About us

Z-arts is a charity registered in England & Wales under charity number 1093556, formed in 2000 as a creative space for young people with a priority on providing participatory activity.


Z-arts is Manchester’s dedicated venue for children, families and friends and our mission is to inspire and enable generations of young people from across Manchester and beyond to utilise their creativity to maximise their potential.

We run 18 different weekly participatory classes in all art forms for children aged 0-13 in our artistic hub which houses a 230 seat theatre, gallery, music room, dance studio and various activity rooms as well as a bustling café.  Our core values are to be welcoming; vibrant; engaging, inclusive and forward thinking and this runs through our programme and all communications channels.

Creative learning is still at the core of everything we do, both inside and outside the building. We work with schools and communities all over Greater Manchester, spanning the whole curriculum. We strive to be forward thinking in all our projects, making them as relevant, accessible, educational and of course, fun as everyone who takes part in them deserves.


As Manchester’s venue for children and families we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming, vibrant, inclusive, engaging and forward thinking environment for the whole family to enjoy.

We believe everyone can enjoy creativity, so whatever your age, background or interest, we hope you’ll be able to find something to suit you, whether you’re looking for something for your children to do or you want to take part and get creative yourself.

With over 18 regular classes each week, there is something for everyone: Click here for details of our regular activities

If you’re more of a watcher than a doer, then our theatre programme has shows to suit all ages: Click here for details of upcoming shows and events

Our 100 year old building is a unique space availble for hire: Click here to view our spaces

We also rent office space for cultural organisations or individuals.
Click here to view our residents and to find out how to join us in Z-arts