Although Brampton Museum is closed due to covid-19 (‘coronavirus’) our website offers information about art and history activities.


Online demonstrations

Watch professional artists and craftspeople create artwork and see the techniques, materials and processes they use. 

Artist: Dan Robbins
Demonstration: Portrait art 
Link: The video can be viewed here
Dan has also created a short video to demonstrate how he creates portraits in ink on ‘khadi’ paper view the video here.
Dan Robbins was featured as a competitor on Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the year, which was shown in March 2020 on Sky Arts. The programme will be also be shown on Channel 4 this summer. After the show was filmed Dan continued work on the portrait and created a short video diary detailing its progress to completion. Image copyright Dan Robbins.

Picture shows black and white painted Portraiture

Artist: Black Star Ceramics 
Demonstration: Ceramic throwing, glazing, firing and online market.
Link: Online live market  Live pottery demo
Black Star Ceramics are hosting regular live Facebook demos and online markets on the Black Star Ceramics Facebook page. There are many videos available on the page. Image copyright Ian Minshull 

Picture shows a potter working at a potters wheel

Online courses and tutorials

Learn a new process or skill and create artwork or items following video tutorials from creative professionals. 


Artist: Beth Barlow
Course: Knitting and watercolour 
Link: Working Title Artists Collective with Beth Barlow and Friends​​
Live classes are aired. The tutor is on hand to give tips and fellow classmates are creating together. The live class then stays on the site for anybody not able to attend the original class. House tutor is Beth Barlow who will share art and craft skills and, dependant on subscriptions, we employ guest artists to create different experiences.
Currently you can watch Knitting Class 1 with tutor Beth Barlow and various watercolour tutorials shot during Beth Barlow's summer residency in France. 
Contact Beth Barlow through the patreon page. Subscribe to get updates and excusive content. Also contact through facebook messenger at or e mail
Previous classes stay on the site permanently. Image copyright Beth Barlow.

Picture shows Beth Barlow
Artist: Kate Windsor for Stoke and North Staffordshire Cultural Education Partnership 
Activity: Free ‘Stokie angel’ colouring sheet.
Link: Free image via twitter here 
Picture shows ‘Stokie angel’ drawing Kate Windsor art.

Artists: Unit Twelve Gallery artists - free makes
Tutorial: Free video tutorials showing how to make a floral crown, paper collar, paper rose, or mini paper house.
Link: Unit Twelve Gallery Image copyright unit twelve.

Picture shows paper flowers

Artist: Belinda Latimer
Courses: Online Creative Connections Courses via zoom
Link:  Belinda Latimer Designs Creative Connections Art Course - facebook

Join Artist, Belinda Latimer, for this 4 week course to enable you to create, express and experiment with a variety of Art and Craft techniques.

In times of trouble, panic and fear, we need to focus on something completely different, full of colour and joy.

I have wanted to create online Art classes for a while, but never took the plunge...until now.

We are sometimes forced to do those things that we fear most. And, out of it can come something beautiful.

It's not just about teaching someone how to blend colours or to draw without taking your pen off the page.... It's about giving someone a reason to step up and try. To take part in something different. To have a creative and emotional space to share everything. To come together and hold space for each other.

Out of the strangest times can come wonderful things... friendships, love and joy.

Using your own Art and Craft kit at home, Belinda will lead the classes in Painting, Drawing, Collage, Mixed Media and Wirework. Should you need any extra kit, Belinda can provide it for you. Just let her know what you need beforehand.

Pencil and rubber.
Watercolour Paint.
Wax crayons.
Pencil crayons.
A4 cartridge paper.
Coloured paper for collage.
Tea bags.
Needles and embroidery thread.
Masking tape/sellotape.
Florists wire. (can be supplied for an extra charge).
Cereal box card

4 x 90 minute sessions of teaching and time to create using ZOOM online video conferencing.

Membership to the Creative Connections Group and gallery, with online support and ideas to inspire.

Extra livestream videos (available after each stream) for you to look at.

We have wonderful creative results, after just one week. The emotional results are immeasurable. 

£30 exchange via BACS in full before course commences.
To book, message Belinda or call on 07545 865217.

Image copyright Belinda Latimer


Picture shows a fabric collage

Artist: Various
Courses: Online masterclasses
Link: Get Creative at Home

Get Creative is a campaign that shines a light on all the great cultural activity that takes place on a regular basis in local communities and encourages people to try their hand at something new and creative. This year, we are using the #GetCreativeAtHome campaign to highlight and promote some of the amazing participatory creative activities that are being developed to help people to express themselves creatively during a time of unprecedented change. At this extremely challenging time, we believe that the power of creativity to unite people and support them to maintain good mental health and connection with others is more important than ever.

If you're looking for ways to get creative remotely, then view our Activities page for hundreds of listings you can filter by art form.

If you're organising remote creative activities at the moment, then add Your Activity to promote this to a bigger audience as part of the #GetCreativeAtHome campaign.

Watch brand new #GetCreativeAtHome Masterclasses with some world famous artists including Sir Antony Gormley, Clare Twomey, Paul Smith and Jools Holland.

Picture shows Get Creative at Home logo
ArtIsts: Various 
Tutorials: Get Creative UK
Link: Get Creative at Home
Picture shows printed art making instructions

Online exhibitions 

View artwork and virtual exhibition tours online.


Exhibition: Online collaborative project called ‘19cm²
Link: 19cm² facebook

During this crazy time where we are all trying to occupy ourselves and those around us with lots of wonderful projects I thought how lovely it would be to get people of all ages and abilities to make creative pieces in response to our current situation and to show our creative and collective defiance to the threat we know as Coronavirus or Covid-19.  Sharing and displaying online for now the idea is to eventually be able to bring them together to present in a large multidisciplinary wall hanging displayed in an exhibition called “19cm²”.

To take part simply get your sleeves rolled up, get creative and inventive and create a piece of work 19cm x 19cm (19cm²). Work in any style, medium or subject you fancy and use any materials you have available to you. 

Here are just a few suggestions of materials you could use;

Old clothes 

Techniques you could use:


It would be great to get as many people involved so feel free to share the page with family and friends.

Picture shows fabric with stitched sequins

Artists: Dawdlers 
Exhibition: Dawdlers e zine
Link: Dawdlers e-zine - Keele University
In this issue, we hear about zine culture and showcase a range of writing and artworks inspired by a Creative Community Walk. The e-zine must be viewed on a computer. 

Founded by Ceri Morgan in June 2017, the Dawdlers are a walking-reading, walking-writing group at Keele University. We combine walking (defined as a range of processes, some of which are bipedal) with creative practices, discussion, sociability and playfulness.

We combine geopoetics (site-responsive creative practices) with other mobilities and spatial approaches: walking interviews, psychogeography, geocriticism, ecocriticism… Each of us has our own adaptation/s of methods Morgan first acquired in 2007 as a member of the geopoetics research group, La Traversée, in Montreal. Like La Traversée, the Dawdlers carry out geopoetics as a collective.

Anyone is welcome to join a Dawdlers activity. Currently, the core group comprises: Dean Brindley, Jen Campion, Amy Coquaz, Sylvia Crawley, Gabriella Gay, Martin Goodhead, Sahil Gufar, Aimee Merrydew, Ceri Morgan, Sophie Powell, Stephen Seabridge, Daniel Skentelbery and Nicola Winstanley.

Artists: Unit Twelve 
Exhibition: various
Link: Unit Twelve Gallery Image copyright unit twelve.
Picture shows textured fabric cubes on a flat surface

Artists: Walter Keeler, Ian Morrison, Tim Hurn, Marcus O’Mahoney, Martin McWilliam, Sarah Walton and Charles Bound.
Exhibition: Salt and Wood
Link: The Clay College Gallery

The Clay College Gallery building is temporarily closed but please join us online instead, where you can browse our current exhibition.  Jess, our knowledgeable and resourceful Gallery Assistant, is available for questions or enquiries regarding any items you are interested in.  Please email her at
You can browse the ceramics that are for sale by visiting our online Shop where we are also selling mugs from the new College Ware, aprons and tools.
Clay College is a not-for-profit organisation, every item sold online helps immensely to keep our beloved college up and running. Image copyright clay college

Picture shows a pottery pouring vessel
Artist: Various 
Exhibition: Projectroom2020 
Link: Projectroom2020
Projectroom2020 is a collaborative online gallery project devised to support artists in showing work during the public health crisis caused by ‘Covid-19’ and the need for ‘social-distancing’ and ‘self-isolation’. Ultimately it is about keeping the gears well-oiled on our micro-cultural economies for the visual arts and contemporary crafts in Scotland while supporting artists and makers in presenting their work in a professional context. Most of all, we hope to help in keeping the ‘creative spark’ alive at a time of great personal and social upheaval. image copyright Emily Coulson.
Picture shows abstract pottery figure

Artist: Peter R. Smith 
Exhibition: Online portfolio
Link: My Portfolio 
An artist who loves telling small stories in their art practice.
 "These are artworks about experiences, the unrequainted moments of life and love what is it? fractured particles in time, an imagination sometimes restrained but always fighting for its own voice" 

image copyright Peter R. Smith

Picture shows the sculpture called Shark Tail

Artist: Lisa Henderson 
Exhibition: Mixed media landscape Artist Lisa Henderson has updated her website. 
Link: Lisa Henderson website

Image copyright Lisa Henderson

Picture shows landscape artwork by Lisa Henderson

Artist: Ruth Singer
Exhibition: Criminal Quilts
Link: Artist Ruth singer has published the ‘Criminal Quilts’ exhibition fully online

Image copyright Ruth Singer.

Picture shows artwork by Ruth Singer

Artist: Various
Exhibition: Art Fund online exhibitions

Link:  Digital doors to museums are officially open. Here's our round-up of exhibitions to visit online, including the highly anticipated Andy Warhol show at Tate Modern and an in-depth look at the work of pioneering feminist artist Judy Chicago at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

Judy Chicago, installation view, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art 2019
Photo: Rob Harris © 2019 Baltic

Picture shows Judy Chicago, art gallery, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art 2019

Funding and resources


Opportunity: Calling all artists! One-month artist commissions available
Link: Festival Stoke
Details: One-month artist commissions available with Festival Stoke, July to October 2020, full info on the website.  

Deadline 6pm, 7 June.

Extract from commission brief:

Artist Fee: £1,250

Theme: 'Creating Art in a Different Landscape'

For each commission an artist will create work, of any art-form, in response to the theme.

The artwork must be available to view by members of the public online and/or in public space and then broadcast online as video, photographs or audio content.

Each commission to run for one month.

We are particularly, interested in receiving proposals:

> That include an outdoor/nature element 
> From people with a wider cultural heritage
> From artists, we have not worked with before

We are looking for proposals that:

-Experiment in creating art in new contexts
-Can be shared online using social media, YouTube, etc.
-Propose working in a new and experimental way, for the artist 
-Provide an opportunity to develop creative practice
-Respond to current global situations and issues
-Are ‘family-friendly’

Proposals must comply with any Coronavirus (Covid-19) UK Government guidance current at the time of the commission

a-n Bursaries: Time Space Money 
a-n is offering bursaries of £500 - £1,500 to help support those whose livelihoods have been impacted by Coronavirus Covid-19. We’re bringing the application process forward for the next round of a-n Bursaries, and are also working with Arts Council England to distribute £300,000 of financial support as part of the programme. Time Space Money is an emergency response fund to support artists and arts organisers to enable them to continue their professional practice at this critical time. 
We encourage applications from artists working in all visual arts disciplines that reflect innovative and ambitious thinking, and arts organisers such as art handlers, technicians, art installers, conservators and restorers, and those who work with artists in the production of their work and exhibitions. This is an open programme for artists and arts organisers - a-n members and non a-n members are eligible to apply. 
See all the details online at: a-n Bursaries: Time Space Money.

Stoke-on-Trent Micro-grants for #GetCreativeAtHome 

Link: Stoke-on-Trent Micro-grants

Remote participation projects in Stoke-on-Trent.

Groups that are not-for-profit and that exist to allow their members to take part in creative cultural activities are eligible to apply for up to £200 to contribute to the costs of helping people Get Creative at Home. Groups of any artistic or creative discipline may apply. Get Creative at Home micro-grants are run by Voluntary Arts England with funding provided by Stoke-on-Trent City Council. 

Applications are open from Friday 24 April to Monday 4 May. This is a competitive fund with only a limited number of awards possible, so we advise early application. We will make grant offers by Friday 8 May at the latest.

Arts Council England Emergency Response Fund:

Follow this link to the full guidance on the ACE emergency funding.
The Arts Council Customer Services Team can help you with the online Grantium form or talk about other ways they can help you. 
The phones are closed for the time being but you can contact The Customer Services Team online  or  e-mail enquiries at Arts Council

Appetite understands that this is a challenging time for everyone and this includes the very particular circumstances of all those working in the arts and culture sector in our area. In these challenging times, we’d like to be useful, to support you where we are able and to share our experience and expertise.

We Can Help
If you are an artist, creative or otherwise working in arts and culture, based in Stoke-on-Trent or Newcastle-under-Lyme that has been affected by Covid-19 and thinking of applying to ACE, Appetite can help. Particularly if you have not applied to Arts Council England before, if you have questions about setting up a Grantium profile (ACE’s application portal) or accessing Arts Council England support, we’re pleased to be offering 1-1 phone or Zoom calls.
We can also support with future planning of activity, sharing digital content or just offer a sounding board, whatever feels useful at this time.

We can also support community groups and other non-arts organisations to consider how you might develop arts programmes now and in the future. Please let us know if you’d like to pick up or start a conversation.
To arrange a phone or Zoom call: e-mail us at Appetite with the following details: name, brief overview of creative or community practice and the key questions/areas you would like to talk with us about. We will get back to you to arrange a suitable time.
Depending on the level of interest, we will aim to get back to you within 3 days for support with Arts Council England’s Grantium and two weeks for other enquiries. Please understand that we are a small team of just two. This is a rolling opportunity, there is no deadline.

Appetite COVID-19 Resource Hub
There are a number of other support organisations and networks in the area and wider region already developing ways to support you and organisations. There will also be some specific areas we might not be able to advise on or where expert advice is already available online. To help steer you we’ve collated a list of resources in Appetite’s COVID-19 Resource Hub. This will be continually updated so please keep checking back.

Appetite’s Home Cooked Menu!
We also want to help keep spirits up and make sure people in Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough are able to access the best in digital arts and culture during this time. We’ve collated some of the most exciting online arts and culture we’ve found in Appetite’s Home Cooked Menu. This will be continually updated too so do keep checking back. Please also get in touch if you having something you would like us to share!
And finally, keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for updates and a daily taste of brilliant online arts and culture!
Talk soon, The Appetite Team


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Last updated 26 May 2020