What is Factory, and who is it for?

Factory is a free programme for creatives in Staffordshire. It supports artists, designers, makers and other creatives to develop their practice and business.


What does it cover?

Every month, experienced creatives deliver practical and interactive workshops online. There are breakout sessions after each session. So, it’s also a chance to connect and support other people during these difficult times.

During 2020, there have been sessions on:

Click here for a full list of resources. If you have suggestions for new workshops, contact info@britishceramicsbiennial.com.


BCB Artist Development Surgeries
The BCB Artist Development Surgeries are an opportunity to talk about a project or idea that has a connection to Stoke-on-Trent, its people, place or industries. This opportunity is for people feel they would benefit from speaking about it with a member of the BCB Artists’ Programme/Exhibitions team.

You don’t need to prepare anything specifically, we’re happy to talk your project through with you if you’d like.

We have a focus on contemporary ceramic practice, however, if you work in another medium/material and you feel our perspective would be helpful to you feel free to sign up.


How can I get involved?

There is no big commitment – you can dip in and out of sessions. You can even ask for one-to-one mentoring with your creative business.

  • Head to our What’s On page to book on the next free session
  • To find out more about the wider Factory programme, contact factory@staffordshirechambers.co.uk or call 01782 213929
  • Once you’ve taken part, complete our evaluation survey to give us feedback on your experience and make suggestions for future sessions


Who manages the programme?

Factory is a partnership between Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, Staffordshire University, British Ceramics Biennial and ACAVA. The programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund ERDF.

Sessions are delivered by practicing artists, photographers and makers, as well as experts in funding, marketing and business planning.