Interesting news for arts infrastructure and development in the area… Let’s watch this space -
I hope for some exciting fresh, accessible, engaging, high quality, imaginative and inspiring ideas and actions over the next 3 years that will hopefully make more people feel the benefit of what arts can do.
And in 3 years time lets hope that people can look back and say they felt it was a good use of money – because inevitably, in the current climate, people will think that this is a lot of cash, so the projects will probably come under quite a bit of scrutiny from the media and those who need convincing by art in general.
Well done to everyone in the consortium for getting this cash , this could potentially be a brilliant and brave new step for Stoke on Trent…. and good luck!
And if anyone reading this (you) gets a chance to be involved- get involved, money like this doesn’t come by that often
The Stoke 100 parade, organised by B arts, took place on Wednesday 30th June 2012.
A welcoming procession for the 2012 Olympic Torch and it’s arrival into Stoke on Trent later that evening.
This parade, the Stoke 100, was all about community – the schools and colleges coming together with dancers and singers and musicians from across the city, volunteers stewarding the route, handing out water bottles, keeping everyone happy and on track, jigging along to the music and having a great time with flags and costumes to add amazing colour to Stoke on Trent. It was such a great atmosphere.
People were gushing about how happy they were to be there, to be involved in such a huge coming together if people.
Teachers with their school children were so happy with how it had been organised and some were even getting quite emotional about how wonderful they felt to be there.
This is what the Olympics is good at, no matter what country wins whatever medals… Its all about people and what you can achieve.
Not content with decorating Northwood Park with a fabulous textile tree installation back in October 2011 for the B arts Harvest event, Rachel Grant is up to her tree-tastic tricks again…
This time Rachel is using fabric and a sewing machine rather than knitting needles and wool. She is making preparations for her next outdoor art installation by getting involved with all the renovation activity in Burslem Park.
Check out Rachel’s blog posts for updates and any requests for help, and find out how you can get involved or how to enjoy the final results when they will be displayed this summer.
Rachel has also been part of the Godiva Awakes team for Coventry’s Olympic 2012 celebrations. The results of that special collaboration with other makers and artists, including designer Zandra Rhodes are guaranteed to be amazing.
If you’ve not heard about Rachel’s work before why not read the interview with Rachel Grant and Paine Proffitt that was posted on Dappled Sky a few months ago.
If you were lucky enough to get a seat at the Harvest performances in Northwood Park at the weekend , by B arts these scenes will bring back warm memories, from the moment you walked into the bowling green, the scene was set by a wonderful sparkling tree bedecked with knitted patchwork and covered in baubles containing hopes and dreams from local people – all pulled together by artist Rachel Grant.
It was a moving story of a broken family that eventually remembered, when it was all too late, how they once laughed and shared around the kitchen table. Under-pinned by the tale of the struggling bees across the world, we were delighted by the Staffordshire honey sauce on the pudding, loved the ceramics and burning hives by Martin Brockman and his fellow ceramicists,enjoyed the warmth of a burning fire and gently cupped our hands around handmade terracotta cups filled with spiced apple drink… we danced, we laughed we even cried a little bit maybe.
Lets explore more bee-autiful things…
- Take a look into Q Cassetti’s honey inspired album – beautiful imagery
- Get poetic with Carol Ann Duffy‘s latest offering “The Bees” ( ISBN 9780330442442 Publisher – Picador )
- Snuggle down with a gritty kitchen sink drama from the 60′s – get on the sofa with a cuppa and Rita Tushingham in the vintage classic “A Taste of Honey“
( Oh should’ve said – Don’t watch this clip if you’ve not see it before … it’ll ruin the ending. oooops!)
More British Ceramics Biennial news…
A few more pieces of beautiful artwork from the festival
B arts had another really busy ceramics workshop weekend at The BCB (15th&16th Oct)- over 67 people took part in hands-on mucky clay activity. There were lots of happy faces and lots of excitement about the forthcoming B arts event called Harvest. The ceramics created at the workshops will become part of Harvest the show. For more information about the Harvest show and how to book a ticket check out B arts website.
The workshop participants were in the middle of a busy hub-hub, as happy clicking Chinese visitors for the Province of Zibo took a tour of the site and exhibition. The visitors had specifically come to see the Spode site and BCB exhibition due to the exhibition they are currently hosting in Surrey about ceramics from their own Chinese history and current industry. This exercise was a diplomatic exchange regards the ceramics industry in Stoke on Trent and in Zibo and ideas for the future – or at least discussion and cultural exchange. Accompanied by MP Tristram Hunt, Stoke on Trent Council officers and dignitaries and Directors from the BCB – everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves with teas serves in Burleigh ware and photographing the exhibits (plus photographing the customers in the café and the workshop participants) – life became art for a moment!
Participants were also interviewed by Chinese television company. It was all quite bizarre and lovely at the same time.