Stoking Curiosity

Stoking Curiosity is a festival aiming to celebrate being inquisitive, encourage curiosity, and spark ideas, bringing together people from across Staffordshire to get involved in research and debate the big issues that affect them, their communities and the wider world. Stoking Curiosity will build and nurture a community of curious people.


Following on from the success in 2018, Stoking Curiosity will be back in autumn 2019, dates to be announced shortly.  Held at Spode Works, Stoking Curiosity was a festival that built and nurtured a community of curious people in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire. We celebrated being inquisitive, sparked ideas and got involved in research together in our communities. 

 stoking curiosity 2018


The festival was free to attend, with over 50 activities which included playful approaches to making people curious about solutions to plastic waste and exploring the possibilities of futuristic prosthetics.  Exhibitors included academics, artists, creative thinkers and curious people from the local area, all passionate about exploring and sharing knowledge more widely.

Stoking Curiosity was co-organised by a partnership between Keele and Staffordshire Universities, the communities of Stoke-on-Trent and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. Activities took place in the Potbank and Spode Heritage Museum, while across in the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art (ACAVA) studios, many artists opened their workspaces to the public attending the festival.


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