Community Maker

 

This summer, artist Anna Francis from AirSpace Gallery, Hanley, will lead the Community Maker project in the Portland Street area. Through this project, local residents are invited to explore the community together and think about the future, while sharing food together and working with clay.

During the project we will explore what the area already has to offer, and through some creative workshops and food sharing events we will start to consider plans for the future.

Participants will share their experiences and food with BCB visitors, test some of the creative skills learnt over the summer and view the work created throughout the project.

For more information, or to book in to any of the sessions please email Anna Francis: amf@airspacegallery.org

 

Communiy Maker is co-produced by Appetite. The Appetite programme is funded by Arts Council England and is led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with B Arts, Brighter Futures, Partners in Creative Learning and Staffordshire University.

 

 

Full Programme

Session 1: Drop in and Sign Up
Sat 11 July 11:00am – 2:00pm
Century Street Green Space

Help create a clay-based map of the area - thinking about what works and what needs work, using clay and floral patterns, and sharing a cuppa.

Session 2: Exploring the area
Wed 22 July 11:00am – 1:00pm
Century Street Green Space

Using clay and plants found growing locally, we will document what is growing in the area and use clay-pressing techniques and coloured oxides, to create decorative tiles, followed by a snack.

Session 3: Who is Here?
Thu 23 July 11:00am – 1:00pm
Century Street Green Space

Using clay rounds, we will explore who is living in the area - creating faces to be turned into badges. We will use clay-painting techniques and share a delicious cake.

Session 4: Our House
Wed 29 July 11:00am – 1:00pm Century Street Green Space

Using clay house shapes, and pressing/cutting and colour techniques, we will create ourselves as houses, as a representation of our community.

Session 5: Community Maker Meal
Thu 30 July 6:00pm – 8:00pm
AirSpace Gallery, Hanley

A special community meal, where we will make plans for the community maker project development, and share a meal together while considering what would be on a community ceramic ware for our area. RSVP, limited spaces.

Session 6: Community Bowl Making 1
Wed 5 August 11:00am – 1:00pm Century Street Green Space

Experiment using moulds and create cut out shapes for special large bowls, for use at future community events, and the Feast Day.

Session 7: Community Bowl Making 2
Thu 6 August 11:00am – 1:00pm
Century Street Green Space

Experiment using moulds and create cut out shapes for special large bowls, for use at future community events, and the Feast Day.

Session 8: Celebration Picnic
Sat 8 August 12:00pm – 3:00pm Century Street Green Space

Join the Portland Street Community Group Celebration Picnic, and create flower markers, for a special Community Flower Bed.

Feast Day, British Ceramics Biennial
Sat 3 October, 12:00pm-3:00pm
Spode Factory, China Hall, Kingsway, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1JH

Share our experiences and food with BCB visitors, test some of the creative skills we have learnt throughout the project and view the work created throughout the project, which will go on display at this world class event.