Growing Cultures: CLAY Museum

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As part of the project, BCB education manager Natalie Armitage worked with Associate Artist Joanna Hejmej and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Over the course of a week, 300 students from ten different schools across the city took part in Growing Cultures workshops resulting in over 300 ceramic bacteria cells created to help students learn about the different types of bacteria. Students had the opportunity to explore the aspects of The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery’s natural science, social history, and ceramics collections to explore the connections between health, medicine and history.

Growing Cultures was a collaborative art/science project, with artists, local health organisations, community groups and schools working together using clay to explore the history of penicillin and the impacts of antibiotic resistance today.


Film by Thea Stallwood.

Schools involved: Abbey Hill School and Performing Arts College, Birches Head Academy, Co-Op Academy, Discovery Academy, Merit Pupil Referral Unit, Newcastle Academy, Ormiston Horizon Academy, Portland School and Specialist College, St John Fisher Academy & Trentham Academy.