Appetite

Creating an appetite for the arts in Stoke-on-Trent
Bianco, NoFit State Circus, Stoke-on-Trent 2013
Bianco, NoFit State Circus, Stoke-on-Trent 2013
Photo: Andrew Billington
Faust, The Big Feast, Stoke-on-Trent 2014
Faust, The Big Feast, Stoke-on-Trent 2014
Photo: Clara Lou
Frantic, The Big Feast, Stoke-on-Trent 2014
Frantic, The Big Feast, Stoke-on-Trent 2014
Photo: Clara Lou
Open House, NoFit State Circus, Stoke-on-Trent 2014
Open House, NoFit State Circus, Stoke-on-Trent 2014
Photo: Andrew Billington
Picnic, Longton Park, Stoke-on-Trent 2013
Picnic, Longton Park, Stoke-on-Trent 2013
Photo: Andrew Billington
The Bell by Periplum, Stoke-on-Trent 2014
The Bell by Periplum, Stoke-on-Trent 2014
Photo: Chris Patrick
Play Me, I'm Yours, Stoke-on-Trent 2014
Play Me, I'm Yours, Stoke-on-Trent 2014
Photo: Clara Lou
The Big Feast, Stoke-on-Trent, Appetite 2014
The Big Feast, Stoke-on-Trent, Appetite 2014
Photo: Clara Lou

Where:  Stoke-on-Trent: Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton
With:  New Vic Theatre, Partners in Creative Learning, B Arts, Staffordshire University, Brighter Futures

“Great that someone is showing a bit of initiative because it’s wonderful to see everyone smiling!  Look at all the different communities it’s brought together.”
Audience member, Winterfest

Appetite is a three-year programme, led by the New Vic Theatre, that produces brilliant events, performances and activities designed to get the people of Stoke-on-Trent involved in – and inspired by – the arts. From taster menus to big feasts, it’s putting the public at the heart of everything it does, asking them what they’d like to see and do as well as offering plenty of different ways to get involved.   

At Appetite, there’s no limit to the number of ways people can enjoy the arts or the places where art can happen. From the park to the pub and everywhere in between, this project is organising events and activities in ways that benefit as many people as possible.

Appetite is bringing national and international art to the city to people who may not normally get a chance to see this type of work. Most importantly, it’s enabling people in the community to develop arts projects for themselves. The Community Hubs initiative supports local residents’ associations and other community organisations to co-produce and deliver events with Appetite in their own communities.

So far Appetite has worked with more than 50 partners including the local council, community groups, the City Centre Partnership as well as various galleries, art centres and cultural networks. This has led to an amazing range of shows and activities covering almost every art form, from workshops, exhibitions and street art through to theatre, dance and circus.

Events developed by Appetite have already involved more than quarter of a million participants and audience members. It has also introduced its own special initiatives like Supper Clubs, Appetite Builders and A Cultural Reporter Scheme, helping to make sure it delivers a more relevant and impactful programme of events.