EX-FACTORY – a KULES Residency Project
November 8th-29th, 2014 – Opening Event November 8th, 1pm-4pm
KULES is a new residency programme in Stoke-on-Trent aiming to provide venues and environments for artistic research. Utilising the disused industrial spaces throughout the city rather than establishing a rural retreat, KULES intends to be a public facing, urban project with a strong learning element that builds connections to local schools, colleges and communities.
During Stoke-on-Trent’s current transitional phase of redevelopment, vacated properties and brownfield sites provide unique opportunities for new projects. While such spaces still exist KULES aims to capitalise on their potential, becoming an itinerant presence in the city, moving from venue to venue with each new intake of artists.
Commissioned by AirSpace Gallery and supported by Arts Council England and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation through ArtCity, this first year of KULES has seen five invited, internationally acclaimed artists create a new body of work whilst living, working and teaching in the city.
The resulting exhibition Ex-Factory, is a group show housed in the disused 3000 square metre Olympus Engineering building on College Road in Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent.
The exhibition has a special opening event, free and open to everyone on 8th November, 2014 from 1pm-4pm, with music and refreshments, where you will get to see the works, meet the artists and also get to see the possibilities for the re-purposing of currently closed and unused ex factory buildings in the city.
4 Broad Street