Film premiere puts culture at Keele...

A film celebrating the lives of two of Britain’s most iconic post-war designers has been premiered at Keele University. The Back to the Drawing Board film is the culmination of a two-year project, exploring the lives and work of Pat Albeck and Peter Rice. After a series of events and...

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#​365daysofculture

What is it? Stoke-on-Trent is bidding for City of Culture 2021, and as we enter 2017, we know that all content generated on social media, and via other outlets will be scrutinised by the judging panels, as they decide, first who to shortlist for the award, and eventually, who should...

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And we’re off… UK City of Culture...

The competition to become UK City of Culture in 2021 has now officially opened. The announcement means that we now know the exact criteria of what our entry will be judged on, the full bidding process and also the key dates for our submission. Stoke-on-Trent City Council leader Dave Conway...

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City’s boost to cultural and...

Stoke-on-Trent’s cultural credentials have been given a £300,000 injection thanks to national funding, at a time when the city is bidding to become the UK City of Culture in 2021. The investment comes from Arts Council England’s Cultural Destinations programme which aims to help arts and cultural organisations increase their...

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Sculptural tribute to city’s...

A new sculpture celebrating the lives of the city’s former pottery workers has been unveiled in Burslem School of Art.The ‘Pottery Workers Memorial’, designed and produced by local artists Philip Hardaker and Andy Edwards, can be found in the historic building’s reception and recognises the creatives that made Stoke-on-Trent a...

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Stoke-on-Trent’s UK City of Culture...

Stoke-on-Trent has been given a huge boost in its mission to achieve City of Culture status after securing the backing of two experts in the field. Keith Blundell, director of Blue Chip Tourism, and experienced facilitator Kirsty Connell have joined forces to support the city’s bid for 2021. Blue Chip...

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Calling all artists! Show your...

Potteries artists, musicians, authors and painters are being urged to come together for one special day - to chronicle the daily lives of culture vultures in Stoke-on-Trent. Artist Nicola Winstanley - part of the art collaboration Winstanley and Nadin - has organsied the Artist Census Day on Tuesday 22 November...

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​New exhibition shines a spotlight...

A new exhibition at Keele University celebrates the remarkable creative lives of Pat Albeck and Peter Rice. ‘Back to the Drawing Board’ honours six prolific decades of innovative and inventive art and design from Pat Albeck and Peter Rice. Pat Albeck is one of the leading designers in modern Britain...

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Fred Hughes - Personally Speaking:...

Over the years, I've campaigned to protect many buildings and objects of cultural heritage which I've considered to be representative of North Staffordshire. Intriguingly, in equal measure, I've been praised and criticised for doing this, and censured for not doing it. I suppose the message is, what one applauds as...

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Paul Williams - Personally...

This week a number of the culture bid team travelled to Liverpool for a 'magical mystery tour' with a difference. The city's widely acknowledged as one of the most successful European Capitals of Culture and the visit helped with the learning journey we're taking. As well as touring around some...

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'Thinking with our hands' - Stoke's...

Did you manage to catch the fantastic piece BBC reporter Nick Higham did on our City of Culture 2021 bid back in July? Don’t worry if you missed it, you can see it again here… You can also read Nick’s article for the BBC called ‘Could Stoke be City of...

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Model Spitfire to become...

A replica of the iconic Spitfire is set to greet millions of drivers on the M6 in Stoke-on-Trent. The model plane could be installed at Junction 15 as part of Stoke-on-Trent's bid to be named UK City of Culture for 2021. And it is hoped the Spitfire – designed by...

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Golden sculpture lights up the sky

A 21-metre high sculpture featuring more than 1,500 hand-blown glass prisms will illuminate the sky from Friday 4 November as it is lit up for the first time. Taller than the Angel of the North, the corten steel artwork – named Golden – was designed by award-winning artist Wolfgang Buttress...

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Five Reasons to Visit...

A few weeks back I headed to Kingston-Upon-Hull to see why it has been named the UK's City of Culture for 2017. While there I just happened to get talking to a representative from another tourist board about how much I love discovering the awesomeness of the most underrated of...

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Sports stars become ambassadors for...

Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell will explain how he discovered a passion for abstract art at a unique exhibition involving high performance sports stars and acclaimed artists. The former British sprinter will unveil – for the first time – a painting he collaborated on with late international artist Philippe Aird...

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Plans for museum and library revamp...

Multi-million pound plans for a major regeneration project to support Stoke-on-Trent’ bid to become the UK's City of Culture 2021 have moved a step closer. And now architects from around the world will be encouraged to compete for the chance to be part of the exciting development. Stoke-on-Trent City Council...

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Culture Club: Newcastle backs...

Council leaders in Newcastle have pledged to support Stoke-on-Trent’s City of Culture bid. Cabinet members at Newcastle Borough Council have agreed for the authority to be a ‘key partner’ in the efforts to land the national title in 2021. This will see the council provide elected member and officer support...

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Dust – Local Touring Exhibition

Friday 14 October saw the opening night of DUST at The Upstairs Gallery at Entrepreneurs, where the colourful collaboration of Joyce Iwaszko and Andy Cooke was ready for all to see. There are some people that you clear your diary for; an old friend coming to town, an artist whose...

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Pots, peanuts and the power of...

Back in August, the Arts Council got in touch to ask if I would get involved with their #70things campaign. This is a list of 70 arts and culture activities that anyone can do, created to celebrate the Arts Council’s 70th birthday. I work for Appetite, a Creative People and...

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Stoke-on-Trent to host...

A thought-provoking piece of art that was on display at Banksy's Dismaland is coming to Stoke-on-Trent as part of a UK-wide tour. Acclaimed artist Jimmy Cauty’s The Aftermath Dislocation Principle (ADP) will be on show in the city centre between October 10 and 17. It will be located outside AirSpace...

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Paul Williams - Personally...

As the front page of Thursday's Sentinel revealed, the stunning ceramic poppies are coming home. The 14-18 NOW Committee – which is overseeing the Wave and Weeping Window commemorative tour of the UK – has confirmed that the iconic installation will conclude its peripatetic journey in Stoke-on-Trent during the centenary...

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Ceramic poppies tour heading to...

Stoke-on-Trent is set to host a stunning display of ceramic poppies that commemorates the centenary of the First World War. The Wave and Weeping Window, which feature over 10,000 handmade flowers, were initially installed as part of the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ memorial at the Tower of...

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Artists bring bags of culture to...

Shops, cafes and museums are offering customers free gift bags which are packed with activity ideas and exclusive discounts to promote the city's cultural scene. The bags, which have been dubbed 'LOOKY' bags, were designed by artists Nicola Winstanley and Sarah Nadin, with their business Winstanley and Nadin. They are...

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Janine Bridges - Personally...

Burslem Pottery has taken on new staff after the company was chosen for an exhibition of works at the National Trust's House and Gardens in West Sussex. This prestigious exhibition showcased the work of company founder Tracy Bentley, from my own ward of Packmoor. This latest story of the city's...

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Raw Materials

It’s more than just a party. Stoke-on-Trent is making a bid to be the UK’s City of Culture in 2021. The way that we are developing the bid is through discussion and actions that are planned and delivered by theme groups. the chairs of the groups report back to a...

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The Big Feast 2016!

“A taste of the extraordinary!” Wild marching bands squashing themselves into passing cars, children throwing sponges at defeated superheroes, darkly mysterious French butlers and kids with megaphones. If you’d innocently wandered into Stoke-on-Trent City Centre last August Bank Holiday weekend you might have wondered what on Earth was taking place...

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Entrepreneurs Turns Two!

Cultural reporter Chloe Evans from Rebel caught up with the entrepreneurs behind Entrepreneurs, Rob, Andy and Tom at the shop's second birthday celebrations, to find out why they decided to stick around in Stoke-on-Trent when so many other young people were leaving for the bright lights of the big cities...

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Looking Back On The Big Feast

Cultural reporter Glenn James of Rebel reviewed the thrilling entertainment from the bank holiday weekend, courtesy of The Big Feast Festival. An Appetite Stoke event, The Big Feast brings art in various forms to the streets of Stoke-on-Trent, from dance and theatre to raising awareness of environmental issues in our...

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Artistic resurgence puts city on...

Artists and creatives from across the city will be converging on the old Spode works on Saturday 24 September to celebrate the resurgent spirit now revitalising the historic landmark manufactory. The event will see the official opening of a double dose of good news for the town and the city...

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Stephen Moore, Burleigh

'In Stoke-in-Trent culture is everywhere...' As Stoke-on-Trent bids to be named the UK's City of Culture, LAURA JAMES spoke to ceramic expert Steven Moore as to why we are worthy contenders... "STOKE-ON-TRENT'S culture is everywhere. You only need to dig up a bit of soil and bring up some clay...

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We’re On Social Media!

We’re so excited about our bid to become UK City of Culture 2021! Winning will enable us to transform the city in to an attractive tourist destination, bringing multiple benefits and exciting opportunities to Stoke-on-Trent. So, your city needs you! We're looking for support from residents across North Staffordshire, the...

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The Lost Gardens of Stoke-on-Trent...

This Artcity project celebrates thirty years since the original National Garden Festival in Stoke-on-Trent. Four incredibly talented artists have been appointed to create sculptures and artwork designed to make you consider your surroundings and the environment on your doorstep. Lina Hernandez, James Wood, Richard Redwin and Jo Ayre are the...

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The Little School of Improbable...

B Arts have teamed up with Stoke-on-Trent Libraries and Writing West Midlands to create The Little School of Improbable Cooking. Over six days, there will be a series of free, interactive drop-in sessions that mix creative writing, reading and cookery, aiming to stir up some inspiration and imagination over the...

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Using city’s empty spaces for art...

AN ARTIST-LED group dedicated to promoting Stoke-on-Trent's creative and cultural prowess is using a £550,000 war chest to help drive the Potteries' bid to be named UK City of Culture 2021. B Arts in Stoke developed the Artcity programme to increase arts activity in the city, encourage creative graduates to...

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Sharing a passion for dance

A BALLET star is hoping to spread his passion for dancing to others through a series of new classes. Daniel Jones, a member of the English National Ballet, has set up five classes at Jubilee 2 in Newcastle. The 47-year-old said they will tie in well with Stoke-on-Trent's City of...

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Finding Home

I've lived in Stoke for virtually all of my life, I went to primary school in Trent Vale, high school in Longton and have studied at Staffordshire and Keele universities. I’m from here, but I've never felt from here. If I'm honest I can take or leave oatcakes, I don't...

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