Stories for the Living City

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Stories for the Living City

Get crafty, creative and share YOUR Stokie stories!

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Stories for the Living City

Come along to Stories for the Living City – where you can share YOUR story.  

Everyone from Stoke-on-Trent has a tale to be told and we can’t wait to hear yours!   

Come along to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery from 12pm to 3.30pm on Saturday 2 December for a joy-filled afternoon of Stokie storytelling and creation with local artists and YOU to help inspire and grow the Living Heritage City Trail by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.   

  • Tell your tale and make your own six-line story with Shahid Iqbal Khan (Punjab to the Potteries)
  • Be a photographer for the afternoon and explore your city through a lens with Nat Willatt  (Union, Picturing High Streets)
  • The creative power is in your hands! Create your very own character with Kidda Kinsey (illustrator of the trail map!)
  • Create a portrait guided by artist Daby Daby Obiechefu (TRIBES, Featured 23)
  • Share ideas and inspiration of what you’d like to see next from Appetite in the City Centre 

What is the Living Heritage City Trail?

The Living Heritage City Trail is a taster of the Living Heritage City project (launching in March 2025) that will connect the archives and collections of our museums to buildings and communities in Stoke and Hanley.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council will aim to work in partnership with local communities along the route and will consult and create with users, organisations and partners to showcase the rich stories and significant heritage of the city.

Read more about the Living Heritage City Trail on the Stoke-on-Trent City Council website.

Getting there & Access

The nearest pay and display car park is John Street car park (ST1 3BP).

The museum is a short walk from Hanley Bus Station, or a 20 minute walk / 12 minute bus journey from Stoke Train Station.

We recommend blue badge holders use spaces in Albion Street (ST1 1QF), where there is a disabled bay and on-street bays which are free to badge holders. There are also bays in Bethesda Street (ST1 3BP).

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is a step-free site and is fully wheelchair and push chair accessible. Assistance dogs are also welcome.

 

 

General information about the event can be found in Easy Read format available here in Word or Pdf.

Want to know what else is going on?

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Getting there

The nearest pay and display car park is John Street car park (ST1 3BP).

The museum is a short walk from Hanley Bus Station, or a 20 minute walk / 12 minute bus journey from Stoke Train Station.

We recommend blue badge holders use spaces in Albion Street (ST1 1QF), where there is a disabled bay and on-street bays which are free to badge holders. There are also bays in Bethesda Street (ST1 3BP) and outside Smithfield works (opposite Tesco).

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Punjab to the Potteries: Photography Workshop

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Punjab to the Potteries: Photography Workshop

Make your own mini portrait and find out the fascinating techniques behind the Punjab to the Potteries exhibition at Chapters Cafe!

As part of the Punjab to The Potteries project, photographic artist Sam Ivin created 23 portraits of the people who contributed their experiences as part of the research. During the process of taking the portraits, Sam took a keen interest in the sitter’s individual stories and used his conversations with them as the basis for the decorations that he hand painted onto each print. Tailored to each individual, they include colourful patterns and symbols inspired by Sikh images and Punjabi fashion.

During this session, Sam will outline his time as a photographer, and the journey from documenting stories of migration in Settling to the Punjab to the Potteries project.

The workshop will discuss different types of portraiture and set practical challenges to take some yourself. You will then print your images and decorate them.

You don’t need to bring any equipment to join the workshop; you can chose to use your phone or a compact camera provided by Sam. PLUS, Sam is offering to troubleshoot one of your own photos! Simply email it along with your query to askus@appetite.org.uk by Friday 20 November and he will go over it with you during the workshop. N.B. you must be happy to share the image in front of the group.


More in the series

If you are interested in this event, why not check out the other events in the Punjab to the Potteries series?

Friday 17 November: Conversation and Q&A session with members of the project team covering concept, production, community engagement and next steps.

You can also see the Punjab to the Potteries exhibition in Chapters Café until 25 November.

If you’d like future updates about Punjab to the Potteries direct to your inbox, email askus@appetite.org.uk or answer ‘Yes’ to the question when booking your ticket on Eventbrite.


Getting there

Parking is free on campus after 5pm every day during the week and all day on weekends. If you are planning on arriving before then, there is a small pay and display car park on Union Square but please note this does become very busy.

Access Chapters Cafe is fully accessible. There are a number of disabled parking bays in close proximity on Union Square car park. There is ramped and flat access from the car park to Chapters Cafe.


Want to know what else is going on?

Visit the What’s On page for events and go to Get Involved for more opportunities. For regular updates, why not subscribe to our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook @appetite.stoke, Instagram @appetite_stoke, and X @appetitestoke.

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Getting there

Parking is free on campus after 5pm every day during the week and all day on weekends. If you wish to visit on a week day during the day there is a small pay and display car park on Union Square but please note this does become very busy.

Access Chapters Cafe is fully accessible. There are a number of disabled parking bays in close proximity on Union Square car park. There is ramped and flat access from the car park to Chapters Cafe.

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Chapters Cafe, Keele University
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Punjab to the Potteries: Conversation + Q&A

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Punjab to the Potteries: Conversation + Q&A

Come along to Chapter’s Cafe, Keele University this Friday 17 November, 6-9pm, and let’s share some great ideas! Join us for the second event in our Punjab to the Potteries at Keele creative series as we explore the evolution of the project so far from one family’s photo collection to two new short plays and a LOT of new friendships!

Plus, give us your ideas for what exciting new directions we can take Punjab to the Potteries in next!

On the evening you will hear from four project members with unique roles, challenges and perspectives:

Gemma Thomas: Gemma is the director of Appetite who, in conjunction with their lead organisation, New Vic Theatre, commissioned the two new plays

Rasandeep Singh Devgon: as an Appetite Community Co-ordinator, Ras worked on spreading awareness throughout the local South Asian community

Valdev Bansal: the original concept of Punjab to the Potteries was Val’s, thanks to some old family photos

Filiz Ozcan: Filiz cast and directed the play readings

If you want to find out how to develop your creative project from concept to completion, come along and pick the brains of members of the team.


More in the series

If you are interested in this event, why not check out the other events in the Punjab to the Potteries series?

Monday 20 November: Photography workshop with photographic artist Sam Ivin

You can also see the Punjab to the Potteries exhibition in Chapters Café until 25 November.

If you’d like future updates about Punjab to the Potteries direct to your inbox, email askus@appetite.org.uk or answer ‘Yes’ to the question when booking your ticket on Eventbrite.


Getting there

Parking is free on campus after 5pm every day during the week and all day on weekends. If you are planning on arriving before then, there is a small pay and display car park on Union Square but please note this does become very busy.

Access Chapters Cafe is fully accessible. There are a number of disabled parking bays in close proximity on Union Square car park. There is ramped and flat access from the car park to Chapters Cafe.


Want to know what else is going on?

Visit the What’s On page for events and go to Get Involved for more opportunities. For regular updates, why not subscribe to our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook @appetite.stoke, Instagram @appetite_stoke, and X @appetitestoke.

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Getting there

Parking is free on campus after 5pm every day during the week and all day on weekends. If you wish to visit on a week day during the day there is a small pay and display car park on Union Square but please note this does become very busy.

Access Chapters Cafe is fully accessible. There are a number of disabled parking bays in close proximity on Union Square car park. There is ramped and flat access from the car park to Chapters Cafe.

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Punjab to the Potteries: Writing Workshop with Sarah Bedi

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Punjab to the Potteries: Writing Workshop with Sarah Bedi

As part of the Punjab to The Potteries project, Playwright Sarah Bedi wrote the new short play When You Ask. Newly commissioned by Appetite and New Vic Theatre, the play is inspired by the stories of people in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Sarah now wants to share that experience to inspire others in their creative writing endeavours. Sarah will share not only the process of drawing on real stories to create something new, she will also talk about the profound connections she felt during her research.

During the practical part of the evening, Sarah will guide you through exercises and techniques that you can use during your own writing process.

We are sure that Sarah’s unique perspective will give you some excellent know-how to help you find and craft your next story.

Please note that this is an introductory workshop. There will be no finished piece of work completed ion the evening.


More in the series

If you are interested in this event, why not check out the other events in the Punjab to the Potteries series?

Friday 17 November: Conversation and Q&A session with members of the project team covering concept, production, community engagement and next steps

Monday 20 November: Photography workshop with photographic artist Sam Ivin

You can also see the Punjab to the Potteries exhibition in Chapters Café until 25 November.

If you’d like future updates about Punjab to the Potteries direct to your inbox, email askus@appetite.org.uk or answer ‘Yes’ to the question when booking your ticket on Eventbrite.


Getting there

Parking is free on campus after 5pm every day during the week and all day on weekends. If you are planning on arriving before then, there is a small pay and display car park on Union Square but please note this does become very busy.

Access Chapters Cafe is fully accessible. There are a number of disabled parking bays in close proximity on Union Square car park. There is ramped and flat access from the car park to Chapters Cafe.


Want to know what else is going on?

Visit the What’s On page for events and go to Get Involved for more opportunities. For regular updates, why not subscribe to our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook @appetite.stoke, Instagram @appetite_stoke, and X @appetitestoke.

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Getting there

Parking is free on campus after 5pm every day during the week and all day on weekends. If you wish to visit on a week day during the day there is a small pay and display car park on Union Square but please note this does become very busy.

Access Chapters Cafe is fully accessible. There are a number of disabled parking bays in close proximity on Union Square car park. There is ramped and flat access from the car park to Chapters Cafe.

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Punjab to the Potteries: An Exhibition at Keele University

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Punjab to the Potteries: An Exhibition at Keele University

Celebrating the people behind the stories that inspired two new plays

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Punjab to the Potteries: An Exhibition at Keele University

Did you know that the Punjab to the Potteries exhibition is on at Keele University? First shown at New Vic Theatre in the run up to the play reading event of two newly commissioned short plays, the exhibition is currently on show in Chapters Cafe.

Punjab to the Potteries is a joint project between Appetite and New Vic. Two playwrights with strong ties to the South Asian community – Shahid Iqbal Khan and Sarah Bedi – were each commissioned to create a new 30-minute plays. The plays were researched and influenced by the memories and stories of people who were either born in the Punjab and migrated to The Potteries, or whose family made the journey and were born here. The plays were read by a cast during a celebration event at the theatre on 12 August 2023, which was a sell-out success.

As part of the project, photographic artist Sam Ivin created 23 portraits of the people who contributed their experiences as part of the research. During the process of taking the portraits, Sam took a keen interest in the sitter’s individual stories and used his conversations with them as the basis for the decorations that he hand painted onto each print. Tailored to each individual, they include colourful patterns and symbols inspired by Sikh images and Punjabi fashion.

If you’re interested in Sam’s artform, you can join him in a free workshop at Keele University as part of a series of events showcasing the practical processes and personal experiences of bringing a project like Punjab to the Potteries to life.

Monday 13 November: Sarah Bedi talk and introduction to writing. Sarah will discuss her connection with the stories she was told and how she found the experience of creating something new from them. She will then give audience members som exercises and techniques to help them begin their own writing journey

Friday 17 November: Members of the Punjab to the Potteries team, Gemma Thomas (Appetite director), Rasandeep Devgon (community engagement), Val Bansal (project originator), and Filiz Ozcan (play director) discuss the project, followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Monday 20 November: Sam Ivin will give a brief introduction to his career as a photographic artist before taking audience members through practical exercises to capture portraits and work with the prints as art.

Booking by Eventbrite will be open soon so do please check back.


You can see the Punjab to the Potteries exhibition in Chapters Cafe until 25 November:
Monday – Friday: 7:30am – 6pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am – 4pm

Parking is free on campus after 5pm every day during the week and all day on weekends. If you wish to visit on a week day during the day there is a small pay and display car park on Union Square but please note this does become very busy.

Access Chapters Cafe is fully accessible. There are a number of disabled parking bays in close proximity on Union Square car park. There is ramped and flat access from the car park to Chapters Cafe. Chapters Cafe is a public cafe so it can become busy with customers during a weekday; if you prefer a quieter time to visit we suggest after 5pm on a weekday or going along on the weekend.

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Kidsgrove Canal Nature Recovery Walks

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Kidsgrove Canal Nature Recovery Walks

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Kidsgrove Canal Nature Recovery Walks

PLEASE NOTE: This walk has been rescheduled from 4 November.

 

From November to March, artist Anna Francis is hosting a series of walks and workshops that discover more about the canal at Kidsgrove and its human and non-human neighbours. She looks forward to connecting with Kidsgrove people to find out what they love about the canal and how they use it now.

On the first walk, Anna would also love people to join who would like to be ‘human noticeboards’. A human noticeboard is an organiser, practitioner, maker or leader who has something great going on in Kidsgrove who would like to spend two minutes telling the rest of the group about it. Walkers can then find out more along the walk.

Other walks will have a different focus, such as foraging or exploring the art trail that will be installed by Staffordshire University students in March.

The first (rescheduled) walk takes place on Saturday 11 November 2023, 11am – 1pm. Anna will meet walkers at the lodge at the northern entrance to the Harecastle Tunnel (on the canal behind Kidsgrove Memorial Garden, towards Kidsgrove train station).

All the walks are free to join and you can turn up on the day, although Anna is encouraging people to register in advance via Eventbrite so she has an idea of numbers.

To have updates for future walks sent straight to your inbox, or to let us know of any access requirements, email askus@appetite.org.uk.

If you have any queries for Anna, she can be contacted on a.m.francis@staffs.ac.uk

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Outside the lodge at the northern entrance to Harecastle Tunnel

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Show People of North Staffordshire Exhibition at New Vic Theatre

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Show People of North Staffordshire Exhibition at New Vic Theatre

Coloured photographs are displayed against a light wood effect wall. The wall curves around to the left so that the line of photographs disappears from view. Spotlights shine down of the photographs from above. Twp potographs hang against a light-coloured wood effect wall. The image on the left is in landscape format and shows a man in a blue jumper sitting at a desk in front of a fairground sign. The image on the right depicts a man standing behind some large pieces of fairground art of Robbie Williams, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Show People of North Staffordshire’ is a project created to collect stories and record history. Developed by The Philip Astley Project and supported by Appetite, the project’s ultimate aim is to build a lasting archive of the circus and fair scene of North Staffordshire.

The exhibition includes historical photography, and newly commissioned images showcasing the families and performers still living and working in the scene today. You will also find it fascinating to listen to the ‘oral histories‘ and insights from the show people you can see in the photos. And members of the community have been sharing their own memories of enjoying the fairs and shows over the years. Plus, a QR code will take you to a map of current and past circus and fairground sites.

The exhibition was originally shown in our Newcastle Common space, and included memorabilia and a series of films and talks. The hope is that the full exhibition will someday be on permanent display within the town centre. For now, there is a second opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of show people as the exhibition will be on display at New Vic Theatre until October 21st.

We encourage all visitors to help build the archive! Have you worked on the fun fair? Do you have childhood memories of the circus coming to town? Have we missed a location off the map? We’d love you to hear from you! Leave your comments in the box at the exhibition and help build the local history of showmen and women that began nearly 300 years ago.

Why is the history of show people important to North Staffs?

Born in Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1742, Philip Astley is considered the father of modern circus. He was a master equestrian, military hero, and showman. Astley developed the 42-foot diameter circus ring, still the standard size used in circus across the world.

The Philip Astley Project celebrates Astley in his home town and beyond. With support from National Lottery players and sponsorship from businesses and individuals in the Newcastle community, The Philip Astley Project works with local organisations to develop talks, exhibitions and events. In 2023, Astley’s Homecoming brought circus home to Newcastle Town Centre with a family day full of free circus entertainment and activities.

Keep up to date with the latest developments from the project on Facebook @PhilipAstleyProjects and Instagram: @philipastleyproject, or sign up to the Philip Astley Project newsletter.

If you haven’t seen it already, why not book tickets for Astley’s Astounding Adventures at New Vic Theatre, running until Saturday October 21st?

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The Big Feast 2023: Exhibitions & Workshops

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The Big Feast 2023: Exhibitions & Workshops

The Big Feast is Back!

We’ll be bringing the delicious mix of FREE* performance, music and dance back to the streets of the city centre (Hanley). Come along on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 August from 11am to 5pm and dig in! You can see the full line-up for both days and a map in our digital brochure.

What’s else can you see and do when visiting The Big Feast?

EXHIBITIONS

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

Ode to Nana by Kwanzaa Collective UK*| Free

Ode to Nana is a Kwanzaa Collective UK* exhibition by Jioni Warner in celebration of Windrush 75. It explores the ideas of legacy, struggle, and change. As the granddaughter of a woman who was part of the generation of Caribbean’s who answered Britain’s call for workers, this exhibition reflects on the British Caribbean experience placing Black women at the forefront!.

Dressing the Royals by Cosprop Costumeries | Tickets £5, concessions £3, children under 16’s free

This exhibition features costumes from film and TV spanning over 400 years of royal fashion, highlighting period styles from the 16th to the 20th century worn by kings and queens. The display will include a gown from ‘Elizabeth’ starring Cate Blanchett, ‘The Kings Speech’ and the Netflix series ‘The Crown’. The exhibition is supplemented with items from the museums own collection celebrating years of royal history and include the ceremonial robes of Lord and Lady Bagot worn to the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953.

Around the World in 80 Dolls by PMAG | Free

Inspired by the 150th anniversary of the publication in 1873 of the adventure novel, Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne, our family-friendly summer exhibition, explores the museum’s wonderful doll collection. The exhibition will showcase dolls collected by Mrs Elsie Maud Young who was the great grand-daughter of William Turner, one of the well-known Turner family pottery manufacturers in Staffordshire. She visited countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Caribbean and Americas, collecting a great number of souvenirs including dolls from each place she visited. Many of these dolls, dressed in their national costume or regional dress, form the basis of Elsie’s collection which the museum acquired in 1965. Around the World in 80 Dolls promises to be a treat for all ages!

Outdoor

Picturing High Streets by Historic England and Photoworks | Free

Since September 2022, people across England have been sharing their high street photos with Historic England on Instagram as part of Picturing High Streets, a project to celebrate and document the high street of today. The collection presents a snapshot of a year in the life of the English high street, documenting and celebrating the people, places and stories it holds.

Shop windows featuring 60 winning images are on display at Level 5 at The Potteries Centre and Lamb Street in the city centre, opening as part of Appetite’s festival The Big Feast Festival.

The exhibition will also feature Natalie Willatt’s images, developed with the local community as part of a photographic residency in Stoke.

Northen Soul All-Nighter at The Kings Hall by Natealie Willatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORKSHOPS

Friday 25 August

Circus Flavours presented by Upswing and New Vic Theatre | Free

Have you ever dreamt of joining the circus? Now you can! Watch daring acts performed by some of the UK’s most talented circus artists then have a go yourself in the workshop. Workshops are are taught on an aerial hoop and are suitable for ages 7+.

Bethesda Gardens  | 12.30 – 1.15pm & 2.45 – 3.30pm

Sunset Painting by Munyaradzi Nhananga | Free

Join Zimbabwean fine artist Munya and paint your very own Caribbean sunset in this fun painting workshop. No experience needed. All materials provided. Part of the LEGACY: A Windrush 75 Programme from Kwanzaa Collective UK*

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery |  2.30 – 4.30pm

Anansi Storytelling and Doll Making  by Diana Abankwah | Free

Immerse yourself in an interactive storytelling experience themed around one of the greatest folk heroes and tricksters from West African and Caribbean folklore: Anansi the Spider. The session also includes an upcycled doll-making workshop. No experience needed. All materials provided. Part of the LEGACY: A Windrush 75 Programme from Kwanzaa Collective UK*

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery |  2.30 – 4.30pm

Sunset Painting with Munya
Anansi Storytelling with Diana

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 26August

Carnival Arts Workshop  by Kwanzaa Collective UK* | Free

Join Kwanzaa Collective artists and Deb Rogers of the Cultural Sisters to make your own costume in this fun, family friendly Carnival Arts workshop. Then at 3pm join the LEGACY Parade with Kaya Caribbean Quenn from Fountain Square to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. Part of the LEGACY: A Windrush 75 Programme from Kwanzaa Collective UK*

Fountain Square | 11am – 1pm

Circus Flavours presented by Upswing and New Vic Theatre | Free

Have you ever dreamt of joining the circus? Now you can! Watch daring acts performed by some of the UK’s most talented circus artists then have a go yourself in the workshop. Workshops are are taught on an aerial hoop and are suitable for ages 7+.

Bethesda Gardens  | 11.45am – 12.39pm & 2.45 – 3.30pm

Circus Flavours workshop from Upswing- image credit Lidia Crisafulli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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All daytime performances are family friendly and wheelchair accessible.

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Featured – local art showcase and FREE creative activities

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Featured – local art showcase and FREE creative activities

Equinox by Mo Al-Daami
Head and shoulders portrait of a young woman with pinkish red and large yellow earrings facing forwards but looking to her right. The background is bright green and the whole thing is done in a painterly style.
Portrait by Ethan Lemon

Appetite and ArtsKeele present Featured 23. Featured is a collection of wonderful artworks created by artists from across Staffordshire and Shropshire and were all recently part of the Three Counties Exhibition 2023 on show at Burslem School of Art.

All the pieces on show as part of Featured are exhibition award winners and nominees, including first and second place in the Appetite Audience Choice Award, and includes a range of paintings, photography, collage and sculpture. The Audience Choice Award entries were nominated by Appetite’s Supper Club, our community decision-maker, and was awarded after a public vote.

Artist in Residence

One of the artists exhibiting as part of Featured is also our Artist in Residence, working in the space and creating work on site. Charné Visser is a South African artist who immigrated to the UK in 2019. Her work explores themes of identity and representation through portraiture, experimenting with composition, various painting mediums and applications. Charné will be working on a series of mixed media, expressive portraits as part of her residency. Sh will be your guide through the creative activities and is happy to chat about her work.

Free creative activities

Do YOU have what it takes to be one of the artists on display at the Featured exhibition? Of course you do! Come join in the activities with artist in residence, Charné, and show your creativity alongside artists from the Three Counties Exhibition. All the activities are free to join (donations welcome) and all materials will be provided. No experience necessary.

 

Community work of art

Charné invites you all to add your unique mark to a collaborative work of art: a large-scale portrait covering the walls created by visitors to the exhibition.
 
The theme of the piece is identity, because being creative together helps us see different view points and appreciate different stories.

 

Greetings card workshops

On Friday and Saturday each week you can join a workshop creating a greetings card to show someone you care. There are also activity sheets to colour created by artists.

 

Opening

Featured is on display in Newcastle Town Centre at Newcastle Common, 23 High Street, ST5 1QZ (Red Lion Square by the war memorial).

Join us every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am to 3pm, between the 9th and 30th September.

Impressionistic painting of wild flowers in a meadow. The background consists of strokes of green and blue moving up towards the right, and small, brightly coloured blobs depict the flowers.
Wild Flower Meadow by David Shiers
Screen print of a grey and black line drawing depicting the boundary of a former industrial area where a metal pallisade fence is being reclaimed by nature. Namely brambles and a Robin sitting in the forground
Brownfield by Tom Edwards

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The Big Feast 2023: Piccadilly Stage

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The Big Feast 2023: Piccadilly Stage

The Big Feast is Back!

We’ll be bringing the delicious mix of FREE* performance, music and dance back to the streets of the city centre (Hanley). Come along on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 August from 11am to 5pm and dig in! You can see the full line-up for both days and a map in our digital brochure. And don’t miss the exhibitions and workshops that you can enjoy too!

 

What’s #OnTheMenu for the Piccadilly Stage at The Big Feast?

Supersonic Kids Gig by Capsule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday 25 August

Local and Live by Kwanzaa Collective UK*| 11am – 12pm

After its success at this year’s Six Towns Carnival, Local and Live returns for The Big Feast. Join us between 11-12.30 for 90 minutes of pure joy.

Big Gay Disco Bike by Fatts Project| 12pm – 12.30pm

A feel-good, pop-up, big, gay disco performed with a bike!

Potteries Poet by Nick Degg | 12.45 – 1.15pm

Nick Degg is a published Potteries poet who performs all over the UK. He takes his subject matter from the mundanity of everyday life, but sprinkles it with love, compassion and big dollops of humour. He may even perform a poem without any words. The question is … will you hear it?

Supersonic Kids Gig by Capsule | 12 – 2.30pm

Big sounds for little people. And introduction to live experimental music.

Big Gay Disco Bike by Fatts Project| 3.30pm – 4pm

A feel-good, pop-up, big, gay disco performed with a bike!

PIPTV by Portland Inn Project | 4pm – 5pm

A brand new Neighbourhood TV Show written by and starring residents from the Portland Street community.

PIPTV by Portland Inn Project

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday 26 August

Connecting Communities by FRONTLINEdance | 11 – 11.15am & 3.20 – 3.25

FRONTLINEdance share a variety of joyful pop-up performances of dance, song, music and spoken word inspired by and co-created with the diverse community of Stoke-on-Trent.

You can also find them in Fountain Square | 12.05 – 12.20 & 1.20 – 1.25pm

Silent Choir by dDeaflinks | 11.25 – 11.55am

dDeaflinks Silent Choir was created to help fundraise for the charity. The choir is made up of profoundly deaf members. To ensure they follow the music, they are led by the only hearing choir member.

Capoeira Workshop with Mestre Piolho| 12.05 – 1pm

Try the vibrant and culturally rich art form developed in Brazil that’s also good for your heart, strength and flexibility

Indian Classical Dance by Dharshanodiyaa school of Bharathanatiyam | 1.10 – 1.40pm

By blending traditional dance with modern music, Dharshanodiyaa create a dynamic and engaging experience for the audience alive with cultural heritage. This fusion bridges the gap between the past and the present, offering a fresh perspective on a traditional art form.

Scratch Performances by ArtsHill Performers | 1.50 – 2.50pm

The B arts Volunteer Performer Group, ArtsHill, are really looking forward to presenting original sketches, performances, spoken word poetry, monologues and more! There is an Easy Read document for this performance.

Marimba Band by Otto and the Mutapa Calling | 3.30 – 5pm

Otto and the Mutapa Calling are a colourful marimba band playing energetic, joyful music from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana, including folk songs, original songs and popular southern African covers.

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FRONTLINEdance
Otto and the Mutapa Calling Marimba Band
Dharshanodiyaa school of Bharathanatiyam
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