Place, Space and Identity 3
Over the summer I will be working onPlace, Space and Identity 3 in Stoke-on-Trent.
6 Artists (Rich White, B-Arts, Redhawk Logistica, Daisy Thompson, Lucy Cork and myself) have been commisioned to create projects, performances, installations or artworks that will engage and inspire the people of Stoke to celebrate their many identities, honour the places they are from and beautify the spaces they inhabit.
This unique collaboration between RENEW (the regeneration body for Stoke-on-Trent) and the arts team at Stoke-on-Trent city council, funded by RENEW and the Arts Council England, West Midlands is based on the belief in arts and culture to transform the image of a city for its citizens and for those seeking to live, work and do business there.
Information about all 6 projects can be found at http://www.placespaceidentity.org/
Iwill be working in MIDDLEPORT, LONGPORT AND DALE HALL, STOKE-ON-TRENT.
The work I am undertaking is a large scale intervention into the landscape
From a distance, or from one of the many elevated locations that surround Stoke-on-Trent, pockets of colour reveal themselves. Bright hues ping out from the urban environment, their vibrancy betraying their location. They look small, curved around corners, disappearing along the canal then coming back into view again, stretching across a row of terraced houses. Moving closer and you realise the landscape has been wrapped, cared for, protected.
The wrapped landscape provides a link or a map, that winding through the environment joins places up, and provides the viewer with a route to walk along.
Accompanying this route will be a collection of texts, fragments of stories, anecdotal and fictional that relate to the FABRIC WALK