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#Chumbrella- The Power of the Chat

#Chumbrella- The Power of the Chat

When by chance I bumped into Sarah Nadin at the Burslem School of Art in 2008 I could never have known how important it would be. She was hanging photographs for an exhibition that my (then) boyfriend was showing at too. We did know each other loosely through our mutual friend Megan,…

The art of communication- A thought experiment

The art of communication- A thought experiment

How can I create art in the public realm that communicates clearly to it’s audience? The research project I’ve been working on over the past 2 months grew from this question and out of the anxiety that, regardless of my ability to identify what is important to people, if I can’t communicate it…

From Appearing into Being

From Appearing into Being

One of the unmistakable draws of any town or city centre is shopping, and it heavily controls how we use these public spaces (as we discovered in this previous blog post). People sometimes shop out of necessity but more interestingly people shop for pleasure. But what is at the root…

“The Hacienda Must Be Built”

“The Hacienda Must Be Built”

While ever-present ‘social networking’ dominates our online lives it could be said that our real, physical interactions are becoming fewer, more niche and more isolated from each other. It is easy to see why; Our thirst for companionship, connection and validation can be quenched at the tap of a screen. The convenience of…

We need to talk about Hanley…and the living body.

We need to talk about Hanley…and the living body.

During my recent interview with the Urban Planner, Mick Downs, I asked a series of questions about the geography of the area I’m studying and the validity of some of the artistic methods I am developing. My next question was What, geographically speaking, prevents the people of Stoke-on-Trent connecting with each other…

Geography, motives and ideas on permaculture

Geography, motives and ideas on permaculture

Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Mick Downs, Director of Urban Vision CIC, based in Burslem Stoke-on-Trent. I had some questions for him regarding the geography of Stoke-on-Trent and whether the physicality of the city has an impact on the social and cultural quality of the city. In…

Questioning the Community #1 Q. 5

Questioning the Community #1 Q. 5

The last question of my first public survey was Out and About in Stoke-on-Trent, Where is your most favorite place to go?   I can’t say I was surprised by these results, they show that people like to get out of the city into a more natural state, which is arguably…

Questioning the Community #1 Q. 3&4

Questioning the Community #1 Q. 3&4

The second instalment of my first round of public questioning concerns how people act and react in their town centres. 50 members of the public were asked When you’re out shopping in town, how do you go about it?   This chart represents the answers I got, which shows an…