:: Potteries Museum & Art Gallery - the main public gallery in the city. The Gallery features touring exhibitions & the best of Staffordshire arts & crafts. Also has a cinema and auditorium, cafe, museum shop, and rooms for children's educational workshop activities. Located in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Burslem School of Art - has several large curated galleries with a regular exhibition programme, studio spaces upstairs, plus office space & classrooms. Located in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Conjunction AiR Space - a contemporary art gallery in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Artwaves - a commercial art galley in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Barewall - a showcase for the work of visual artists in and around North Staffordshire. Located in Burslem.
:: Trent Art - a fine art online gallery based in Stoke-on-Trent, specialising in Northern School Artists and local masters such as Jack Simcock and Arthur Berry.
:: Mothertown - at the The Old Post Office, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Newcastle-under-Lyme Museum & Art Gallery - the main gallery for the town (aka 'The Brampton'), set in parkland a short walk from the town centre.
:: The New Victoria Theatre - uses its foyer space and grounds to put on exhibitions of environment art & visual art.
:: Wedgwood Museum - showcasing the fabulous and unique 8,000-peice complete Wedgwood collection, worth £100m.
:: Keele University Art Gallery - Keele's campus is about five miles from Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Nantwich Museum - shows contemporary work in its Millennium Gallery and Community Gallery.
:: Staffordshire Artists and Makers Cooperative - at Gallery 12.
:: Electric Picture House at Congleton - nine studios and gallery/workshop space. Opened 2012.
:: Axis Arts Centre - mostly shows theatre & contemporary dance, but they also have a gallery space.
:: The Granary Gallery - at Weston Park, on the Staffordshire/Shropshire border just SW of Stafford.
:: Yellowstone Art - a boutique-style art gallery based at Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Glazed Art - specialist ceramics gallery at Trentham Gardens in Stoke-on-Trent.
:: The Radford Gallery in Stone.
:: Unit Twelve - based at Tixall Heath Farm, near Stafford.
:: Gallery@12 - a selling gallery located at Eccleshall (between Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent).
:: The Nicholson Institute Art Gallery - in Leek.
:: Buxton Museum and Art Gallery - in the nearby Peak District.
:: The Shire Hall Gallery - in Stafford town.
:: Congleton Museum.
:: St. John Street Gallery - in nearby Ashbourne.
:: Studio 61 - in nearby Derbyshire.
There are also other spaces sometimes used as galleries to show new work by artists, such as at Staffordshire University, and theatre foyers such as at the New Vic.
MANAGED STUDIO SPACES & CREATIVE CLUSTERS:
:: Burslem School of Art. Contact Cath at the School to be put on the waiting list for managed studios in the School. 34 start-up business units are also to be released in the town centre in 2005/6. Further live/work studio & work/retail space for creatives and artists are being developed in the town by Touchstone.
:: Burslem Live/Work - live/work units and retail in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.
:: Groundwork Enterprise Centre, Burslem.
Near the University:
:: Shelton Enterprise Centre, Stoke-on-Trent. 90 managed workshops and offices for all kinds of small businesses. Offers "easy in, easy out" letting arrangements, central reception, 24-hour access, and a conference room. Near to the University and mainline rail station.
:: Staffordshire University Creative Village on the College Road campus, Stoke-on-Trent. The open plan workshop opened in 2006, and is sub-divided into areas with workbenches, seating, storage, and broadband. Located on the Stoke-on-Trent campus, and conveniently near the train station.
:: Lonsdale Chambers & Victoria Chambers - business incubation complex for start-up IT and office-based companies.
Newcastle-under-Lyme and Keele:
:: Lymedale Court Enterprise Centre - offices available for monthy lettings - 160 and 320 sq ft
:: Silverdale Enterprise Centre - mixed office and workshop space.
:: Keele University Science Park may be suitable for larger creative businesses with a high technology base and significant R&D needs.
:: The Roslyn Works. A 32-studio crafts complex, based in a Grade II listed building in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.
Many parts of Stoke-on-Trent abound in affordable substantial Victorian warehouse/school/church/library/etc. buildings, often empty. Burslem & Stoke town and into Boothen are good hunting areas. Or you could look further afield to the more expensive towns of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Leek. Take your pick and make a formal approach to the owner; they may be glad to have it occupied on a short-let & for a nominal rent! That will enable you to "try before you buy", and give you time to detect any problems and pitfalls.
Those in the countryside surrounding Stoke-on-Trent may benefit from various 'Redundant Building Grant Schemes', if you want to renovate an old building such as a barn for use as studios, a gallery, an arts training centre, or offices.
:: The Midlands Federation of Museums and Art Galleries may also be able to give advice on starting a gallery or museum.
EVENT VENUES, suitable for arts & design events:
:: Trentham Gardens - beautiful parkland, gardens, pagodas and lakes, in the south of Stoke-on-Trent. An excellent site for a crafts and outdoor arts event, and they annually stage a quilting festival.
:: The new �10m Wedgwood Museum has a new (2009) on-site conference suite at Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent. The 1930 sq.ft. events space can be used as a conference suite or a private dining area, and can take up to 150 people in 'theatre style'.
:: King's Halls & Jubilee Halls - Stoke City Council's evocative & lofty Empire-era meeting halls, a short walk from Stoke's main inter-city train station.
:: Stoke Film Theatre - a modern 212-seat purpose-built art cinema, just around the corner from Stoke's main train station. Good screening venue, and there are suitable follow-on meeting rooms on the first floor of the University Library, opposite. The cinema is open to the public; it's not just limited to University students.
:: Moat House Hotel - a modern four-star hotel on Festival Park. The leading business conference centre in the city.
:: Keele University Conference Centre & Art Gallery.
:: Britannia Stadium - the brand-new football stadium for Stoke City FC. Has also hosted large music concerts, and the conference facilities often host smaller trade expos - such as 2002's two-day Digital Photography expo.
:: Burslem School of Art - friendly venue, classic building, in the middle of a historic town. Recently had a £1.2m refurbishment. Has meeting rooms & large studios upstairs which are suitable for workshop events of up to 50 people.
:: Art on Board - Willowmoor Art Workshop is a 50ft narrow boat travelling around the North Staffordshire canal network.
:: The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley. Very good access for the disabled. Also has a medium-sized cinema & stage inside the building.
:: Alton Towers - Britain's biggest theme-park, located about 14 miles east of Stoke. The Park features 300 acres of wonderful landscaped gardens, too, which are totally untouched by the Theme Park. Alton Towers closes totally (including the gardens) during the Winter season.
:: Kibblestone International Scout Camp, near the town of Stone, just south of Stoke. A mixture of camping and indoor accommodation set in 82 acres, available for hire. Has many wooded glades. Suitable for role-playing groups, environmental artists, storytelling festivals, children's art/music camps, etc. Barnswood Scout Camp near Leek is a similar venue which can also be hired.
Other possible event venues include: Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Museum and Art Gallery; The Dudson Museum in Stoke-on-Trent; the Etruria Industrial Museum in Stoke-on-Trent; Hartshill Conference Centre; the new Visitor Centre at Westport Lakes in Stoke-on-Trent; Biddulph Grange; and The Shire Hall Gallery in Stafford town centre.