Worcester’s Royal Porcelain Works is back at the heart of the local creativity scene
Worcester’s Royal Porcelain Works is back at the heart of the local creativity scene as an innovative new home for the arts.
The historic Severn Street complex which for many years turned out some of the world’s best loved ceramics is now helping to perpetrate the creative heritage by showcasing everything from the fine arts to live music and drama, working co-operatively alongside Worcester Live, artists and arts organisations.
The reinvention of The Royal Porcelain Works was given an official launch on June 30/July 1, when the public were invited in to explore and enjoy a lively programme of events. They saw for the first time the 140 seat performance venue Henry Sandon Hall, created from the porcelain factory’s former showroom. They relaxed in The Nest, a café/delicatessen serving tasty artisan food & drink, all locally sourced and produced. They saw an expert porcelain painter giving live demonstrations within the studio of the Samuel Driver White Suite. And, they visited foodie stalls and art markets within The Courtyard.
The Royal Porcelain Works now provides venues for creative professionals to showcase their skills by hosting workshops, continuing Worcester’s tradition of producing top class hand crafted arts.
It is also supporting events including:
- Worcester Stands Tall, fun painting of 8 feet high giraffe sculptures around Worcester until September 16, in aid of St Richard’s Hospice redevelopment. You can paint your own mini ceramic giraffe in the studio.
- The Festival Ceilidh, August 24, high octane music with the Orchard Band. The £15 admission includes an uncommonly tasty Scotch egg.
- Open Studios August 25 – 27 with more than 200 artists opening their studios and work spaces to the public.
“We want to be part of the arts scene in Worcester and want everybody to get behind it,” says Marketing Manager Alice Brunt.