Manchester Metropolitan University

Contemporary Arts

We have a longstanding reputation as a vibrant community of practitioners and theorists working together to create a dynamic, colourful and lively community of young, experienced and established talent that is continually pushing at the boundaries of theatre, dance, music and writing.

Our strong relationships with the creative industry and cultural organisations keep us closely connected to professional expertise as we increase our influence on the contemporary arts in Britain and beyond. We have strong regional and international networks, and our ongoing involvement in community arts and community engagement allows our learning communities to reach beyond the university. 

The purpose-built facilities for Contemporary Arts provide dedicated studios for performance including four theatre spaces, two dance spaces and a complex of music spaces and music recording studios. There are also specialist digital facilities including a media suite.

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The campus is also home to the Axis Arts Centre, which aims to promote the best emergent, national and international small-scale touring contemporary theatre, live art, contemporary dance, performance writing, new music and installation. Over the years it has presented some of the biggest names in contemporary performance of all kinds, from Forced Entertainment to Benjamin Zephaniah, Yolande Snaith to Goat Island, Scanner to Frantic Assembly, Bobby Baker to Odin Teatret.

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