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The Firing Line, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 7RH

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

Join us for a gentle celebration of who we are & where we live! Click here for more details

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)

  • #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

#ClayConversations 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

JOIN US: 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  Museum10:30am - 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.

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.

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Earlier Event: October 1
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Later Event: November 1
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