Externalising the Archive
ST4 1QQ Find out more
- Visiting information
- Open during BCB festival:
Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10:30am-4pm
Neil Brownsword leads a multidisciplinary team of artists in creating this ambitious, large-scale and closely researched installation on the Spode Works site, with an adjunct digital laboratory space within the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre. Focussing on the former Spode factory’s plaster moulds, of which there are approximately 70,000 still located on the site, Brownsword reveals the intricacies of these complex heritage assets for public scrutiny.
This multi-faceted project brings together a diverse range of artistic interventions and digital mediations made in response to the former Spode factory’s archives and production histories. Brownsword explores the sites mould collections through a series of installations that intersect the external spaces of the factory. Brownsword re-evaluates the human ingenuity and dexterity held within these tools of mass production in an attempt to draw greater awareness to their future preservation.
Brownsword has also initiated the digital scanning of Spode’s remaining mould stores to offer a virtual reality experience for visitors to navigate their way into buildings and spaces that remain currently inaccessible.
The project has been kindly supported by ACAVA Studios, Spode Museum Trust, m² Gallery, EMRYS, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Staffordshire University, University of Bergen.
Drop-in activity with Spode Moulds
10am – 5pm every day throughout the festival
Head to the Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre and create your own 3D relief using replica sprig moulds from the Spode Museum Trust archive.
10am – 4pm Every Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun throughout the festival
Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre will stage an on-going live research lab which explores the use of new technologies to create 3D digital surrogates in support of the preservation of the former Spode Factory’s collection of Historic Moulds. These will include photogrammetry a method used in the accurate 3D reconstruction of physical objects and environments.
Follow the link to explores the sites’ mould collections and navigate into buildings and spaces that remain currently inaccessible.
British Ceramics Biennial returned to Stoke-on-Trent from 7 September- 13 October in 2019. This international festival of ceramics celebrated its 10th anniversary with an…Festival Read more
‘Who will draw our pots in the future?’ Archaeologists and Ceramicists in Conversation
Join us on October 9th for the ‘Who will draw our pots in the future?’ Archaeologists and Ceramicists in Conversation in the China Hall,…Events Read more
Spode Mould Casting Workshop
Artist: Helen Morgan, Artist and Clay Comrade Join us at the British Ceramics Biennial for a drop-in demonstration and workshop utilising moulds once used…Activities Read more
Spode Works Site: Focus Weekend
Artists: Neil Brownsword, Emma Fellows, Richard Harper, Dr Karina Rodriguez Echavarria In addition to the on-site weekly programme of activities the focus weekend will…Activities Read more