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Arts Factory is a series of creative, weekly workshops where you can learn new skills and display the art you create in a public exhibition. The project is split into four blocks. Each block will be 6 weeks long, and we will focus on a different art form in each. We will run workshops every Friday for 5 weeks and in the 6th week, we'll put the work we have created in an exhibition at a local indoor market. 

Our next block of workshops start on Friday 01 March 2024 and last for 5 weeks, you can find more information below.  


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

The Social Agency Arts Factory 3: Textile Banner Making


What is it?
Skills and confidence building workshops for Autistic and/or Learning disabled adults aged 18 years and older living in Stoke-on-Trent and surrounding areas. This is followed by a public exhibition to showcase the work made in the workshops.


What will it involve?
Five weekly workshop sessions to develop your skills and confidence working with textiles. There will be the opportunity to learn some simple skills - this could be hand sewing, machine sewing, applique and painting onto fabric. These sessions offer a platform for Autistic and Learning Disabled adults to express their unique experiences and emotions through art. You'll have the opportunity to contribute to a collective artwork by crafting your own section of a banner, inspired by the tradition of protest signs and banners.

We will also look at different artists who have used textiles in their work. This is aimed at beginners and no experience is necessary.

Artwork created in the sessions will be showcased in a public exhibition in April.


The sessions will be facilitated by artists Natalie Willatt and Emily Andrews with the support of volunteers.


When are the sessions?
The sessions will run on Fridays starting 01 March until 29 March 2024.

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

And an afternoon session from 2pm - 4pm.

You are welcome to come to one or both - please note the afternoon session will be a repeat of the morning session however, you are so welcome to stay and develop your skills.

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.

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 and UK Shared Prosperity Fund

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