Year of the Rat drawing competition. Photo by Kiran Mistry.

Learn & Engage

esea contemporary is committed to creating opportunities for diverse audiences to engage and interact with its programme. We work with a variety of local partner organisations, artists, and cultural practitioners to deliver a range of activities designed to support and enrich the experience of its exhibitions. 

Online Archive

esea contemporary's Online Archive & Library Catalogue allows you to search descriptions of the contents of our heritage collections, including information on our past programme.

Group Tours

Free exhibition tours are available for schools, universities and other community groups. Please email with at least two weeks’ notice to find out more about scheduling a group visit. 

Creative Workshops

We collaborate extensively with various artists and practitioners to organise a diverse range of creative workshops for our community members. These workshops encompass activities such as painting, drawing, sculpting, dancing, yoga, creative writing, reading, food-making, and much more. Stay informed about our upcoming workshops by subscribing to our newsletter and visiting our Events page.

If you're a creative practitioner based in Greater Manchester and would like to collaborate with us to conduct workshops, please contact us at We especially encourage proposals aimed at engaging family-friendly, transnational, marginalised, and underrepresented communities.

esea ArtClub

esea ArtClub is an arts programme designed for East and Southeast Asian residents of Manchester aged over fifty. Participants have the opportunity to engage in art-making, socialise, explore arts and culture venues across Greater Manchester, and indulge in the preparation and enjoyment of Asian cuisine.

It offers monthly activities, including creative workshops like painting, drawing, and ceramics, as well as cultural events such as Cantonese opera singing, social gatherings, wine tasting, and more.