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Trade School Dudley

Trade School is great way of sharing skills and talents. Anyone can teach something they are skilled at, or passionate about. Learners ‘pay’ for class with a small barter item. Trade School celebrates local wisdom, mutual respect, and the social nature of exchange.

Trade School Dudley launched in July 2016 and classes have included keeping urban chickens, learning to crochet, understanding modern art, and upcycling wooden pallets. Barter items have ranged from seeds to chocolate, notebooks to wool and buttons.

CoLab Dudley supports local people to run Trade School classes. Classes are arranged over a 2-3 day period every few months, including weekday daytimes, after school, evenings and weekends. Classes also run on an ad hoc basis throughout the year, as they are offered by teachers. Sign up to teach a class or join us to plan classes which will take place in October.


Trade School Dudley data
  • 22 classes have been held to date
  • 19 different people have taught classes
  • 103 people of all ages have been involved
  • 162 places filled in classes

Inspiration and global collective

Trade School started in January of 2009 as an experiment by a group of New York City artists. The Trade School network is a collective of self-organized barter-for-knowledge schools across the world. Dudley is now among these!


Bringing Trade School to Dudley borough

In 2013 an open session on How to Start a Trade School was run at Wrens Nest Community Centre. 9 residents got together to found Trade School Wrens Nest and ran 2 successful full days of Trade School classes. Following that classes popped up occasionally in the community centre.

In summer 2016 CoLab Dudley team members found Trade School teachers in both Coseley and Dudley and seven fantastic classes were run in everything from keeping urban chickens to dancing, baking and hair styling. Trade School Dudley classes have continued to be offered, from languages to crafts, gardening to modern art. Barter items have ranged from seeds to chocolate, notebooks to wool and buttons.


 Sign up to teach a class

There are some tips on the Trade School Dudley Teach a Class page and notes on some available Venues. The coffee shop, Inspiration Lab, Workshop and garden at gather on Dudley High Street area available weekdays and Saturdays for classes  in October.