Events

Stoke Art Map 2017

7 & 14 October 2017

Stoke Town — Saturday 7 October
Hanley — Saturday 14 October

After the success of last years’ Stoke Art Map the organisations behind the event, ACAVA (Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Arts) and AirSpace Gallery, are making it happen again this year, taking place on Sat 7th October in Stoke town, and Sat 14th October in Hanley city centre.

Last year, the Art Map focused on the town of Stoke, celebrating the opening of 43 new ACAVA artist’s studios at Spode Works, the opening of the beautiful Spode Rose Garden and showcasing and partnering with creative spaces around the town.

This year the mapping continues, and creative venues in both Stoke and Hanley open their doors for you to come and experience live music, food, clay, art, creative family activity within the city of Stoke-on-Trent; helping to showcase creative spaces over two captivating, fun – filled events!

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Ben Eastop, ACAVA
beastop@acava.org /07 811 824 165

 

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Stoke Town—Sat 7 October

1. ACAVA Studios: Spode Works Spode Works, Elenora Street, ST4 1QQ
– access also via China Hall, Kingsway
12 – 6pm Sat 7 Oct and 12 – 4pm Sun 8 Oct


2. Access Radio Throughout the day, various places in Stoke
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3. Art Stop Stoke 108 Church Street, ST4 1BU
12 – 4pm


4. B Arts China Hall, Spode Works, Kingsway, ST4 1JH
7.30pm – 9.30pm


5. British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) China Hall, Kingsway, via The Spode Garden, ST4 1JH
Tue – Sat 10 – 5pm, Sun 12 – 4pm


6. Majestic Studios South Wolfe Street, ST4 4AB
3 – 7pm

7. Pilgrims Pit 114 Church Street, ST4 1BU
9pm – 2am

8. Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre Spode Works, Elenora Street, ST4 1QQ
10.30am – 4pm

9. The Spode Rose Garden (Air Space Gallery & Friends of Spode Rose Garden)
Spode Works, Kingsway, ST4 1JH
2—6pm


10 . Valentines Curious Closet 65 Church Street ST4 1DQ
10am – 5.30pm

11. Hulton Art Pottery Spode Works, Elenora Street, ST4 1QQ
Sun 8th (11—2pm)


12. I Wis Framed 5 Liverpool Rd, ST4 1AR
7 and 14 Oct 9am—2pm


13. Bread In Common (B—arts) China Hall, Spode Works, Kingsway, ST4 1JH
Tue—Sat (10—5pm) & Sun (12—4pm)


14. Restoke China Hall, Spode Works, Kingsway, ST4 1JH
23 Sept— 5 Nov, Tue—Sat (10—5) & Sun (12—4)


15. Gallery 116 116 Church St, ST4 1BU
3 —7 October: 10—3pm

 

Hanley—Sat 14 October

1. AirSpace Gallery 4 Broad Street, Hanley, ST1 4HL
11 – 6pm

2. The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery Bethesda Street, Hanley, ST1 3DW 11am

3. The Last Bus – Art City Event Birch Terrace, ST1 3JN
14 Oct—10am – 4pm
14 Oct—Ticketed activity 6.30 – 8.30pm
15 Oct—11am – 4pm

4. British ceramics Biennial (BCB) – Bethesda Chapel
Albion Street, Hanley, ST1 1QF
Tue – Sat 10 – 5pm, Sun 12 – 4pm
Free Workshop: (12 – 2pm)

5. Present Workshops 51 – 53 Piccadilly, Hanley, ST1 1HR
This is a selection of arts activity across the towns of Stoke – upon – Trent and Hanley. As the second Stoke Art Map Event, the organisers are looking to make this an annual celebration of arts and culture in the city. If you are interested in being included in the Stoke Art Map in future years, then do get in touch with Ben Eastop (beastop@acava.org) or Anna Francis (amf@airspacegallery.org). In future years we hope to spread the Stoke Art Map Events across the whole city.

 

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Open Studios 2017

7/8 October

All welcome to this year’s Acava Open Studios. Acava Studios : Spode Works open their doors on the weekend 7/8 September.

Acava Studios : Spode Works
7 oct 12–9pm (Reception 6–9pm)
8 oct 12–6pm

 

 

Open Studios

9 April 2017, 11am–4pm

A selection of studios welcome members of the public to come and see their work. Some studios will hold demonstrations and workshops for people to take part in.

The 43 studios at ACAVA Studios: Spode Works have been quickly taken up – now 90 per cent full – and are already making a valuable contribution to the development of Spode site into a cultural centre for creative industries, revitalising Stoke town. The studios are now home to painters, ceramicists, textile and web designers, all benefiting from being part of a shared community of interests in this historic site.

Interested in a studio? Visit www.acava.org/studios/available-studios

To visit ACAVA Studios: Spode Works, Elenora Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1QQ – please report to security lodge on entry.

 

 

Interfuse student exhibition

6, 8, 9 April 2017

6 April 5–8pm: Interfuse student exhibition preview
8, 9 April 11am–4pm: Interfuse exhibition open

Exhibition of work by Level 5 2nd year students from Staffordshire University – a diverse range of practices and media, including video, sculpture, painting, installation and expanded drawing, to create a vibrant and thought-provoking show. The artists’ work includes personal questions to current affairs – people are invited to explore and interpret the exhibition and draw their own conclusions. (Open to friends, family, and the public).

+ Info: https://www.facebook.com/Interfuse-1886670494941128

 

 

Art Lunch with Chris Reader

6 April 2017, 11am–2pm

Art Lunch with Chris Reader in Studio 33 at Acava Studios: Spode Works.

As with all Art Lunch events, some basic refreshments are provided but we believe in the spirit of bring & share!

Book a place

 

 

Artists’ Networking

4 April 2017, 12pm & 7pm

Local artists and creative businesses from Stoke town are invited to the studios to meet and talk. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served.

Image: Rachel Hoyle in Sabrina Vasulka’s studio
Photo: Mark Scott

 

 

Acava Studios: Spode Works for Stoke as UK City of Culture 2021

3–9 April 2017

Artists and makers at ACAVA Studios: Spode Works are gearing up for the Spring with an open day on Sunday 9 April 11am–4pm, highlighting a week of activities to promote the studios as part of Stoke’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021. All welcome!

Activities during the week include artists’ networking events, studio visits, exhibitions, and open studios.


4 April 12pm, 7pm

Artists’ networking

Local artists and creative businesses from Stoke town are invited to the studios to meet and talk. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served.

Sabrina Vasulka in studio (small)- credit Mark Scott
Rachel Hoyle in Sabrina Vasulka’s studio
Photo: Mark Scott


6 April 11am–2pm

Art Lunch with Chris Reader in Studio 33

As with all Art Lunch events, some basic refreshments are provided but we believe in the spirit of bring & share!

Book a place: http://bit.ly/2nqSWxL


6 April 5–8pm

Interfuse student exhibition preview

8, 9 April 11am–4pm
Interfuse exhibition open

Exhibition of work by Level 5 2nd year students from Staffordshire University – a diverse range of practices and media, including video, sculpture, painting, installation and expanded drawing, to create a vibrant and thought-provoking show. The artists’ work includes personal questions to current affairs – people are invited to explore and interpret the exhibition and draw their own conclusions. (Open to friends, family, and the public).

+ Info: https://www.facebook.com/Interfuse-1886670494941128

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9 April 11am–4pm

Open Studios at Acava Studios: Spode Works

A selection of studios welcome members of the public to come and see their work. Some studios will hold demonstrations and workshops for people to take part in.

Artists in studio (small)

To visit ACAVA Studios: Spode Works, Elenora Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 1QQ – please report to security lodge on entry.
The 43 studios at ACAVA Studios: Spode Works have been quickly taken up – now 90 per cent full – and are already making a valuable contribution to the development of Spode site into a cultural centre for creative industries, revitalising Stoke town. The studios are now home to painters, ceramicists, textile and web designers, all benefiting from being part of a shared community of interests in this historic site.

Interested in a studio? Visit www.acava.org/studios/available-studios

Large studio (small)

 

 

New film Re-Stoked, Stoke’s artistic revival

5 March 2017

Re-Stoked, Stoke’s artistic revival is a new documentary by Keele University students Sammy Chadwick, Karen YL Chen, Carla Dobson-Perez and James Redgrove. Featuring Acava Studios: Spode Works and some of its resident artists like Frederick Phillips Art and Design by Weather.

Directed by
Sammy Chadwick
Karen YL Chen
Carla Dobson-Perez
James Redgrove

Edited by
Sammy Chadwick
Carla Dobson-Perez

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Stoke-on-Trent Artist at Work, an exhibition by artist in residence Nicola Winstanley

10–24 February 2017
Stoke-on-Trent Artist at Work, an exhibition by artist in residence Nicola Winstanley

Nicola Winstanley has worked for 159 hours as the resident artist at ACAVA Studios: Spode Works, and now invites you to an exhibition of her findings.

Nicola’s 3-month residency has been organised in a partnership between ACAVA and Airspace Gallery, funded by Arts Council England, and aims to be the first of a series of residencies documenting Spode Works and the changing nature of creative work.

From the #sotaaw Artists Census Day – where the hashtag used by Nicola throughout her residency was put to use to help catalogue the entire number of local artists working and using social media on a given day – to her mapping of the cultural landscape of Stoke, this exhibition asks you to consider the value and impact of creative labour in the town and the city of Stoke, in what feels like a pivotal moment in its cultural history.

Preview 10 February 6-9pm
Show open 11-24 February, Wed-Sat 1-4pm or by appointment
Artist’s Talk 22 February 12.30–2pm

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Nicola Winstanley’s residency and exhibition

Oct 2016 – Jan 2017
Nicola Winstanley's residency and exhibition at Acava Studios Spode Works

Nicola Winstanley has been selected by Acava and AirSpace to carry out a 3 month residency at Acava Studios Spode Works. Her residency focuses on the impact of the new studios on the town of Stoke and the value of creative labour in a changing city.

The residency will conclude with an exhibition at Acava Studios Spode Works in January and is being documented by the hour using the hashtag #stokeartistatwork on Twitter. Nicola is blogging throughout her residency and her thoughts and actions can be found on her personal website.

Nicola Winstanley's residency and exhibition at Acava Studios Spode Works

Top image: Nicola experimenting with print with demonstrator Cynny Saddington (right) in the Spode Works visitors centre.

Bottom image: Nicola finishing up two painted tiles in the subject of passing on traditional skills at Spode Works.

 

 

Dust Exhibition

11–25 November 2016
Dust exhibition Stoke

We’re happy to announce the next iteration of the Dust exhibition, at the Acava Studios Spode Works at Spode, in Stoke town.

‘Dust’ is a local touring exhibition curated by Joyce Iwaszko (AirSpace Studios) and Andy Cooke (Weather), an exhibition taking inspiration from the Stoke-on-Trent’s City of Culture 2021 bid. The purpose of the exhibition is to inform, inspire, highlight and promote the bid to a wider audience across Stoke-on-Trent.

A collaborative/curatorial exhibition concept derived from a joint fascination of colour, and hope for the future of the Stoke-on-Trent as the City of Culture 2021.Joyce was inspired to create an installation of paintings and ceramics in response to the beautiful use of colour on the promotional artwork for the bid. The installation also references Wedgwood’s Jasperware, creating a dialogue across colour, surface and time. Joyce’s practice is focussed on the exploration of materials such as clay, cement, ceramic pigment (DUST) and paint, with the aim to converge histories and a sense of place.

The launch exhibition was held at the Upstairs Gallery, Piccadily, Hanley and consisted of Andy Cooke’s hand painted typographic signs and beautiful graphic design promotional work for the bid, along with Joyce Iwaszko’s installation of paintings and ceramic pieces (recently shown at AirSpace Gallery). The upcoming exhibitions will include 12 selected artists (this includes Joyce and Andy) who will be asked to respond and take inspiration from of the colours used in the bid and interpret this in their own way. As the bid is promoted through the towns a call for further artists to take part will be announced, with a culminating final exhibition of 20+ artists.

The palette for the design identity for the bid plays a big part in it — conceptually it’s drawn from the garnet and gold of the Staffordshire Hoard (and from the city’s Cultural Quarter brand identity), along with blues and greens inspired by the River Trent itself and Stoke-on-Trent’s Green City status.

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Check the event’s page on Facebook

 

 


Spode Launch for Stoke Arts and Open Studios

24/25 September 2016

Acava Spode Studios Launch for Stoke Arts on 24th September 2016

A celebration event to launch the 43 new ACAVA Studios at Spode Works will take place on Saturday 24 September. The event will also celebrate the completion of the Spode Rose Garden, by Airspace Gallery, and will be a first for the Stoke Art Map listing activities by other arts organisations in Stoke’s burgeoning art scene participating on the day.

The event will launch a three-month artist’s residency with Nicola Winstanley at Spode Works, based at ACAVA Studios, where the artist will carry out a ‘creative mapping’ of emergent arts initiatives in Stoke-on-Trent – capturing the moment in the revitalisation of the town. Nicola will help to produce a participatory artwork involving local people and creative workers, using printing techniques that reference ceramic printing pioneered at Spode.

The residency will open a longer-term arts programme based at Spode exploring the nature of ‘work’, with a series of artists’ commissions and residencies responding to the historic Spode site, reflecting on the nature of creative work and Spode’s changing role in the regeneration of Stoke.

Saturday 24 September | 12–9pm
12.30pm – opening of the Spode Rose Garden with Cllr. Ali Brown
1.15pm – opening of ACAVA Studios : Spode Works with Cllr. Ali Brown
Followed by events at the ACAVA Studios and throughout Stoke-on-Trent and (details to follow on the Stoke Art Map)

Saturday and Sunday 24/25 September | 12–6pm
ACAVA Studios : Spode Works – Open Studios

ACAVA Studios : Spode Works
Elenora Street
Stoke on Trent ST4 1QQ

Spode Rose Garden
Kingsway
Stoke on Trent ST4

Download the Stoke Art Map as a PDF.

Listen to Stoke Art Map – The Story Behind the Map, an audio piece by Steve Perry recorded during the launch:

 

 

Open Day

17 May 2016
Acava Studios Spode Works: building exterior

Artists and creative practitioners and businesses are invited to take a look inside these great facilities and find out more about this amazing opportunity. Hear from artists currently occupying studios alongside the Artistic Director of ACAVA, Duncan Smith, outline the benefits of becoming a member of ACAVA and becoming part of this new venture.
The studios will form part the City Council’s ambitious vision to build a thriving creative community within the historic buildings of the former Spode site, including galleries, an exhibition space and other creative uses.
Studios will cost £7.75psf/annum, inclusive of rates, utilities and all other costs except electricity which will be metered.
There is an £8 monthly membership charge. All studios have WiFi and 24/7 access.

Open Day and studios viewing: Tuesday 17 May from 12.00 – 7.00pm
Guided tour: 5.30pm.
Spode Works, Elenora Street, Stoke on Trent ST4 1QQ (report to security lodge by Elenora Street entrance)

To apply for one of the studios you will need to join ACAVA as an Associate Member. Once signed up you can make an application for a specific studio.

For further information contact Lucy Kennedy Martin at lkmartin@acava.org or tel: 020 8960 5015