Factory Nights 2011-12



Now in its 3rd year, Factory Nights continues to be an innovative approach to commissioning art and inspiring collaboration. Factory Nights are experimental and spontaneous creative sessions for groups of creative people and are held in interesting spaces or ‘hidden gems’. Each Factory Night is completely different depending on the mix of attendees and the venue. People who attend are encouraged to get out of the session what they need whether that is making new contacts, gathering research on the venue, sharing current ideas or gaining feedback them.

The Factory Nights events are being held in interesting venues throughout West Midlands, North East and have even been delivered in India and Peru during Nov 2011. There are also travel bursaries available to artists who want to attend Factory Nights from outside the region/s. After each Factory Night, attendees can apply to the Unique Opportunities fund for bursaries to conduct research residencies, a collaboration, or production of a new work all which respond to the Factory Night venue.

rednile have launched a FACTORY OUTLET on www.etsy.com to sell limited edition work produced during the Factory Nights programme and are also delivering FACTORY IDEAS, a twitter project which involves tweeting a new idea every day for 1 year. See our homepage for more info.
As in past Factory Nights programmes, a publication and evaluation will also be produced which will be available to view online.



cath keay copy

Factory Night Unique Commission: Inspired by the Factory Night held in Dundas House, Middlesbrough, artist Cath Keay is developing a contemporary beehive project which responds to Modernist architecture in the town. Dec 2012 – Summer 2013

helen and Stef copy

Factory Night Unique Commission: Motion sensor photography by Helen Stead and atmospheric soundscape composed by Stef Conner in response to Staffordshire Hoard and Saxon Pilgrimage. Early 2013


Factory Night @Dundas House, Middlesbrough – an experimental, site responsive ‘making’ weekend. June 2012


Factory Night Unique Commission: Ever Present: A mapping project by Luce Choules and Adam Stock. Eston Hills, July 2012

Speed of Reaction event Roker

Factory Night Unique Commission: Speed of Reaction interactive event by Yolanda de Los Bueis in Roker, Sunderland. Aug 2012

joyce and deb copy

Factory Night Unique Commission: New collaboration for visual artists Deborah Gardner and Joyce Iwaszko at Burslem Branch Canal, Sept 2012.

old bank copy

Factory Night@ Longton Old bank- experimental ‘making and site responsive’ session. July 2012


Factory Night @ Boulby Potash mine, May 2012

BCB residency banner copy

Factory Night Unique Commission:Artists in Residence Sun Ae Kim,David Booth and Holly Corfield Carr at Spode Factory during British Ceramics Biennial, Nov 2011

Staffordshire hoard by candle light

Factory Night @ Staffordshire Hoard – Trentham Gardens Saxon site. June 2012