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Arts Factory is a series of creative, weekly workshops where you can learn new skills and develop your confidence in a welcoming environment. 

Our next block of workshops start on Friday 07 June 2024 and last for 9 weeks, you can find more information below.  


To register your interest or to find out more please email:

The Social Agency Arts Factory 5: Animation 


What is it?
Skills and confidence building arts based workshops for Autistic and/or Learning disabled adults aged 18 years and older living in Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas.

What will it involve?
Nine weekly workshop sessions where we develop skills and confidence whilst we work towards creating a short animation.

As a group we will look at different types of animation and discuss what we would like to create. We will split into small groups to work on different elements of the animation.

Things you might do across the nine weeks:

- Design and create sets/backgrounds.
- Create characters, storylines & scripts.
- Design and make characters.
- Work in a team.
- Use cameras to take photos for stop frame animation.
- Editing.
- Voice over for animation.

These are just some of the things you might do, some of this might change depending on what the group decides on making.

The sessions are aimed at beginners, no experience of creating animations is needed.

The sessions will be facilitated by artists Natalie Willatt and Emily Andrews.


When are the sessions?
The sessions will run on Fridays starting 07 June until 02 August 2024.

There will be a morning session from 10am - 12pm.

And an afternoon session from 2pm - 4pm.


You can choose which session you would like to come to.

Please note the afternoon session will be a repeat of the morning session and the afternoon group will be working on a different animation than the morning group.


There is a Pay As You Feel Cafe between 12-2pm at Bread in Common for those that want to have their lunch with us.

Where are the sessions?
B arts, 72 Hartshill Road, ST4 7RB.
Entrance is through the BLUE Bread in Common bakery Door, just down from the bus stop. Please ring the bell.

There is limited disabled parking on site - please contact if you need a space saving.
There is some parking available nearby including pay and display car parks - please contact if you need support with this.
Please DO NOT PARK on St. Andrews Square - this is for residents only.


The Social Agency is a safe place for Autistic and Learning Disabled adults to come together, share knowledge and create.

Please let us know if you would like to join us, you can do this by emailing or sending us a message.

If you have any access needs or would like to know more please contact:

This project is kindly supported by The Community Fund, Creative Lives Know Your Neighbourhood Fund, UK Shared Prosperity Fund, The Big Give & Stoke Creates and all the lovely people who donated to our fundraiser.

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