re:claim is a dance, music and visual media project based at the Spode factory in the heart of Stoke Town. The artists of ‘re:stoke’ will be conducting a series of workshops in dance, movement, photography, drawing, animation and music across Stoke Town and in the Old Spode Factory to create a promenade performance event that will take place in the factory, May 2011.
The factory, which opened in 1767, helped bring about an industry which granted the potteries a heritage to be celebrated. Since the recent closure of the factory, its buildings and courtyard are left unused. Stoke-on-Trent City Council has exciting plans for the redundant Spode site, which will be a cornerstone in the regeneration of the Town.
re:claim will explore the secrets and memories of a place, the rise and fall of an industry and the changing face of a town. Drawing inspiration from the architecture and history of the factory and the people who reside nearby, the project aims to reclaim the aspirations and identity of Stoke Town.
For more information see http://www.restoke.org.uk/