Current Projects

Step Forwards
Is a year-long programme of activity funded by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts. Its aim is to transform the company’s programme in the run-up to becoming an Arts Council National Portfolio organisation from April 2018. There are three main elements:
PLAY (August 2017) An immersive theatre and gaming performance for children and families that took place in the former Blacks shop unit Stoke-on-Trent. You can read about it here.
Forest of Dreams (OCT-NOV 2017)
A theatre performance and three-course meal taking place afterhours at the 2017 British Ceramics Biennial. You can read more and book tickets here.
Independent Evaluation Framework – the development of new evaluation tool for the company in collaboration with Keele University.

Bread In Common at the BCB
B arts will again through its community bakery Bread In Common be running the cafe at the 2017 edition of the British Ceramics Biennial from 23 Sep – 5 Nov 2017. Tues-Sun we will be offering hot and cold drinks, meals and light bites, and the opportunity to buy our delicious real bread on Thu-Sat. There are lots of kids activities planned for half-term. More information here.

3S Recipes (2017-20)
A three-year research project with Oxford and Birmingham Universities and European partners in Le Havre, Utrecht, Porto, Lodz and Timisoara. The programme explores SMART strategies to combat shrinking cities and B arts is looking at the role of creative activity in this. More information here.

Ruskin Land (2017-9)
A two-year programme exploring Ruskin Land, the area of the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire cared for by Ruskin’s Guild of St George and managed by the Wyre Community Land Trust. B arts will be listening and collecting stories, memories, photographs and artefacts about the people who worked in and around the forest.
B arts will also create four seasonal events Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer to engage the local communities with the project and an exhibition of the work in 2018, leading up to the bicentenary of John Ruskin’s birth in 1819.