Appetite presentation and activities

 in the Henrion Gallery on College Road, Shelton
appetite stoke logoAppetite is a three year, Art Council Funded programme which aims to get more people experiencing and inspired by the arts.  The Creative Communities Unit are responsible for the evaluation of Appetite.
At this event you will be able to see and explore some of the findings from the evaluation of year two of Appetite.
get talking logoYou will find out about the Get Talking approach we take to research and how you can get involved.
You will also be able to see some of the creative ways we have consulted with audiences and developed case studies.
Get ideas of how to present your research or evaluation findings visually and in creative ways.
We will also have some creative case studies, developed by our Artists in Residence, Nic Winstanley and Sarah Nadin.
There will be some lovely food and refreshments and there may, or may not, be Jelly Babies!
If you would like to book a place, please email Caroline Butterwick at or call on (01782) 294793.

Hidden Voices: Making Connections film

In an exciting multigenerational film project, school children in Stoke-on-Trent have worked alongside residents in three Retirement Villages to record the stories of people who were teenagers in the 1950’s and 1960’s. This will be an opportunity to see the brand new film footage, presented by archivist, historian and project lead, Professor Ray Johnson MBE.

Fantastic Fringe Finale 2015 – 20th June

The Fantastic Fringe Finale Community Day is packed with activities for people of all ages.

The Fringe Community Parade led by B Arts, starts by the Children’s play area in Hanley Park at 11.45am and will go down Boughey Rd to the Leek Rd site of Staffordshire University to arrive at about 12pm.

There will be lots to see and do on Leek Road. Activities will take place at Staffordshire University and Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College. This is the plan for the day so far……

Get creative in the “make it” zones:

Face painting and Henna art

clay flowerWorkshops:

  • animation
  • clay flower-making with Rita from the British Ceramic Biennial,
  • hands on clay with Etruria Artists potters wheel
  • drumming
  • Jasmine flower garlands (1 to 2pm)

Check out the “entertainment” zones:


  • Live Final of #StaffsFringeTalent
  • local business and craft markets


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Family FILM show at 3pm – Big Hero 6




Afro-Brew band logoMusic from:

  • Afro-Brew
  • Steel for Stoke
  • Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College students


Have fun in the outdoor “action” zone:

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  • bouncy castles – one for young children, one for older children
  • tombola
  • egg and spoon race
  • tug of war
  • sack race


Talk, listen and learn at the “Info” Zone:

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  • find out about the Community Plan for Shelton area and share your ideas
  • learn about Etruria Industrial Museum history from volunteers in Victorian dress
  • Give your views on the plans for Hanley Park
  • NHS health information
  • youth and adult education advice
  • meet the University Quarter Community Action Network
  • Look at the plans for Staffordshire University campus developments and have your questions answered.

art show posterView the exhibitions:

  • tours of the University’s student Show and Tell Art and Design show
  • Stoke on Trent Sixth Form College student Art showphoto of art exhibition


Grab an ice cream from the van!

Bring a picnic or a bit a money for refreshments.

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If you have got any questions about access please phone or email.

Tel: 01782 294415

Email: factnews

Photos from Fantastic Fringe Finale in previous years give you an idea of what to expect!

Join the Fringe volunteers team!

Staffs Fringe Festival is a community festival. All the events are free and we rely on a team of volunteers to help make the Festival go with a swing.

There are many volunteering roles including:
·         Supporting people to take part in community activities in Shelton
·         Publicity – social media and face to face
·         Events assistant
·         Cultural reporter – photography/ film/ writing

Or you can organise your own event to add to the programme

Apply for the roles by sending us your application – Volunteer Application Form Fringe

Please send it to Penny Vincent, Fringe Coordinator p.e.vincent @
(take out the spaces when you email).

Adult Learners: Prepare for Higher Education

Information, Advice and Guidance for Mature Learners

Venue: Staffordshire University, Stoke Campus, Leek Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DF

Our ‘Adult Learners: Preparation for HE’ event is aimed and geared to adult learners who are entering or thinking about study at a Higher Education level.

Perhaps you want to do something for yourself? Fancy a change? Or want to gain a degree in order to progress in your career?

Whatever your reasons the day at Staffordshire University will enable learners to gather a breadth of information and guidance about the possibility of starting University. Whatever your motivation for returning to education, there are enormous benefits to studying at University. As well as giving you a wealth of knowledge in your chosen subject area, returning to Higher Education gives you the opportunity to build your confidence, enhance your career prospects, meet like-minded people and develop a range of transferable skills. With an array of unique talks and subject lectures, learners will be able to gain a valuable insight to the help and support available to mature students. poster for adult learner event At Staffordshire we recognise and value the impact that mature learners have upon the world of work and industry, our mature student-centric approachis evident with the fact that over 63% of our students are in fact classified as mature.

At our ‘Adult Learners: Preparation for HE’ event learners will be able to choose two subject seminars which will be carried out by our academic lecturers which are leading specialists in their subjects. Learners will have the opportunity to discover and acquire a clear picture about what they could learn, how they will be assessed and what kind of employment or professional development opportunities their chosen course could lead to.

follow your curiousityThe day itself will give learners the opportunity to meet like-minded people, ask any questions they may have.

alw_banner_2You can ask our current mature students what it is actually like to be at university especially during our “A day in the life of a mature student” talk.


Many students at Staffordshire manage to organise part-time work around full-time study or conversely part-time study around full-time work.

Our ‘Student Finance Talk’ which will provide a comprehensive detailed explanation surrounding the complexities of student finance. The talk will outline and focus upon what kind of financial support is available, especially considering that mature students may have increased reservations about the ability to start university particularly if they commitments and people that are dependent on you. However, whatever your circumstances the support here at Staffordshire will allow you to realise your potential and allow you to strike a balance between your home, work and academic life.

Please fill in the booking form to get a place on the event. Click the link to download the form. Preparation for HE Application Form.

If you have any questions about the day or anything else please do not hesitate to get in contact:

Ashley Cotton Outreach Officer, UK Student Recruitment and Admissions 01782 294951 mobile 07825 318692

Fringe Community Night Walk: Art City

Please BOOK – Eventbrite FREE walkers tickets

stoke film theatreWe will meet at Stoke Film Theatre in Shelton
to start walking at 6.30pm.

This will be a `Reclaim the Streets’ Style walk, where we will occupy the streets around and within Shelton and Stoke town, embarking on a special night walk together to explore Art City.

During the walk there will be stopping points on the way, with opportunities to hear about some of the fantastic projects and organisations working locally, and some of the activities and groups that you can get involved in. These include YMCA North Staffs talking about the Uprising programme and their new Spar shop.

As part of the London Road Festival, Letting In The Light and Cultural Sisters are collaborating on the Art Stop, a fantastic programme of events at an empty shop in the town centre. We will pop in for a quick look.

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The walk will end at around 7.30 pm at B-Arts, Hartshilll Rd, Stoke with a chance to share a cup of something warm & snacks. We will have a tour of their building including the new co-working spaces for students and artists.We will find out about the Art City programme and hear from the consortium partners Airspace, bitjam, Cultural Sisters, Letting In the Light, picl, and Restoke.

The event will finish at around 9pm.

If you would like to be one of our “human noticeboards” during the walk, you get 2 minutes to tell us about your organisation, project or group – then please get in touch with Penny Vincent by email to confirm your slot on

Please wear strong shoes and layers including waterproof clothes.

We suggest you park on the Staffordshire University car park on College Rd in Shelton, Stoke on Trent which is open and free after 6pm.

You will make your own way back home from B Arts in Stoke, so please plan transport accordingly.

This is the 9th community night walk organised by AirSpace Gallery and Staffordshire University. Find out more about our first Night Walk and how they work, here

For more information contact Penny Vincent at Staffordshire University  01782 294793 

Photos from previous 2013 Community Night Walks

Staffs Fringe Festival

Caldon Canal walk

Staffordshire University Sports Day

Join us for a friendly mixed rounders tournament on the Leek Road campus playing fields in Shelton, Stoke on Trent.

rounders-logoFollowing on from the success of last year’s Centenary Cricket Match, this year we will be holding a legacy event to commemorate the centenary celebrations and celebrate the hard work of all our University communities.

Join us for a relaxed afternoon of fun centred around an informal mixed rounders tournament. The University communities are encouraged to attend – to celebrate, spend time together, reflect on the year’s activity and most importantly, enjoy the company of their friends and colleagues in an informal setting.

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The Rules 

Staff, students, alumni and members of the community are being invited to submit teams of nine players and two reserves for the tournament. All people of any abilities are welcome to get involved – although we encourage healthy competition and bit of team rivalry, it’s important to remember the main theme of the day is fun!

Chuck it, Whack it, Leg it, Smile

Mixed rounders rules state that no more than five males should make up the team. Other than that, the basic rules you need to master are:

rounders rules

There will be teams of University staff, students and ex-students and the local community. Teams should be nine players and two reserves. The first twelve teams to register will be put through to take part in the tournament. Your team may even be called upon as a reserve even if not successful in getting through in the first instance, so please keep your team’s diaries free.

Once you’ve mastered the basic rules, you can download the official rules of the game from

Getting involved!
We are encouraging teams to have a theme – so whether it be a colour, fancy dress or silly shirts 

Please do feel free to encourage supporters to attend and cheer on your team!

Get in touch with Julie Smith on ext: 4116 or email if you would like more information or would like to put a community team forward to play.

picnicRefreshment stalls from Staffordshire University Catering will be available on the day, however, you are encouraged to bring along picnic baskets and rugs to make a real afternoon of it.

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Have you got an Appetite for Creativity?

Venue: Staffordshire University, College Rd, Shelton, Stoke on Trent

If you like the arts, are creative or would like to be,
this event is for you.

5pm – meet in the Film Theatre entrance for a brief tour of Show and Tell degree show
5.30pm – view the Creative Ageing Exhibition in the UniQube gallery in the Film Theatre foyer
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In the Henrion Gallery on College Rd site of Staffordshire University
6 pm – refreshments and Appetite Get Talking activities
6.45pm – Unlock your creativity – workshop discussion
7.30-9.00pm – Sing with the Voyagers Chorus
You are welcome to join and leave at any point. Just turn up!

Creative Ageing Exhibition

UniQube Gallery, Flaxman Building, Staffordshire University

16th to 19th June – open all day

This exhibition will celebrate older people’s creativity.

live age logoIt will include sound and images from North Staffordshire’s Live Age Festival, held in October 2014, which engaged older people in an exciting programme of arts events and activities.

It will also feature a number of other creative projects, led by staff in the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies at Staffordshire University, and involving older people.