Arts centre takes business online

Waterside Arts Centre in Trafford, Manchester


Paul Genty

4 Nov 2020

Trafford centre finds a way round closure until spring 2021

Waterside Arts in Trafford, Manchester, has launched a new digital hub, Diverge, after deciding its doors will remain closed until next spring.

The theatre, art galleries, studios and workspaces are a centre for both performance and visual art. Like many cultural venues, Waterside had to close in March and made the decision to remain closed after making an unsuccessful bid for government emergency funds.

The Diverge portal will celebrate creativity in the area, including a festive family “adventure” and an animation conference.

Diverge will stream content created by Waterside and showcase work made in the borough and its first event will be the annual Puppet Masters conference, to be streamed free from November 11-14.

Puppet Masters, now in its sixth year, is the UK’s top conference for animators from all backgrounds, featuring masterclass talks from leading figures in animation. 

This year four events will take place over four evenings, opening opportunities for a wider international audience. This year’s programme features In Conservation with Phil Tippett with the Oscar and Emmy award-winning visual effects supervisor and producer. Also featured will be a talk from puppet master Georgina Hayns, who worked on films such as Coraline. The full conference programme and schedule is available on the website.

Other attractions on Divergehub include Humbug from Wrongsemble – seven interactive episodes that can be viewed throughout December.

Diverge will also play host to the seventh Northern Lights Writers’ Conference from November 23-26. The conference will present free digital events for emerging and established professional writers.

More information on Diverge here or by email here.