B arts
Working creatively for change since 1985

Programme new

Our programme has four areas: Strategic Projects, Outdoor Arts, Grassroots Festivals, Creative Enterprise

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1. Strategic Projects

In this work we create a number of projects that deliver B arts strategic objectives; which are broadly to break down barriers between people and the arts, and to build the arts sector in Stoke on Trent and North Staffordshire.

Bread in Common: Our community bakery and arts café is a front door and gateway to participation in the arts for diverse and least engaged communities. It provides volunteering and employment opportunities for both artists and non-artists. Associated projects include:

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Rise: A community development project we aim to deliver through the bakery to engage with our target beneficiaries; isolated migrant communities and local settled residents.

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Little School of Improbable Cooking: a cooking and creative writing project for children and parents focusing on healthy eating and holiday hunger.

Common People: Our talent development programme equips diverse local artists and producers to maximise on artist opportunities and build the skills of our associate artists.

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Artcity: A five-year arts programme, involving a consortium of local arts organisations, that aims to make our city a more interesting place to live and work, with artworks and events in spaces that are otherwise left un-occupied.

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2. Outdoor arts

In this work we create site-specific performance events for the general public following intensive periods of engagement and co-production with artists and communities. 

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3. Grassroots festivals

In this work we create an annual grass roots BAME-led arts and culture festival for the city, programmed by the diverse communities that make Stoke-on-Trent

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Stoke 100: A new grass roots BAME-led arts and culture festival for Stoke-on-Trent. The first festival took place in March 201, Stoke 100 Kites Festival in Hanley Park inspired by Basant & Holi festivals bringing colour, music, puppets, dance and a load of kites.

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4. Creative enterprise

In this work we focus on projects that contribute to our broad strategic aims and involve research and creative development, supporting new grassroots initiatives, developing partnerships, community links and supporting creative industry. Projects include:

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Adventures in Words: a children’s literature festival

Common Space: Stoke’s hub for arts, culture and creativity

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Etruria Canals Festival: The annual Etruria Canals Festival is held at Etruria Industrial Museum in the heart of the Potteries. B arts coordinates the event and provision of artistic content

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Forest of Dreams: an immersive theatre piece set in an imaginary temporary refugee camp in the woods somewhere in Europe, next showing at 2019 Timber Festival

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Lanterns in the Valley: A community lantern event created with the people of Fegg Hayes, Chell and Chell Heath, in partnership with Fegg Hayes Futures.

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The Lost Post Office: a show set in a Christmas grotto with lights, shadows, performance, surprises and a story. Exploring what happens to all of the misplaced letters and messages sent to Santa that never made it.

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Movie Mavericks: An annual film festival and series of pop-up film events.

Refugee Stories: A show devised and performed by a mixed group of professional artists and refugees living in Stoke-On-Trent exploring issues around displacement and human rights in a way that is accessible for children aged 9-13.

Silverdale Lanterns: A community celebration of the heritage of Silverdale pit.

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Paper Peace: A national arts and heritage programme for young producers aged 18-25 years.

Shugborough Lanterns: An annual series of family lantern-making workshops and three lantern parades for visitors and local communities around Shugborough Hall, a historic estate and house recently transferred to the National Trust.

Young People's Documentary: A creative documentary making project working with young people (11-16) to learn new skills.

3S Recipes: Pan-European research project involving B Arts as a Principal Researcher, on the theme of 'liveability' and creative solutions for 'Shrinking Cities', in partnership with Oxford University and the University of Birmingham.