Assembly Stoke-on-Trent focuses on activism in the arts and the artist as activist, activator and change maker. Taking place across several venues around the city, this day-long event aims to discuss and make more visible the work that artists do within this context, whilst also exploring the sometimes hidden labour associated with the making of things and with making things happen. Assembly Stoke-on-Trent will create space to talk about how we balance our lives with the work that we do.

Led by Anna Francis and Rebecca Davies from The Portland Inn Project, a series of provocations, discussions, hands on actions and social activity will raise questions and create space to explore answers together around a set of themes which include some of the most urgent issues of our time for artists and humans.

Themes and concerns include:

Environment and Sustainable Practices: What if we only work where we live?

Housing and Property: What are the best ways to tool up, educate ourselves and work together to protect what is ours? Exploring methods to create people-led, collaborative visions for the future of public ‘property’.

Living as Practice: The role of the artist in society. The responsible artist has the weight of the world on their shoulders, but this can be exhausting – how do we balance that?

Disobedience: ‘Shaking the table’ and creating space to discuss issues of equality and diversity activism in the arts.

Venue: AirSpace Gallery, 4 Broad St, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4HL and various venues around the city.

Welcome and introduction to the day
11am – 11.30am

Setting the Scene
11.30am – 12.45pm

12.45pm – 1.45pm
Vegan and gluten free options will be available.

Afternoon Workshops
2pm – 3.15pm 1st workshop
3.30pm – 4.45pm 2nd workshop
Attendees are invited to sign up for two of the four workshop sessions.

Workshop A: Lydia Catterall – Environment and Sustainable Practice

Workshop B: Clare Reynolds (Restoke) – Living as Practice

Workshop C: Gemma Holyoak and Michael Kennedy – Housing and Property

Workshop D: Jessica Longmore and Sarah Taylor Silverwood – Disobedience

Screenprinting with NTRPRNRS
2pm – 5pm
An all-afternoon drop-in (for anyone not wanting to do a workshop).

Provocation and Discussion
5pm – 7pm

End: Social at AirSpace
7pm – 9pm