Appetite has been developed by a consortium of local organisations. The consortium is led by New Vic Theatre in partnership with B Arts, Brighter Futures, Partners in Creative Learning and Staffordshire University.
The New Vic Theatre
Appetite’s lead partner, the award-winning New Vic was the first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round in Europe. Under Artistic Director, Theresa Heskins, it produces an adventurous, year-round programme that includes up to nine in-house productions. More than 140,000 people attend or participate in New Vic activities each year. It has deep roots in the community and uses participatory theatre to support the regeneration of our region by improving life expectations, raising aspiration and achievement, challenging prejudice, and improving the quality of life for disadvantaged people. The New Vic is supported by Arts Council England, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, Staffordshire County Council, and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Partners in Creative Learning
PICL is an organisation that specialises in making creative projects happen.
We help people and organisations to make real change, based on powerful creative experiences. We use our skills, experience and networks to bring collaborations together, whether with families, in education and community settings or for businesses.
Since 2005 we have supported over 140 partnerships, working with companies such as Walk the Plank, Stan’s Café, Glyndebourne Opera, as well as countless individual dancers, storytellers, writers, visual artists, theatre practitioners, circus performers, carnival artists and more. We have seen success in improving language skills in young people; in increasing engagement in learning for young people and adults; in increasing the numbers of parents who participate in their children’s learning; in building confidence, self esteem and empathy through the creative projects we have made happen. 92% of our partners said their PiCL project had achieved high impact on their stated aims.
Staffordshire University has both its creative and its Science Faculties based on the campus at the heart of the City of Stoke-on-Trent.The University offers both undergraduate and post Graduate provision as well as engaging in a range of collaborative research and enterprise activity regionally, nationally and internationally. Over the years it has developed a strong reputation for its range of innovative and creative courses in Art and Design and New Media. The community focussed, outfacing work of the Faculty is led by The Creative Communities Unit (CCU) within the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies. The CCU will be leading the the work with the the Appetite Consortium. They work in partnership with local organisations and local people to develop a range of opportunities and initiatives relevant for Stoke-on-Trent and Stoke-on-Trent people. At the heart of their work is the belief that communities themselves have the solution to the challenges that face them and that projects should be designed to be of benefit to local people and developed in Collaboration with them.
6 Towns Radio is a volunteer-led, community radio station whose vision is to connect and give a voice to community groups and help spread their messages.
Operated by Potteries Media Community Interest Company with a volunteer staff of just over 100 members, 6Towns Radio embraces the arts in our community and sees Appetite as a way to get more people appreciating them.
6 Towns Radio is a digital station and has a predominately local audience with a minimum of 30,000 web visitors to its site every month. Thousands of people have downloaded the iPhone and android apps and it boasts over 45,000 interactive Twitter followers.
Arts Council England
The Arts Council wants more people to experience and be inspired by the arts, irrespective of where they live or their social, educational or financial circumstances.
Arts Council Engalnd’s Creative People and Places fund will focus its investment in parts of the country where people's involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average, with the aim of increasing the likelihood of participation.
They have invested a total of £37 million in a small number of locations of greatest need to establish action research partnerships called Creative people and places.
This investment will encourage long-term collaborations between local communities and arts organisations, museums, libraries and other partners such as local authorities and the private sector. It aims to empower them to experiment with new and radically different approaches and to develop inspiring, sustainable arts programmes that will engage audiences in those communities.
Excellence will be central to the activity they support on the Appetite programme.
Stoke-on-Trent-on-Trent City Council
The Appetite Consortium held discussions with the City Council to explore opportunities for working in tandem and furthering the partnership. Arising from these discussions there are three main themes where there will be a close working relationship and synergy between approaches and outcomes:
City Centre Animation:
The City Council and City Centre Partnership have employed a part-time City Centre Animateur to animate the city centre through events and activities.
Arts in Parks:
The City Council will support Appeite with a programme of high profile arts events and community arts activity in the parks.
The City Council have established a community grant for local people and groups to apply for in order for them to develop their own arts events from June 2013 onwards. This approach is very much in tune with the ambition of Appetite, as it will identify and work with communities of interest in developing programmes of arts activity that engage with people.