Case Studies

Lifetimes in Clay

  • Artist(s):
    Led by ceramics artist Denise O'Sullivan and Letting in the Light, with writer Pam Sandford. Letting in the Light are a visual arts company specialising in digital media
  • Artform(s):
    Ceramics, visual arts, digital media and creative writing
  • Commissioner(s):
    The Cultural Development Team at Stoke-on-Trent City Council
  • Funder(s):
    The Arts Council, West Midlands Lottery Funding, supported by Thomas Boughey Children's Centre Parents Forum, Stoke-on-Trent Council Cultural Development Team, Growthpoint and H&R Johnson
  • Venue(s):
    Thomas Boughey Children's Centre, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Duration:
    The project took place over four months
  • Health Need(s):
    Raising awareness and forging community links to encourage the local community to make full use of the services at the Children's Centre
Summary:
Artists worked independently and collaboratively to deliver interactive workshops to the communities in and around Thomas Boughey Children’s Centre.

Project Information

Artists worked both independently and collaboratively delivering interactive workshops to the communities in and around Thomas Boughey Children’s Centre over a two-month period. A series of workshops were specifically developed and tailored to the groups taking part.

The artists worked both independently and collaboratively delivering interactive workshops to the communities in and around Thomas Boughey Children’s Centre over a two-month period. A series of workshops were specifically developed and tailored to the groups taking part.

This was a period of intense activity during which the artists engaged the groups in taking photographs, making photo-stories, gathering words, recording conversations, playing games, following blue lines, painting plates, throwing ceramic vessels and making vibrant silk panels.

The creative activity led to the production of various temporary and permanent displays, which were mounted around the centre. All the work produced fed into the permanent ceramic artworks constructed and installed outside the entrance. Within these pieces you can find elements from the work produced by all the groups, be it the blue line story, or images selected from the plate painting, the projection process, or the silk banners.

The ceramic tile installations on the seats , paving and walls leading up to the entrance have both enhanced and raised awareness of the centre as well as creating a meeting point. There is a recognition that this work has contributed to community cohesion and the children’s centre is very keen to build on the creative work and outcomes of the project and is working with the partners and artists to look for further funding to develop the work in the centre and with the local community. 

For more information on the artists please refer to www.lettinginthelight.org.uk and www.deniseosullivan.com

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