Flags For Hope Documentary

Flags for Hope the movie!

We documented the whole journey from interviewing the residents of the care homes to the batiking and dyeing process, as well as the install. We hear from artists and volunteers about this beautiful project taking place in a challenging time.


Dan Jones
Lauren Moore
Lizzie Rigby
Melanie Roberts
Rowan Taylor

Project Manager: Kate Rothery

Artistic Director: Emily Wood

In Partnership with Sonder Radio:

Director (Sonder Radio): Rachel Roger
Freelance Story Tellers: Lucy Fiori and Eduarda Klaser

Thank you to the care home Activity Coordinators:

Lindsey at Daisy Nook House (Ashton-Under-Lyne)
Caitlin at Stamford Court (Stalybridge)
Louise at Sandon House (Mossley)

Thank you to the residents who shared their stories and members of the public who submitted their stories of hope digitally.

Thank you to all 27 volunteers that gave their time to batik and dye the silk.

Film by John Grey.

The project ran in partnership with Sonder Radio and was supported by a number of organisations including: Arts Council England, School For Social Entrepreneurs, Social Enterprise Support Fund, National Lottery Community Fund, Action Together, GMCVO, Postcode Community Trust, Equilibrium Foundation, Global Grooves and The Vale Mossley.

Hope On Tour

We’re almost at the last stop on our Flags For Hope journey! The flags have all been sewn and tested and they’re getting ready to go on tour!

They’ll be on tour for 3 weeks this summer to the care homes we worked with over the past few months. They will be on public display in various formats around the grounds of each Care Home.



You can now listen to the Flags For Hope Podcast on our dedicated project page. We worked in partnership with Sonder Radio to deliver creative writing and story-telling workshops. If you’re going to come and see them in person, we’d recommend listening to all the stories from each home as you see the exhibition.


Tour Dates

Friday 30th July – Friday 6th August: Daisy Nook House (Ashton-Under-Lyne)
Fri 6th – Friday 13th August – Stamford Court (Stalybridge)
Friday 13th – Friday 20th August – Sandon House (Mossley)

Full address details are on the dedicated Flags For Hope page.


People Power

These flags wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our community of volunteers. 27 people over the course of 2 weeks in June/July 2021 came into our studio at The Vale in Mossley to wax and paint our 6 flags to bring the stories alive.

> 36 meters of hand woven Indian silk
> 5 artists
> 104 hours to wax and paint
> 27 volunteers from Tameside, Oldham and Manchester


Full info can be found at: https://cabasacarnivalarts.com/projects/flags-for-hope

Metamorphosis Aviva Crowdfunder


We’re taking part in the Aviva Community Fund again this year, but things have changed a little. It’s now a Crowdfunding platform and we have set our target at £1000 to raise project funds for our Metamorphosis project.


Metamorphosis explores the Carnival tradition of whole body painting as an empowering, transformative and life changing experience. This groundbreaking project will provide a once in a lifetime opportunity for women and artists to tell their stories through the unique art form, creating beautiful, thought provoking imagery.

Cabasa will change the lives of peri and post natal women experiencing feelings of anxiety and isolation through this artist led outreach and engagement project. An exciting team of emerging and established artists will be trained by high profile industry leaders, learning the incredible power of art as a catalyst for positive change.

We have some great rewards including:

£20 for a Metamorphosis 2021 Calendar
£50 for a workshop in body painting (10 places available)
£500 for The works! A body paint experience day for yourself where you’ll be painted by one of our artists and photographed by a professional photographer.

Or you can simply donate towards the project.


Shiny New Website

We have a shiny new website, hurrah! We’ll be updating it with more and more about how you can get involved with Cabasa in 2020.