Spode Works Photography Walk with Haptic/Tacit
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- Visiting information
- Open during BCB festival:
Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays from 10:30am-4pm
Participants should bring their own phones or cameras to take images during the walk.
About Spode Works Photography Walk with Haptic/Tacit
Join artist-led collective Haptic/Tacit on an artist photography walk on the Spode Works site. Explore the environment that inspires and informs the new work they have made for this year’s biennial. Members of the collective and invited artists will lead a photography walk around the Spode Works site, sharing what they see and find creatively stimulating about it.
Participants will be able to take their own photographs and explore this visually rich and interesting site. The group will then gather to share and discuss their images and reflections. There will also be opportunity to view the exhibition with the artists.
The walk is for participants 16 and over and aimed at people with some knowledge of and interest in photography. Specific or technical photography training will not be provided.
Spode Works site and The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre.
Haptic/Tacit members Kim Norton, Jane Cairns and Grant Aston. Haptic/Tacit is a collective of artists, makers, and writers that creates opportunities to make, show, and explore ambitious modern craft through a series of thematically-driven exhibitions, events, and publications.
Kim Norton is trained in Ceramics. A large part of her practice involves working site specifically, exploring scale and making work that impacts the human senses and how we interact with spaces. Materiality is key to the way Kim approaches projects, with an interest in using materials from the locality in their raw state to draw attention to, or reimagine, something that can often be regarded as unimportant or ordinary. This can range from soils, clays, brick or pigments.
Kim Norton website link.
Jane Cairns works in response to her surroundings, the ordinary and everyday of urban life, where she finds an accidental poetry that is often overlooked. Her aim is to translate some of what she sees and to allow others to share the quiet beauty she finds in these humble things.
Jane takes an experimental approach to ceramic processes and materials to create objects with surfaces that apparently carry the traces of time or reflect the colours and textures of neglect.
Jane Cairns website link.
Grant Aston’s work is informed by biology and architecture; the material we are made from and the societies we build around us. Methods of construction hold a powerful intrigue for him, slip oozing from the clay elements to emphasise the joints, repurposed furniture clamped and pegged into place. His energetic pieces have a paradoxical sense of intransigence and malleability, an assemblage of industrial shapes combined with those from the body.
Grant Aston website link.
The walk itself will be around the Spode Works site, on ground level but possibly uneven in areas. Going into any inaccessible areas will be optional and not doing so won’t limit an attendee’s participation in the event. The Spode Museum Trust Heritage Centre is accessible. People can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss their access requirements.
This event is funded by Arts Council England.