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. 

Moving Forwards, Sideways project

'Moving Forwards, Sideways' is an engagement project designed to support Hong Kong BN(O) communities in Manchester throughout the summer of 2023. This community-oriented programme offers a series of free workshops centred around the themes of migration, home, and memories. Participants will have the opportunity to explore various artistic disciplines, including acrylic painting, clay and ceramics, printmaking, and performance, all led by artists of East and Southeast Asian cultural backgrounds.

Through these workshops, individuals can connect, create, and grow alongside others who share similar experiences. The Communal Project Space will showcase the collective creativity in late June, providing a glimpse into the inspiring works produced. This initiative is made possible by the generous support of the North West Regional Strategic Migration Partnership (RSMP).

Join us at our Communal Project Space to celebrate these journeys of empowerment and discovery, as we move forwards, sideways, and beyond.

esea ArtClub

esea ArtClub is an arts programme for East and Southeast Asian Mancunians over fifty. Participants have the chance to practise art-making, meet new people, visit arts and culture venues across Greater Manchester, and enjoy preparing and eating Asian foods.

esea ArtClub has previously been supported by the Big Lottery Community Fund.