Summer 2020 - Pilot Phase

Bubble Up began as a response to the Coronavirus Pandemic and extended school closures in the first half of 2020.

Through the Summer, Curious Minds commissioned 5 a series of extra-curricular cultural learning clubs for young people transitioning from primary to secondary school in 5 neighbourhoods across the North West. 

As part of the commissioning process, 17 artists, cultural and organisations local to these areas came together to form Neighbourhood Delivery Bubbles, collaborating to share knowledge and resources in order to offer an immersive and place-based experience for the young people.

These Neighbourhood Delivery Bubbles were located in:

  • Claremont, Blackpool
  • Gorton, Manchester
  • Leigh, Wigan
  • Stretford, Trafford
  • Toxteth Liverpool

On to the next phase - Autumn Term

The second round of commissioning for Bubble Up was completed in August, with 54 different individuals and organisations selected to deliver the extra-curricular clubs across 15 more North West localities as part of Local Neighbourhood Delivery Bubbles. The locations of these will be:


  • Penrith & The Borders
  • Barrow
  • Crewe


  • Prescot
  • Toxteth (2 Bubbles)


  • Halton

Greater Manchester

  • Stretford
  • Gorton
  • Leigh, Wigan
  • Milkston & Deeplish, Rochdale
  • Levenshulme


  • Blackpool
  • Blackburn (2 Bubbles)
  • Preston

Further commissioning rounds...

The deadline for Expressions of Interest to take part in this programme, for the second half of the autumn term, is midday on Monday 29 September.