Creative Stoke



::  Borderland Voices - runs arts & writing workshops for the mentally ill in Staffordshire Moorlands and the White Peak area.

::  Letting in the Light - a Newcastle-under-Lyme based community arts group, with a particular interest in working with groups and communities that don't often have a voice.

::  Glassball Arts - based near Leek. Digital-arts group with mobile kit and strong experience in community arts.

::  Hullabaloo - a group of artists in North Staffordshire, who have experience of delivering creative workshops and projects in community settings.

No web-site  Artaction - providers of NHS-recognised art therapy.

No web-site   Jigsaw Arts for Health - based at Trentham Mews Medical Centre, Stoke-on-Trent. An Arts & Health Project that runs regular arts events and holds an annual Community Arts Festival, in conjunction with local primary schools.



::   Minster Music - based at Stoke Minster & Blurton, offers a music teaching service providing curriculum music and extra-curricular activities for primary schools, and private music teaching for piano and organ. Jonathan Hill of Minster Music is a university-trained, practising professional musician with over sixteen years' experience in teaching music in the primary school setting.

::  City Songbirds - running singing sessions across Stoke-on-Trent with children aged 5 to 8 years old. Over 600 songbirds members took part in three fabulous showcase singing shows in Hanley in June 2012.

::   (CANS). CANS works with hard-to-reach communities and often assist Stoke-on-Trent City Council's Youth Services. CANS has photos on .

::  B Arts - a combined-arts company with an 18-year track-record of projects & programmes. Based in Newcastle-under-Lyme, B Arts works in North Staffordshire, the wider West Midlands, and internationally.

::   - highly experienced youth workers who deliver creative arts and digital media projects in North Staffordshire.

::   - a community music organisation working with young people in Stoke-on-Trent and combining recycling, junk, rhythm and songwriting.

::   Stoke Edits - a Stoke-on-Trent video specialist in producing BMX bike and skateboard films.

::  Verbal Arts - applied and performance arts specialists based in North Staffordshire.

::  Planet Sound - based in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Our area's main community-arts music & dance organisation, delivering creative projects across the region, and helping to develop the local artistic skills base.

:: Partners in Creative Learning (PiCL) - formerly Creative Partnerships Stoke-on-Trent, the government's 'artists into schools' national project.

::  The Regent Theatre and The Victoria Hall - run ongoing programmes of participatory arts activity (dance, drama, opera) for children and young people. At Nov 2009 Jo Blagg at the Regent/Victoria is also the Lead Manager for the new Creative and Media Diploma in Stoke-on-Trent High Schools.

::  Stamp Arts - based in Stoke-on-Trent. Stamp Arts is run by Teresa Pattison who has twenty years of experience working as a dancer, dance teacher and event organiser. Teresa was also Head of Dance at St. Margaret Ward Catholic College, Stoke-on-Trent. Teresa is also a mosaic artist.

::  Jude Theatre Company - a youth theatre based in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The group meets on Tuesdays in Crossheath.

::  New Vic Borderlines - based in Newcastle-under Lyme. Part of the New Vic Theatre, Borderlines is the Vic's strong community-arts programme of workshops and touring performance.

::  Staffordshire Performing Arts.

::  Asha Tank - a performance artist based in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  FRONTLINEdance - six-member dance company which runs education projects bringing together disabled and non-disabled dancers. Based in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Hullabaloo Arts Collective.

::  Si Waite - formerly of Planet Sound, offers original music composition, creative music technology and education.

::  Letting in the Light - a Newcastle-under-Lyme based community arts group, with a particular interest in working with groups and communities that don't often have a voice.

::  D.J. School Association - based in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Alan Barrett - freelance actor/writer and storyteller, based in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  Glassball Arts - based in Leek. Digital-arts group with mobile kit and strong experience in community arts.

::  Verbal Arts.

::  kittojago - specialist in child-centred art workshops. Based in Cheadle.

No web-site  Burslem Summer School. Major annual summer youth-theatre workshop series with professional directors.

::  Alton Castle - a 12th Century castle near the Churnet Valley; now a residential centre owned by the Archdiocese of Birmingham - which can offer disadvantaged children short-courses in spiritual, outdoors and creative activities. Has a new Discovery Centre with a dedicated room for Arts & Crafts.

Looking for dance and theatre classes? See Creative Stoke's Performing page for children's theatre and dance troupe links.

Looking for online opportunities? See West Midlands Talent Bank & 4 Talent website (formerly Channel 4's Ideas Factory).



::  Barefoot Doctors - a skills-development project in North Staffordshire which is being run by Newcastle-under-Lyme's B Arts. The project is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

::  Jelly Arts is a new arts administration agency, which coordinated a series of satellite projects around Conjunction 12, Stoke-on-Trent's Contemporary Arts Biennial.

::  Klair Scattergood - can teach workshops in creative bookmaking and bookbinding classes for adults, both online and in the classroom.

::  Stoke-based Jason Leon Georgiou can provide basic stop-motion animation workshops.

::  D.J. School Association - based in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent.



::  Willow Arts is "a community arts company specialising in public and community art. We work in environmental art, photography, and design crafts." Chris Oldham, of Willow Arts, is also a Willow Sculpture Tutor for nearby Rodbaston College.

::  Alan Barrett - Stoke-on-Trent storyteller.



::   Staffordshire County Council's Staffordshire Arts & Museums Service offers a Community Arts Fund. The County Council's Education Department also hosts a Performing Arts Unit which works with partners in Stoke-on-Trent & Newcastle-under-Lyme.

::   Staffordshire Moorlands Council has arts development grants available. They also organise regular local Arts Forums networking events for adults.

::   Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Council have an Arts page and a Cultural Strategy document for the town. They can offer small cultural grants to local organisations, via the Cultural Grants Programme.

::   East Staffordshire Council has a Community Arts Officer, .

::   Nearby Cheshire East Council (it absorbed the old Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council and Congleton Borough Council) has an Art & Museums Team.

::   The Diocese of Lichfield has a Creative Arts Officer, Frank McGregor.



::  A:N (aka Artists' Newsletter) magazine has a scheme called AIR. If you subscribe to the magazine + take AIR membership then you automatically get A:N's �5m Public and Products Liability insurance (PPL). Their website has the following information on the insurance...   

   "This policy is intended to cover visual or applied artists against all activities they are likely to engage in as part of their professional practices, including the making, designing, creating, preparing, installing, exhibiting and display of any works of visual or applied art; this will include display in your studio or other premises as well as at open studios and similar events, inside or outdoors. It also covers the lecturing, teaching or demonstrating of visual or applied art including workshops, residencies and community projects."




::  North Staffordshire Guild of Craftsmen.  Established for 25 years, the Guild holds regular high-quality fairs offering British crafts.

::   North Staffs Decorative & Fine Arts Society.

::   Society of Staffordshire Artists.

::  Staffordshire Enjoy Art - formerly Staffordshire Open Studios.

::  The Hindu Cultural Society, Staffordshire.

Near neighbours:

::  Orme Art group, a... "group of people in Staffordshire and Cheshire who have outgrown 'classes'.

::  Ridware Arts Group - based in South Staffordshire. Runs a variety of short-courses.


::  The Peak District Products Collective - a craft makers' group, in the nearby Peak District National Park.

::  CIN - by & for professional creatives in neighbouring Buxton, parts of the Peak District, and thoughout north Derbyshire.

::  Arts in the Peak. This artist-led group covers the Peak District National Park and related fringe areas such as the Staffordshire Moorlands. They have about 80 members.

::  Derbyshire Open Arts - the annual open studios event.

::  Nottingham & Derbyshire Creative Greenhouse.


::  The Textile Triangle - an up-to-date website devoted to antique and contemporary work originating from the textile towns of Macclesfield, Congleton and Leek. It is part of the Three Shires Textile Festival, and should be a useful contact point for local textiles makers and artists.

::   Macclesfield Imagination in nearby Cheshire.

::  Cheshire Open Studios event.

::  Cheshire artists' network.

::  The Avents Factory, Crewe.

::  Love Music Trust (Cheshire East).

::  Cheshire Dance.

::  Cheshire Rural Touring Arts

::  MMU Cheshire, at Crewe.

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::  Cheshire East Arts Officers.

::  Creative Manchester.


::  Creative Shropshire.



::   Volunteer Centre Stoke-on-Trent. Based at the Dudson Centre in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.

::  The Experience Corps. - can help with finding volunteers over the age of fifty.

::  National Lottery Funds, and the Awards for All scheme for smaller groups.

::  SAM Arts - their excellent list of fund-raising books.

::  Arts & Business: West Midlands - for advice and training on obtaining business sponsorship and partnerships.

::  unLtd provide grants to individuals who run projects which help their communities.

::  Robbie Williams' Give it Sum Fund can be applied to by voluntary organisations in Stoke-on-Trent.

::  The Coalfields Regeneration Fund, offers small-scale community-led project grants in ex-coalmining areas.



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