Stoke & Staffordshire

Empty buildings in Stoke-on-Trent to become art galleries and theatres

Empty buildings in Stoke-on-Trent are to be turned into art galleries and theatres as part of a £450,000 scheme.

The money has been awarded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to an arts group partnership to develop a five-year project called Artcity.

Staffordshire University said it hoped it would encourage more students to stay in the city after graduation.

Buildings at the disused coal mine site at Chatterley Whitfield, near Chell, will be the first to be transformed.

B Arts said the buildings at Chatterley Whitfield could be converted into a theatre space or art studio

The partnership includes groups like B Arts, the Airspace Gallery, ReStoke, Staffordshire University and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Mark Webster, from the University, said: "This new scheme could really develop the potential of the city to meet the aspirations of graduating students and allow them to consider Stoke on Trent as the place from which to launch their careers"

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