What We Do
Wigan STEAM is a creative organisation that aims to nurture creativity in people of all ages and backgrounds through exhibitions, workshops, creative projects, and a community makerspace.
We provide high quality cultural experiences, creative learning opportunities and enriching social spaces to enable people to develop the skills that they need in order to lead rich, fulfilling and empowered lives.
STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and maths. What the STEAM approach means is a continuous discussion between educators, artists, makers, scientists, engineers, mathematicians, technologists, and other humans. As a general overview, STEAM is an educational approach that combines science, technology, engineering and maths with the arts, following the belief that STEM subjects are vital in today’s society, but that it is a mixture of these subjects with the arts that promotes creativity, innovation, and critical thinking.
Built on the 7 C’s of learning developed by Guy Claxton and Bill Lucas – confidence, curiosity, collaboration, communication, creativity, commitment and craftsmanship – Wigan STEAM aims to equip people with the creative resilience and digital capacities that they need to navigate today’s changing world with confidence and competence, and to have the critical thinking skills to adapt, respond and innovate throughout their lives.
Young People & Families
A large part of our work is providing cultural experiences for children, young people and their families. We run a programme of regular events alongside one-off workshops.
We're have a makerspace which is open to all members of the community to come and get creative, learn new skills and socialise with like-minded people. We also put on a programme of workshops for adults, intended to improve well-being and mental health.
We put on a programme of exhibitions in our gallery intended to provide the local community with high quality cultural experiences.
Now in it's third year, our artist development programme aims to nurture the artist community in Greater Manchester, through a programme of paid residencies, commissions, workshop facilitation opportunities and free access to equipment and workshop space.
We work with education settings to provide students and teachers with creative, inspiring and empowering learning opportunities that are aligned with the current curriculum and Ofsted framework. We are an Arts Award Centre and Supporter, and an Artsmark partner.
STEAMFund is a funding pot that will allow us to offer heavily discounted or free places for our events to young people under local authority care, in financial hardship, or unable to pay due to other circumstances.