Who are we?

Originally formed in 1991 as a community theatre project for Oldham’s Asian community, Peshkar has evolved into the UK’s leading participatory arts organisation targeting young people who are deemed hard to reach or socially disadvantaged.

An Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation with regular support from Oldham Council, Peshkar works across multi-platforms utilising the full range of arts forms, acting as conduit for young people from the margins of society to better access a cultural offer or using the arts as an intervention in the lives of young people to better enhance their life chances on a personal and professional level.

How do we work?

Our work is underpinned by a commitment to excellence in participatory arts practice framed around our core values of ‘participation,’ ‘inspiration,’ ‘innovation’ and ‘progression.’ We expect the young people that we work with to be inspired by our innovative policy and practice to the extent that they will progress to a higher level of engagement with society through improved life chances.

We are proud of the successes we have experienced empowering disenfranchised young people through our programmes of work to make positive changes in their lives over the long term. Each strand adheres to our process driven methodology which:

  • Has a thematic approach.
  • Engages young people from our target group within the theme as ‘enquiry partners’.
  • Uses a variety of traditional and non traditional engagement tools including digital media applications in the generating of content which utilises this original user voice.
  • Presents this content in a variety of ways and settings.

The key driver for this process is our artistic policy that:

  • Is an authentic voice using the dynamic language of modern young people.
  • Is contemporary and has a resonance with today’s society.
  • Connects with a wide, diverse audience.
  • Can be presented on multi platforms.
  • Utilises contemporary arts practice including music and multimedia.
  • Is relevant to young people from hard to reach backgrounds.

Where do we work?

Based in Oldham, Peshkar continues to deliver projects across Greater Manchester and the North West and actively delivers outside the region including international work. We consider ourselves as a beacon of best practice within our field and where possible are keen to act as bridge point for shared knowledge and understanding from organisations and individuals from across the world.

Peshkar Productions
Oldham Museum,
Greaves St,
United Kingdom

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