Manasamitra has been commissioned by Beam, a cultural development organisation working across the North of England based in Wakefield, to deliver a commissioned project through the Dewsbury Creative Town Arts programme which is part of Kirklees Council’s Blueprint plans to revitalise the town centre. With additional support from Arts Council England, Beam is delivering a collaborative project engaging artists, residents and communities in exploring the story of Dewsbury’s changing landscape through walks, conversations, craft, design, public art and digital media.

Our new commission will enlist the help of local communities and artists to compile a digital record of Dewsbury. This will involve eliciting people’s memories of places in the town that had either personal or general significance, collecting sounds from around Dewsbury and creating a digital record of the town. This will result in a series of podcasts, designed to act as ‘virtual tour guides’ around the town, pointing out places of interest with associated personal stories or local history. Each podcast/walk will last approximately 20 minutes.

Manasamitra will be contacting local communities from early 2023 and if you are interested in being involved, contact Jacqueline at for further details.

The project will be completed by September 2023.

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