Posts tagged ‘Artists’

August 16th, 2011

Volunteers required for Place, Space and Identity 3

by Gemma

Place, Space and Identity 3 artist Anoushka Athique is looking for volunteers to work with her on the installation of her Fabric Walk in Middleport at the beginning of September.

When: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th September 2011

Where: Midland Heart Offices, Duncalf Street, Burslem and outside in streets/parks

Times: 10am – 1.30pm or 1.30pm – 5pm (or full days if available) Lunch and Tea breaks are included.

Anoushka is looking for a small team of four people per day to work on the preparation and installation of her fabric walk in and around Middleport and surrounding areas.

1st September: Indoors – cutting fabric, some basic machine sewing and making eyelets.

2nd, 3rd and 4th: Outdoor working and this will quite physical and involve walking, tying, attaching the fabric and working at ground and head level.

Some basic sewing skills are desirable but not essential as it is more important that you don’t mind working outside and are comfortable with small amounts of problem solving.

Suitable for people who are interested in landscape art, installation, site-specific art.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed, tea and coffee will be provided and those doing full days with the artist will have lunch paid for.

For more information or to be involved in this great project email: aathique[at]hotmail[dot]com

More about the project and Anoushka:

I am an Artist working on the Place Space and Identity Project that is running across Stoke on Trent this summer.  I am working in particular in the Middleport, Longport and Dalehall areas and over the next few weeks I am going to be creating a Fabric Walk.  It is going to be a large scale temporary artwork that will aesthetically transform the area.  Based on collected stories and memories about the are I am going the making a new route through the town , mapping it out by wrapping natural and urban features in Fabric.

‘Fabric Walk’ explores the idea that sewing, wrapping, repairing, folding, covering  are inherently caring and restorative actions and combines this with the the act of walking; a physical challenge to the occupation with speed and having to get places fast.

Short Biog

Anoushka is a multi-disciplinary artist with a background in theatre design.  At its heart her work is about telling stories that connect our imagination with the environment.   The world we inhabit from the proximity of our bed to the wall, to the volcanoes in the pacific make us who we are.   Through hand-made objects, drawings and interventions into the landscape Anoushka seeks to reconnect with this world: approaching it from the view of an explorer seeing it for the first time and turning its naive qualities into something strange and wonderful.

Since graduating from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Scenography, Anoushka has undertaken a broad spectrum of projects in the UK and internationally.  Work has included The Barber of Seville in Mexico – awarded city prize for best scenography; the performance walks Mobile Machinoeki and Fabulous Walks in Devon and her first solo exhibition at the Wellington Arts Centre, New Zealand.

For more information or to be involved in this great project email: aathique[at]hotmail[dot]com

August 2nd, 2011

This weekend – Meadow: a performance by Daisy Thompson

by Gemma

Gemma, project manager from The Exchange is working on Place, Space and Identity 3 – details on this website:

Place, Space and Identity 3 sees the artist Daisy Thompson perform with a community of dancers from 6 to 60 this Sunday on the former Spode Works site at 2pm and 3.30pm (3.30pm includes a post-show talk for those of you interested in managing a commission and working with the community).

It’s FREE, but booking is essential due to the nature of the Spode site.


Flyer below.

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June 13th, 2011

Calling all budding Creative Entrepreneurs!!

by Gemma

As part of Place, Space and Identity 3 we are offering Metapod Be Effective to all budding creative entrepreneurs!

Are you a musician, fashion designer, jeweller, graphic artist, web designer, game-maker, milliner, ceramicist, performer, artist, textile worker, creative writer, dancer, film maker?

Do you want to start a business using your talent doing the things you love?

Over the last 10 years Metapod has been supporting creative individuals and businesses in starting up, maintaining and expanding their businesses. We’ve done this through training, seminars and by networking events, led not by accountants and business advisers, but by creative, entrepreneurial people in the region who have been there and done it.

To see the full details of the Metapod click here.

Cost – FREE

Venue – Mitchell Arts Centre, Broad Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 4HG

Here is the Application Form.

May 15th, 2011

On Sale: Andrew Flint

by Marcus

We have exciting and original Artwork on Sale by A flint.

Here are some pictures of the work.

Pale Fox. £175.

For more information on Andrew please visit his blog on

Or google Gwyddion Flint.

May 15th, 2011

On Sale: Craig Knott.

by Marcus

We have brand new art on Sale at the Exchange.

Craig’s work is incredibly vibrant colourful and abstract. His pieces are based on personal memories and emotions expressed through paint.  Revelling in a freedom of thought and exploration of colour, in a both playful and chaotic manner.

“My works are arts great adventure. Original and valued pieces influenced by my life. Colourfully passionate in feeling

They capture time’s variety in various forms. They are personal and emotional moments whereby I express life’s creativeness.
I have always had such enjoyment from painting and it feels like I am giving a piece of my mind through a canvass and painting brush. The canvas being anything that one could place a brush too. A journey though life’s gifts expressive and fulfilments, feeling the need to create.”

May 14th, 2011

Opportunity: Documentation Artist for PSI 3

by Gemma

Place, Space and Identity is looking for a Documentation Artist to work with the upcoming six artists commissions in Meir, City Centre North, City Centre South, Knutton Cross Heath, Middleport and Stoke Town.

Details of the opportunity and how to apply can be downloaded here. Please note the closing date for applications for the Documentary Artist is Monday 30th May.

For more information about Place, Space and Identity please visit the temporary site here.

May 5th, 2011

Avenue of portraits.

by Marcus

Congratulations to our Studio Artist Behjat who’s work is currently on display at the Hayward Gallery in London, and on the Southbank in the “Avenue of Portraits” as part of the Festival of Britain.

This is amazing news.

For full information and pictures of the exhibit please visit

For more info on the festival of Britain:

April 29th, 2011

Calling all Artisans!!! To the Networking Brunch.

by Marcus



The Exchange,

No 8 Cheapside,


The Exchange, a venue for local contemporary artists is having a get together.

All artists and associates are invited to come along to meet others, do a bit of networking and share ideas. Discover what events are occurring in the area, and perhaps help make things happen.

The Brunch will be held on Saturday, 7th May 2011 between the hours of 11 am and 3pm. The event will cost £2.00 per head. We will supply a light meal of pancakes, fruit, yoghurt, cereal as well as juice, coffee and tea.

If the event is successful, it will become a regular occurrence for all Stoke on Trent artists to come together.

We are hoping that the event will open proactive avenues where there will be discussions, teaching sessions and demonstrations.

Please RSVP

Contact Charlene Holmes

Tel: 07891510032 E:mail:

Please pay in advance at The Exchange No8 Cheapside. Hanley

Open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m-5.30pm

April 13th, 2011

On Sale: Jon Brayford

by Gemma

The Exchange has new stock from Photographer Jon Brayford. Below are the images of the work and his descriptions of the work.


Shatter is composed of images photographed at the now derelict Longmans meat sales factory near the new Tesco development in Hanley. Many hundreds of animals where slaughterd here and as a long time vegetarian i wanted to convey a feeling of destruction both of the building itself and of the lives lost.


Lost was inspired by Miltons poem (Paradise Lost) but is intended to be more of a comment on how we have lost touch with ourselves in a rapidly changing world.

About Jon:

I am a photographer living and working in Stoke-on-Trent. I am primarily a landscape photographer I have exhibited work at the three counties at Keele University achieving several awards and sales. I have recently been exploring new techniques in digital art which are represented here in these two new works.

The work will be available to see on our full walls this week – why not come in to see them for yourselves. Both priced at £70.00.

April 5th, 2011

On Sale: The Nosuch Disco

by Gemma

We’ve got an ever expanding stock here at The Exchange, and we’ve added The Nosuch Disco to the collection.

Here is what The Nosuch Disco has to say about himself….

I am The Nosuch Disco! but you can call me Dave. I am an artist based in Stoke on Trent and I like to create colourful little characters!

You will probably already know me as the guy that made the book Waldo the Worm. You know, the worm with a fin that can swim. You can learn more about him buy going here

Back to business, at The Nosuch Disco you will find all sorts of artwork that i would like to call funky! or weird, but generally colourful and interesting.

Aside from that I am your average 16 year old boy trapped in the body of a 31 year old man. Just to clarify, I am 31. I love Queen, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Smiths. I always wanted to be the lead singer in a band, but i can’t actually sing for toffee! so I have decided to just look like one, and if anyone asks I just tell them that i AM a singer in a band!

Come along and see the work for yourselves, the prices start at £69.99.