Cap & Dove


Cap & Dove is a travelling mini arts centre, which houses a tiny theatre, museum and a shop.

The arts centre on wheels travels to the heart of communities in Greater Manchester between August and October 2021.

The commissioned artist Joshua Sofaer has collaborated with artists from across Greater Manchester to make, decorate and design the vehicle.

The interior features wallpaper, curtains and floor tiles designed and decorated by local artists. The onboard shop sells items made by local makers, and the artefacts on display are carefully selected from collections at local museums. As a theatre, Cap & Dove presents a live performance programme at each of the tour locations. The programme will be performed by the Cap & Dove ensemble, six artists and theatre makers from Greater Manchester.

A Peterloo legacy project, Cap & Dove harnesses and takes forward the spirit captured in Greater Manchester’s Peterloo commemorations during summer 2019.

The project celebrates protest, liberty and equality, the same themes that united Greater Manchester at Peterloo over 200 years ago.

The title comes from the ‘cap of liberty’ and the ‘dove of peace’, two symbols of protest.


Cap & Dove by Joshua Sofaer, 2020. Designed and built with Tim Denton. Additional design by Maisy Summer, Caroline Dowsett, Standard Practice, Zaynah Arif (Textiles and Surface Design, University of Bolton) and workshop participants across Greater Manchester.

Research and development by Rule of Threes

Commissioned by Greater Manchester Arts, a network that represents the arts services and cultural trusts of all the ten districts of Greater Manchester. Their vision is straightforward: to bring the arts to everyone, and for more people to be more creative, more often.

Supported by Greater Manchester Culture Authority (GMCA) as part of the Great Place programme, which supports new partnerships and different ways of working together to demonstrate the power of culture in Greater Manchester