The Burslem School of Art

The Burslem School of Art was once the powerhouse in developing world-renowned artist talent within the ceramics industry. For the last five years this 1905 historic Grade-II Listed Building has been run as an arts-based partnership – aimed at advancing education, training & employment and community development opportunities for local employment.

The Burslem School of Art is a self-financing, not for profit arts, community and creative industry development organisation.

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Once the motivating force in developing artistic talent within the ceramics industry, the School of Art boasts a prestigious set of alumni including internationally recognised ceramics designers such as Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper and William Moorcroft.

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The organisation has been operating successfully since it’s refurbishment in 2000 under the guardianship of the organisation partnership (Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Stoke-on-Trent College, Staffordshire University and Burslem Community Development Trust).


Over the past ten years the company has developed and delivered of over 200 arts events and activities, working with diverse communities, artists and issue based community groups. This has been balanced alongside preserving a sustainable social enterprise and heritage asset for the benefit of the communities of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Furthermore, the School of Art has maintained a strong commiment to delivering projects and support programmes aimed at developing creative and associated industries in the West Midlands.

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The School of Art offers rooms to community groups starting at ?8 per hour for one of their beautiful training or arts spaces. In addition, small design and business studios are also available for rent. Feel free to give us a call and find out which of our spaces would suit your needs best.

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