Restoke is an arts organisation who put the people of Stoke-on-Trent at the heart of artistic adventures.

We produce performances in surprising locations - from pottery factories to disused chapels, from swimming pools to a working mens club…

We work with people of Stoke and professional artists in dance, music and spoken-word to co-create our performances and programmes, driven by the stories, talents and commitment of those who take part. 

Feel free to get in touch on info@restoke.org.uk

Read on to find out more about who we are!

RESTOKE  Core Team

Clare Reynolds, Co-artistic Director  Clare trained at Trinity-Laban in Dance Theatre and also holds an MA in Community & Participatory Arts. As an independent dance artist Clare created, delivered & performed dance in a wide range of community settings and with people of all ages and experience levels.  Clare co-founded Restoke in 2009. As well as choreographing & directing our shows Clare leads the participatory aspects of the work and travels around the UK sharing our learning.

Clare Reynolds, Co-artistic Director

Clare trained at Trinity-Laban in Dance Theatre and also holds an MA in Community & Participatory Arts. As an independent dance artist Clare created, delivered & performed dance in a wide range of community settings and with people of all ages and experience levels.

Clare co-founded Restoke in 2009. As well as choreographing & directing our shows Clare leads the participatory aspects of the work and travels around the UK sharing our learning.

Paul Rogerson, Co-artistic Director  Paul has a background in music production, composition and community music delivery, working with institutions including Town Hall/Symphony Hall Birmingham and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Paul composes music for film, animation, theatre and dance as well as being inventor of interactive musical instrument Khoros.  Paul co-founded Restoke in 2009. As well as composing for an directing our shows Paul's expertise are in technical production & finances!

Paul Rogerson, Co-artistic Director

Paul has a background in music production, composition and community music delivery, working with institutions including Town Hall/Symphony Hall Birmingham and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Paul composes music for film, animation, theatre and dance as well as being inventor of interactive musical instrument Khoros.

Paul co-founded Restoke in 2009. As well as composing for an directing our shows Paul's expertise are in technical production & finances!

Sarah Nadin, Marketing Manager  Sarah hails from a visual arts background, training as a graphic designer before developing a career in public art and creative consultation with Winstanley-Nadin, working with a range of communities and clients across the UK and abroad. Sarah is now marketing manager for Middleport Pottery alongside her work with Restoke.  Sarah co-founded Restoke in 2009 and is responsible for marketing, branding, website, PR & attracting sponsorship.

Sarah Nadin, Marketing Manager

Sarah hails from a visual arts background, training as a graphic designer before developing a career in public art and creative consultation with Winstanley-Nadin, working with a range of communities and clients across the UK and abroad. Sarah is now marketing manager for Middleport Pottery alongside her work with Restoke.

Sarah co-founded Restoke in 2009 and is responsible for marketing, branding, website, PR & attracting sponsorship.

Sarah Richardson, Projects Manager  Sarah trained as a contemporary dancer at Trinity-Laban before shifting into theatre and joining the New Vic Theatre’s education team in 2005 as Education Theatre Practitioner. She has extensive experience of managing and delivering participatory projects. Sarah also produces her own work as an independent theatre-maker, the focus of which is always to create opportunities that enable everyone to access the arts.  Sarah joined the Restoke team in 2017, her roles include strategic management, fundraising & coordination.

Sarah Richardson, Projects Manager

Sarah trained as a contemporary dancer at Trinity-Laban before shifting into theatre and joining the New Vic Theatre’s education team in 2005 as Education Theatre Practitioner. She has extensive experience of managing and delivering participatory projects. Sarah also produces her own work as an independent theatre-maker, the focus of which is always to create opportunities that enable everyone to access the arts.

Sarah joined the Restoke team in 2017, her roles include strategic management, fundraising & coordination.


RESTOKE Associate Artists

Anna Belyavin - Dance Artist & Youth Dance Lead.  Anna is a freelance dance artist based in Shropshire trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Anna works as a performer, choreographer, teacher, facilitator and leader with children, young people and adults. As a performer, Anna has worked with a number of companies and choreographers, including Restoke, Shropshire Inclusive Dance, Infuse Dance, Cheshire Dance, Frank McDaniels Dance and Birmingham Opera Company. Anna also works on the Centre for Advanced Dance Training at DanceXchange, Birmingham - a dance training programme for aspiring dancers aged 11-18.  Anna joined Restoke as a company dancer in 2011, she will be taking the lead on our new youth programme for 12-18 year olds starting in September 2018.

Anna Belyavin - Dance Artist & Youth Dance Lead.

Anna is a freelance dance artist based in Shropshire trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Anna works as a performer, choreographer, teacher, facilitator and leader with children, young people and adults. As a performer, Anna has worked with a number of companies and choreographers, including Restoke, Shropshire Inclusive Dance, Infuse Dance, Cheshire Dance, Frank McDaniels Dance and Birmingham Opera Company. Anna also works on the Centre for Advanced Dance Training at DanceXchange, Birmingham - a dance training programme for aspiring dancers aged 11-18.

Anna joined Restoke as a company dancer in 2011, she will be taking the lead on our new youth programme for 12-18 year olds starting in September 2018.

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Mike Walsh - Musician

Mike graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015 with a First Class degree in Music, following which he lectured for two years across their Contemporary Arts programmes.

For the last five years Mike has worked as a freelance musician, most recently composing and performing with his experimental trio Owte and working with local community arts group Art Brasil. 

Mike has worked with Restoke since 2013 performing, composing and accompanying workshops.

Nicola Winstanley - Creative Evaluator  Nicola Winstanley is a freelance Artist with 8 years experience working in public art and community consultation. She has used illustration, sculpture, animation, street based installations, publications, talks and events to demonstrate the value of art in everyday life.  Having cut her teeth in her home town of Stoke-on-Trent, she has a particular interest in working class communities and the sociological effects of urban geography, town planning and cultural provision in post industrial cities.  Nicola joined Restoke on You Are Here 2016, producing a creative evaluation report which can be seen  HERE   For Man Up Nicola is also creating an exhibition offering a deeper insight into Restoke's process and the experiences of the men who participate.   www.nicwinstanley.com

Nicola Winstanley - Creative Evaluator

Nicola Winstanley is a freelance Artist with 8 years experience working in public art and community consultation. She has used illustration, sculpture, animation, street based installations, publications, talks and events to demonstrate the value of art in everyday life.

Having cut her teeth in her home town of Stoke-on-Trent, she has a particular interest in working class communities and the sociological effects of urban geography, town planning and cultural provision in post industrial cities.

Nicola joined Restoke on You Are Here 2016, producing a creative evaluation report which can be seen HERE

For Man Up Nicola is also creating an exhibition offering a deeper insight into Restoke's process and the experiences of the men who participate.

www.nicwinstanley.com

Jenny Harper - Photographer  Jenny Harper is a freelance documentary photographer and videographer from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. She has collaborated with other artists on projects such as The Face of Stoke-on-Trent and her work has been displayed in several exhibitions, including a solo exhibition in Stoke-on-Trent in 2015. Her non-intrusive, unposed approach is sensitive to the subjects being photographed and provides an authentic representation of their experiences.  Jenny is a member of the Photographers Collective North Staffordshire and has experience of leading photography workshops and photowalks and creating photobooks.  First joining Restoke in 2016 on 'You Are Here' Jenny has since documented all our projects, workshops and events.  www.jennyharperphotography.com

Jenny Harper - Photographer

Jenny Harper is a freelance documentary photographer and videographer from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. She has collaborated with other artists on projects such as The Face of Stoke-on-Trent and her work has been displayed in several exhibitions, including a solo exhibition in Stoke-on-Trent in 2015. Her non-intrusive, unposed approach is sensitive to the subjects being photographed and provides an authentic representation of their experiences.

Jenny is a member of the Photographers Collective North Staffordshire and has experience of leading photography workshops and photowalks and creating photobooks.

First joining Restoke in 2016 on 'You Are Here' Jenny has since documented all our projects, workshops and events.

www.jennyharperphotography.com

Gabriella K A Gay (GKA Gay) - Poet  Born in Trinidad, raised in London, but made in Stoke-on-Trent. She is a writer, teacher, spoken word artist and community activist who channels her feelings about place, politics, identity and the everyday into passionate poems full of colour and rhythm.  Since graduating with a 1st class degree in English Literature & Psychology from Keele University her practice has been rooted in community. Founder of Stoke's roaming poets, a group of local poets who take poetry to the streets. Gabriella has headlined poetry nights around the country, is regularly commissioned to write or organise poetry events and she was the local poet in residence for Voices Nationwide. Gabriella was short-listed to be the first poet laureate of Stoke-on-Trent.  Gabriella participated in Restoke's performances before finding her voice as a spoken-word artist. Lead writer and poet for You Are Here, she has also led workshops, sourced and styled costumes and installations for us!

Gabriella K A Gay (GKA Gay) - Poet

Born in Trinidad, raised in London, but made in Stoke-on-Trent. She is a writer, teacher, spoken word artist and community activist who channels her feelings about place, politics, identity and the everyday into passionate poems full of colour and rhythm.

Since graduating with a 1st class degree in English Literature & Psychology from Keele University her practice has been rooted in community. Founder of Stoke's roaming poets, a group of local poets who take poetry to the streets. Gabriella has headlined poetry nights around the country, is regularly commissioned to write or organise poetry events and she was the local poet in residence for Voices Nationwide. Gabriella was short-listed to be the first poet laureate of Stoke-on-Trent.

Gabriella participated in Restoke's performances before finding her voice as a spoken-word artist. Lead writer and poet for You Are Here, she has also led workshops, sourced and styled costumes and installations for us!

 
 
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Restoke - Board Members

Lotika Singha - Chair of Trustees

Lotika Singha - Chair of Trustees

Ayad Al-Ani - Trustee

Ayad Al-Ani - Trustee

Teresa Pattison - Trustee

Teresa Pattison - Trustee

Tony Jones - Trustee

Tony Jones - Trustee


Beatriz Carolina Brett Sanchez - Trustee

Beatriz Carolina Brett Sanchez - Trustee

RESTOKE  Annual Reports available online - click the dates below.

2017 - Annual Report

2018 - Annual Report

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