It's a bit of a cheesy metaphor but we believe Stoke-on-Trent's arts and cultural scene can be seen as a bit plant-like. For years, it's been sat below the surface of the soil, its roots growing, invisible to everyone but those ready to dig through it. As the excitement and awareness for the City of Culture bid has begun to spread, our culture has begun to peek above the surface — slowly at first — but gaining momentum and inevitably blooming.
We've seen this over the past two Stoke Art Map events, how the size of the event has spread across two towns now and over two weekends, with participation at an all time high. The Stoke Art Map is a project lead by various creatives across the city, including ACAVA Studios, Appetite and Airspace Gallery, which aims to involve the local people with our independent arts and culture scene. We've seen exhibitions, workshops, talks, walks and some fantastic food and drink.
We were fortunate to be asked by ACAVA to design the Stoke Art Map for the second year running, after the previous success of our bespoke map and guide created in 2016. We gave the brand a refresh with a new colour and worked with the ACAVA team to create a helpful pocket-sized map of both Stoke and Hanley — plotting the many venues of the 2017 map.