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M3 1DA

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Join us in shaping a new vision for Arts Philanthropy in the North

A one-day conference led by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and supported by Arts Council England, this event seeks to reimagine the relationship between the arts and philanthropy by providing ideas and active solutions to the central question:

What does a radical future look like for Philanthropy in the Arts in the North of England?

Including an opening welcome from Sir Nicholas Serota CH, Chair of Arts Council England, Northern Lights will explore how arts organisations, funders and philanthropists can work to stimulate philanthropic giving in the North.

This ground-breaking day of learning, knowledge-sharing, practical workshops and pitches will stimulate new ideas and create a new vision for arts philanthropy in the North.

The day will include talks from high-calibre speakers, panel discussions and practical workshops on topics including:

  • How can we get donors excited about supporting the arts in the North?

  • What can we learn from other sectors?

  • How can we leverage our creativity and tell better stories?

  • How do we attract a diverse mix of donors?

Breaks and lunch will offer the chance for arts and cultural organisations to meet a range of funders and technology providers keen to develop new initiatives. Break-out sessions will also stimulate ideas for philanthropy which will be compiled by Arts Council England and used to help shape future policy.

Who is it for?

This event is aimed at arts organisations in the North of England as well as philanthropists, donors, family foundations and corporate foundations with a vested interest in the region.

Pitch Opportunity

As part of the day there will be a workshop session for five selected arts organisations to pitch an idea for investment to funders and philanthropists. This is a unique opportunity to gain feedback on your ideas and increase future chances of success in this area.

The workshop will involve practical steps and advice including the creation of sound bites and short films to support organisations in developing relationships with a range of funders.

If you’d like your organisation to be invited to pitch, simply register your interest when booking your place.

As a pivotal opportunity to help shape future policy in this area we hope you will join us for this inspiring and practical day of learning and networking.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Stoller Hall is located directly opposite Manchester Victoria station, within easy reach of all main train, bus, tram and road links. Delegate access is via Hunt’s Bank, with the front doors facing Manchester Arena.


By train: The Stoller Hall is situated opposite Manchester Victoria station where direct services run from across the region. Manchester Victoria is a 10-minute direct tram journey from Manchester Piccadilly.

By tram: Metrolink services connecting communities across Greater Manchester. The nearest stop to The Stoller Hall is Victoria Station.

By bus: Many buses stop a few minutes’ walk from The Stoller Hall on Corporation Street and at Shudehill Transport Interchange. The central bus station at Piccadilly Gardens, and the coach station on Chorlton Street, are each a 10-15 minute walk or a short tram ride away.


Approximate postcode for Satnav: M3 1DA

The Stoller Hall are pleased to partner with Q-Park Deansgate North to offer discounted parking for all our visitors. With a discount voucher you can park for up to 8 hours in the indoor, multi-storey Q-Park for just £5. Click here for details on directions to the parking facility, which is open 24/7. To claim the discounted price, just collect a voucher from the Box Office during your visit and scan it when returning to the car park to pay.

Q-Park offers 23 disabled spaces and 4 electric car charging points. There is a level journey of less than 400m from the carpark to The Stoller Hall via Victoria Street and Hunts Bank.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email us at with any queries and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We will have a list of all registered participants who have applied for tickets at the registration desk on arrival, so bringing a printed ticket is not required.

Can I update my registration information?

If you would like to change any details on your booking, please email us at least 7 days in advance of the event:

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