B Arts are artists and producers based in North Staffordshire.
We have been here since 1985 co-creating work with communities in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme, the West Midlands and with partners across the world.
Our work takes place in parks, city streets, village halls and beaches as opposed to traditional cultural venues and fuses art-forms such as theatre, film, digital media, live music and carnival arts. See our Outdoor Arts programme for more details.
We frequently develop work with communities marginalised in society. In the past we have with jobless young people, asylum seekers and refugees, gypsy and travellers. Currently our work is focused around the Artcity initiative; site-specific events and performance; and working towards a community-supported real bread bakery in Stoke-on-Trent.
We work with non-arts partners to embed and sustain the creative work we undertake in wider initiatives.
We’ve created work for a huge number of organisations from many different sectors over the past twenty-five years. Here are some of our clients over the past five years:
Festivals and Events
Stoke Your Fires Film Festival – Etruria Canals Festival – Stoke Pride – Festival Stoke – Stoke Olympic Torch Relay Celebrations
Stoke City Council – Newcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council – Bury Metropolitan Borough Council – Argyle & Bute District Council – Staffordshire County Council – Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Public and Third Sector
Burslem Jubilee Project – Stoke-on-Trent Libraries – Sanctuary Housing – My Community Matters – Wyre Community Land Trust – Connexions – Sure Start Newcastle – Renew North Staffordshire – British Waterways – North Lichfield Partnership – Groundwork – Beth Johnson Housing Association – Mind
Staffordshire University – Keele University – Oxford University – Birmingham University Partners In Creative Learning – Newcastle Childrens Centre – Heathfield Special School – Newcastle College – George Salter Academy West Bromwich – Merit Pupil Referral Unit Stoke-on-Trent
Miroir Vagabond – Les Freres Poussieres – Aseema Trust – AFUK Copenhagen – Kongsskogen Oslo – Artistania Berlin
Photo: Hilary Hughes