As part of Appetite’s work in the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme we now have developed lots of projects which have been delivered in Kidsgrove.
We have been working with a number of partners in the area to help create amazing opportunities and experiences. We’ve worked with our consortium partner Go Kidsgrove, Canal & River Trust and Realise and have worked closely with The Kings School.
Appetite and Canal & River Trust have worked together to develop a number of arts and cultural projects to better connect the Trent & Mersey Canal, town centre and train station:
Journeys by We are Culla
Journeys Kidsgrove is an outdoor project where a mural artwork was created for Kidsgrove around the theme of journeys in collaboration with the local community by We Are Culla and supported by Go Kidsgrove. We Are Culla sent out postcards during October 2021 asking residents for their thoughts on Kidsgrove. Using all the feedback and ideas, two designs were created and a second postcard was distributed for the community to vote on as well as online surveys. Your winner was painted by the We Are Culla team!
The Open Observatory by Rebecca Huxley
Rebecca Huxley created Riparian Ecologies with members of the public during the ‘The Open Observatory’ sessions at the start of 2022, focusing on wildlife and the environment. Members of the public could go along, have a chat with her, see what she’s discovered and created. Students from Kings School also attended ‘The Open Observatory’.
Letting in the Light by Kidsgrove Scavengers
Running from January to March 2022, community groups took part in workshops to create flags and claystacks, using things found in the area, which will be positioned on the canal to act as a welcome to people.
Appetite Taster Day at Victoria Hall
We were excited to host a free day packed with activities and performances taking place at the Victoria Hall in Kidsgrove, giving the people the opportunity to have a go at activities they hadn’t tried before and giving them a taste of what we do at Appetite.
Down The Rabbit Hole by Illuminos
Appetite and Canal & River Trust worked with story, projection and sound artists: Illuminos, who explored ideas connected to Harecastle Tunnel and worked with Kings School to create a stunning projection which was showcased at Harecastle Tunnel at our Down The Rabbit Hole event.
Listen and watch an audio description of the Down The Rabbit Hole event, taking place across two evenings in March 2023. Filming by PH Productions, audio description by Mo Pickering-Symes.
Canal image by Andrew Billington