

Open to the public, the collections are central to the artistic culture and teaching at MMU, with over 150 years of artefacts, rare books, film and artwork; we also curate and host a programme of exhibitions

Visit the MMU Special Collections Website

North West Film Archive

See the region’s history on film

The Archive offers a variety of access services to users in the public, academic and commercial sectors. Users who are able to visit the NWFA’s new home in Manchester Central Library can enjoy free access to over 500 titles.  

Visit the North West Film Archive Website

Manchester Children's Book Festival

Inspiring creativity and fuelling ambition in the next generation

An annual programme of events and activities for children, families - and anyone who's ever loved books. Directed by Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy and featuring free and ticketed events with authors, illustrators and performers in cultural venues and schools across the city and region. 

Visit the Manchester Children's Book Festival Website

Humanities in Public Festival

War: Autumn Season, October-December 2015

The research showcase for the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, our aim is to introduce you to the research we do via a programme of topical events and activities that are open to everyone. The 'WAR' themed events will run from October to December 2015 and will illustrate the shifting nature of how war is remembered and represented in the past and present.

Visit the Humanities in Public Website