Factory is a free professional development programme for creatives in Staffordshire, delivered in partnership between Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, Staffordshire University, British Ceramics Biennial and ACAVA. The programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Every month, established artists and other professionals deliver practical and interactive workshops online. The participants are encouraged to meet in breakout rooms, which offers an opportunity for networking.


Sessions 2020-21

  • From Physical to Digital (delivered at the beginning of the pandemic)
  • Funding and Finance
  • Photography for Artists Whilst in Lockdown
  • How to Win at Social Media (delivered by ACAVA artist Mel Bose)
  • Socially Engaged Art: Extending Your Practice to Work With the Public (delivered by ACAVA artist Alice Thatcher)
  • Setting up a Studio Space (delivered by colleague and ACAVA artist Dan Southward)
  • How to Price Your Work
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • Networking (delivered by ACAVA artist Rebecca Davies)
  • Creative Recovery – How can artists, arts organisations and addiction recovery services work together?
  • How to Write Artist Statements
  • Prepare to Sell Your Work / Selling Online
  • Photographing Your Work (delivered by ACAVA artist Ben Farr)

All notes and resources from previous sessions and speakers can be accessed here.
Visit the webpage dedicated to Factory by the British Ceramics Biennial here.






Image: Sheffield University MA Architecture Students, visiting Nicola Winstanley's 2017 artist residency exhibition, Evolving Spode Works.