CLAYHEAD, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7RH, Stoke-on-Trent, UK, ST4 7RH

6th October, 2018 - 10:30AM - 3:30PM

Come & CREATE a unique Potteries’ Fun Palace – A FUN PALACE NEIGHBOURHOOD – during this special national weekend. EVERYONE WELCOME – visit, get involved, make & share stuff. Join our COMMUNITY-IN-RESIDENCE for an alternative celebration of who we are & where we live! Includes: CLAYHEAD | #ClayConversation (Cornwall – Liverpool – Stoke-on-Trent) | ELSO Open Doors & Urban Walk | ELSO Artists-in-Residence | CentreSpace/Spode Museum | Moving Pictures: Fun Palace on-a-Train


1.55pm March 19, 2019

10:30am - 3:30pm Saturday 6th October CLAYHEAD, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7RH   All day:

  • Revealing Voices: Arthur Wood Collection (Potteries Heritage Society & Andy Perkin)
  • Burslem Butterflies (Joanna Dawidowska & Leone Davis)
  • Artist Matt Fair & friends
  • #N18 & #ST4 ELSO Artists-in-Residence (facilitated by Amy Foster)
  • Touching History (Bret Shah & Stoke Your Gratitude CIC)
  • Exploratory for The Potteries (Martin Brown & North Staffs Society of Architects)
  • Lino printing (led by artist Steve Shaw)
  • The Firing Line (viewing & demo 1pm by Richard Wilshaw)
  • Secret Museum (Phil Rowley & Ceramic City Stories)
Scheduled activities:
  • 12:00noon - 1:00pm ELSO Open Doors & Urban Walk (Andy Perkin)
  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm Rocket Stove Oatcakes (FoodFest, Jayne & Jonathon Fair)
  • 2:00pm - 2:45pm #ClayConversation DIY live (group) video call between friends in Cornwall, Liverpool & Stoke-on-Trent (Wheal Martyn Museum, Friends of Everton Park & Ceramic City Stories)
Other ELSO connected Fun Palaces:
  • Moving Pictures: Fun Palace on-a-Train 10:34am - 3:33pm Saturday 6th October (departs Stoke Station 10.34).
  • Join us on the North Staffs Line as we travel to and fro between Crewe and Derby, stopping at all normal intermediary stops. Drop in at any time and create your own carbon print using our “magic drawing” technique. Our focus will be past & present stations & locations en route. Our artists-in-residence & volunteers from Ceramic City Stories will be on hand to help. The activity is free of charge. Suitable for all ages and abilities. NORMAL TRAIN FARES APPLY. Artists & historian in residence: Jane Wells, Fearn Hepden & Robert Fair supported by Claire Sandys, North Staffs Community Rail Partnership Officer
  • #ClayConversation 2:00pm - 2:45pm Saturday 6th October
  • #ClayConversation is a DIY live (group) video call between friends in Cornwall (Wheal Martyn, St Austell), Liverpool (Friends of Everton Park) & Stoke-on-Trent (CLAYHEAD, Stoke). This ‘digital’ Fun Palace will create a national link between three hyperlocal communities on the day. We hope it encourages the beginning of a much longer creative exploration of historical (re)connections & present day shared stories: THE CLAY – THE PORT – THE POTTERIES. Call will involve: Nikita Brown, Richard Scott, Andy Perkin, Phil Rowley & Danny Callaghan
  • 2:00pm - 2:45pm Saturday 6th October
  • Twitter | simply search &/or use #ClayConversation + #FunPalaces (together)
  • *Currently also exploring live stream options tbc
    • Carthew, St. Austell, Cornwall PL26 8XG
    • Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7RH
    Centre Space Spode & Spode  Museum 10:30am - 4:00pm Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th October Centre Space is an exhibition space within the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre. Offering an ongoing events calendar showcasing work Locally and internationally.   INFINITE CITY Infinite City at Centre Space, Spode Museum 19th September - 7th October Sarah Peart, 20, is a professional photographer, and Infinite City is her first solo exhibition. The pictures are the result of her accompanying Richard Snell & Darren Washington when they visited London to make a documentary about Richard’s hometown. Having lived in Stoke-On-Trent all of her life, Sarah found London to be both incredible and overwhelming. She was inspired to create striking images reflecting those moods. Richard Snell, 72, is a Londoner by birth but has lived in North Staffordshire since 1989. Now retired, he earned his living in a variety of ways, ranging from labouring to teaching. Richard left London to make a new life for himself but has always missed his hometown. He takes pride in being involved and associated with this exhibition in which Sarah Peart’s photographs, as well as being unique to her style, say so much about London as Richard himself understands it.   REFLECTIONS OF SPODE Over the past 45 years the creative career of local artist Frederick Phillips has taken him to many places in the world. But in 2007 after almost 18 years of living in Chicago, USA and working in a studio there, he chose to return to his hometown of Stoke where he set up a new studio. And when the ACAVA Artists’ Studios became available in April 2016 on the Spode Works site, he moved his studio to Spode and became the first artist to occupy one of the new studio spaces.   Whilst Fred was studying art at Burslem School of Art in the early 1970’s he was influenced by surrealism but his images were inspired by scenes from the local environment. Many years have passed since then and the surrealism has developed into atmospheric paintings that combine realism with memories of time and place. But the artist continues to be inspired by the places he lives or where he has visited, so his return to his birthplace has resulted in many new works inspired by Stoke – and latterly, by what he has seen around him on the Spode Works site.   The Exhibition ‘Reflections of Spode’ includes original oil paintings and original Prismacolor Pencil drawings as well as archival Limited Edition Prints of new works and local favourites. Images of Spode, local architecture and favourite destinations during Potters Fortnight such as North Wales, are included. Each artwork displays the artist’s mastery of detail and colour, developed over many decades of refining his creative techniques.   From Stoke to Chicago and from California to Europe, the art of Frederick Phillips is included in many private and corporate art collections throughout the world.  

ELSO District Fun Palace

4.57pm September 28, 2018

ELSO District: Fun Palaces Neighbourhood

9.14am September 28, 2018

ELSO District is defined by (& takes its acronym from) Elenora Street, Liverpool Road & Shelton Old Road.  ELSO was a key neighbourhood in relation to Stoke-on-Trents forgotten historic waterfront along the Trent & Mersey Canal. The Potteries import & export trade once made the citys White Gold Mile of wharfs & international transit agents one of the busiest inland ports in the world during the 19th century. The district has a proud history & was home to ceramic manufacturing giants including Minton Hollins & Co (Tiles) & other notable companies including Boulton & Floyd, Shorter & Sons & Carlton Ware. The neighbourhood is adjacent to & (was) closely interrelated with Spode Works: the site of major pottery company Spode Copeland Pottery & present day focus for culture-led renewal.

Ceramic City Stories believe this rich heritage, remnant historical built environment & truly global ceramic legacy provide a hugely valuable opportunity for creating positive local change.

Fun Palaces 2018

10.10pm February 28, 2018