Our residents

Z-arts is proud to be home to a range of creative tenants who are based in the building.

These tenants work in partnership with Z-arts to enrich the venue’s skillbase and transform our centre into a true creative zone where people can share experience, ideas and inspire each other.

As well as the creative companies and artists who literally ‘reside’ at Z-arts we like to invite guest artists to be in residence when a project fits. We are currently hosting ‘No Nonsense Theatre’ – our year long puppetry residency in partnership with Puppet Centre.

Previous guest residencies have been supported by ACE Grants for the Arts

Our current tenants include –

Company Chameleon

Company Chameleon believes in Dance Theatre as a vital method for social change. Their work allows the viewer to experience the art of dance whilst tackling challenging issues in inventive ways that allows the viewer access and inclusion.
Company Chameleon initiates, encourages and supports Dance Theatre by fostering artistic exchange between dancers, choreographers and students both regionally and internationally.
0161 232 6082

Dance Manchester

Dance Manchester is Greater Manchester’s central dance organisation providing a whole range of opportunities for dance. Dance Manchester’s work covers a range of community projects in the districts, to the bi-annual international festival ‘Urban Moves’. Dance Manchester works with dance artists and companies, arts organisations, community groups, venues, local authorities and funders.
0161 232 7179

Drake Music

Drake Music breaks down disabling barriers to music through innovative approaches to teaching, learning and making music. Through their diverse offer, Drake Music continue to explore different ways of working at the intersection of music, disability, art & technology and break new ground artistically and in terms of participatory practice.
0161 232 6079

hÅb & Word of Warning

hÅb is a producer, promoter and strategic advocate of contemporary performance practice in the North West. It specialises in development opportunities for artists and delivers an incoming performance programme for audiences in a range of Manchester venues (including Z-arts) as Word of Warning.
0161 232 6086



Maggie Fox & Sue Ryding (aka LipService) have been writing and performing together since 1985. They have written sixteen original comedies for the stage, had their own comedy series on BBC Radio 4, many appearances on TV and won several awards.

LipService is now one of the most firmly established touring companies in the UK, touring throughout Britain but also abroad. This autumn they will be bringing you ‘Inspector Norse’, a Scandinavian self-assembly thriller. Come and see a “work in progress” performance on  Tuesday 26th June at Z-arts. LipService are delighted to be based at Z Arts and will be offering costume/wig and prop hire from their creative space.

0161 232 6093/4

ODD Arts

Odd Theatre Community Interest Company was founded in 2004 and is committed to working creatively with vulnerable and excluded groups for positive and realistic results. The company manages and facilitates creative, issue- based workshops within the Criminal Justice System, community and education sector.

Issues explored include drug and alcohol abuse, cultural diversity, victim awareness, mental health, bulling and anger management. Odd Theatre question issues pertinent to offence related behaviour, help to identify personal responsibility, enhance thinking skills and increases self-confidence and self-awareness for participants.


Sustained Theatre Northwest

Sustained Theatre is a movement working to create a new inclusive landscape for British Culture to flourish regionally, nationally and internationally.

They aim to keep issues relating to Black, Asian, and minority ethnic theatre artists and practitioners alive and in the national debate and to sustain an environment of progressive thinking and action that will redress the balance and shake up the national arts landscape.
By providing a platform for creativity and presentation they hope to level the playing field for a sustainable future.

Street Style Surgery

The Street Style Surgery is on a mission to inspire as many young people as possible across the UK through our creative, entrepreneurial and highly educational (in a cool way) workshops.


If you’re interested in becoming a possible Z-arts resident and renting office or desk space call us on 0161 226 1912 or email liz@z-arts.org