(In person) Factory Seminar – How to Deliver Creative Workshops

Venue details
Staffordshire University
Additional information

This event is in-person.

What is the Factory Seminar – How to Deliver Creative Workshops about?  

Factory Seminar – How to Deliver Creative Workshops will be an intensive training seminar to get you ready to deliver your creative workshop ideas. By the end of the session you will be able to easily answer the questions:

How do you plan a creative workshop?  

What are the key factors that you need to consider?  

How do you make it engaging?  

This free Factory session is led by BCB Learning & Participation Manager Natalie Armitage and BCB Associate Artist Zeba Imam. They will discuss how to design and implement a creative workshop from start to finish. First, you’ll learn the ins and outs of good workshop design and how to keep your audience engaged. Then they will highlight key considerations, such as health and safety and safeguarding. 

This in-person session will take a practical approach and give participants a chance to plan their own workshop. Using the information from the first part of the session they will develop a workshop that they can then deliver to a wide range of people. Please note, this event is in-person.


What will this session cover?

  • Identifying your audience – who are you planning a workshop for and how to design for their needs 
  •  What activities to include and why 
  • Accessibility and inclusion  
  • How to assess health and safety issues 
  • Writing a risk assessment 
  • Safeguarding  
  • Evaluation – how to embed it and how it can be useful


Who is the session for?

  • Artists and creative practitioners working with communities 
  • Artists and creative practitioners working in learning settings 
  • Museum and educational professionals who facilitate group activities 


Who is delivering?

Natalie Armitage manages the Education strand of the BCB engagement programme. Her main responsibilities include:

  • The CLAY School programme
  • Foundations, a project funded by Children in Need and Wellcome Trust to give children exciting science learning experiences through experimentation and play with clay 
  • Generation, a youth-based project for young people between 16-25 to explore the ceramics heritage of Stoke-on-Trent funded through National Lottery Heritage Fund

Natalie has a background in art history, film, and material culture. In 2016 she completed her PhD in English and American Studies at University of Manchester. She has experience in a range of different education settings, having taught at college and university level and within informal settings through arts engagement work. Outside of BCB, Natalie maintains her own creative practice through writing and work in a range of media.  

Natalie is focusing on building upon previous successful work, exploring more ways of creating meaningful learning experiences through open-ended, person-centred working; incorporating play and experimentation to facilitate exciting learning and creative environments. As a neurodivergent person, she also has an interest in how we can create more inclusive and accommodating spaces in relation to the varied and complex needs that neurodivergence’s present. 

Zeba Imam is a ceramicist trained at Clay College, Stoke, graduating in 2019. Community engagement work is an important aspect of her ceramics practice. As an Associate Artist with BCB, she has teamed up with other artists to deliver workshops engaging local community groups. She seeks to use clay as a medium to encourage creative expression and facilitate conversations.  

Before becoming a ceramicist, Zeba taught Gender Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India. She has a PhD in Communication from Texas A&M University, USA. She makes her own work from her studio located at ACAVA, Spode Works. Her work is inspired by the marks of human activity everywhere that convey the universal human wish to connect and communicate. 


Where does it take place? 

Staffordshire University, ST4 2DE. 

Room and building will be confirmed with delegates by email.


How to book? 

Click the link on this page to book your free ticket for the Factory Seminar – How to Deliver Creative Workshops. Visit our What’s On page to see what other events are happening.


In-person Access: 

  • All venues we will use will have flat access via lift or location on the ground floor.  
  • We have a portable Loop for those who need it, please email ahead of the event if you would like to use this system (natalie@britishceramicsbiennial.com)  
  • In advance of each event, we aim to share an overview of the event. This may include preparation tasks for the participant. 
  • We will share a resource pack after the event including summary notes and other relevant links and resources.  

If there is anything we can do to support your participation in the event, please get in touch with natalie@britishceramicsbiennial.com to discuss what we can put in place for you. 


What is Factory? 

This workshop is proudly run as part of the creative business support Factory, which is a partnership betweenStaffordshire Chambers of Commerce,Staffordshire University, British Ceramics Biennial andACAVA. The programme is part funded by theEuropean Regional Development Fund.Visit our main Factory pagefor more information about other opportunities and workshops run through Factory.