Active Communities in Staffordshire (UK)

The group travelling around Staffordshire county in the West Midlands region had an opportunity to get to know, observe and participate in activities run by a wide range of institutions, organisations and community groups: from community choir to university and independent video company. The projects reflected three themes: urban change, visual arts and people’s diverse identities.

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Clay chorus

Clay Chorus formed in August 2009 as the chorus for a B Arts site-specific performance called “Clay” at Burslem School of Art.

Due to popular demand the chorus continues meeting and singing on Monday evenings at Burslem School of Art.

It is a mixed: male and female accapella singing group. We learn songs by ear so you don`t need to be able to read music to take part.

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Burslem School of Art

The school was originally built to house students from all around the 6 towns that make up Stoke-On-Trent.  This was the case for several years but then had to conform to become part of the polytechnic education system and became part of a faculty of art.

The Burslem School of Art was once the powerhouse in developing world-renowned artist talent within the ceramics industry. For the [...]. Read more

Potteries Museum and art gallery

The Potteries Museum and art Gallery is home to many exhibitions, art works, historical memorabilia and social activity. It is free admission into the Potteries Museum.

“The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery was built on the site of the former large Ridgway Pottery Bell Works. The Ridgways were potters to Queen Victoria. Originally known as the City Museum and Art Gallery, his Royal [...]. Read more

Take Part

Take Part is a distinctive approach to learning that enables people to make an active contribution to their communities and influence public policies and services. In 2009-11 Stoke on Trent City Council had funding from the national Take Part programme. They commissioned the Creative Communities Unit at Staffordshire University to design and run two short courses for local [...]. Read more


Based in Staffordshire, restoke combine dance, music and visual art to produce works that breathe new life into forgotten spaces.

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Mandays Photography group is based at a resource centre for homeless people and those living with mental distress. The centre is jointly managed by Combined Healthcare NHS Trust and Brighter Futures Housing. Friday was identified as a day of activities for men.

Tony Jones set up the photography group in 2007, voluntarily running sessions every week since then covering a wide range of [...]. Read more

Junction 15

Junction15 Productions are an Emmy award-winning corporate and broadcast production company based in North Staffordshire. Founded in 2005 by two successful filmmakers, graduates of Staffordshire University, Andrew Rowell and Darren Teale, Junction15 have provided television broadcast productions for BBC, UK independent TV channels, Sky channels and NBC.

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Caldmore Area Housing Association

Caldmore Area Housing Association Limited is a community based Registered Social Landlord, committed to meeting the needs of people in the Walsall area.

We are a charity and social business, and our prime purpose is to improve the quality of life for those we serve by offering a diverse range of housing, care and support services.

(Taken from the Caldmore housing webpage.)

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Borderlines (at New Vic Theatre)

New Vic Borderlines is the theatre’s award-winning community programme.

The Borderlines team works with some of North
Staffordshire’s most disadvantaged communities,
helping people find new and positive ways to
understand themselves, their communities and
their responsibilities.

They use theatre to promote understanding, celebrate diversity, and experience the power of creativity [...]. Read more