Typecast was a pan-European project bringing together recovery communities in Italy, Ireland, Spain, Turkey and the UK. From 2013 to 2014, people in recovery from drug and alcohol used clay to explore different aspects of their recovery including changing identities and self-care strategies.
In the UK, British Ceramics Biennial worked closely with residents at Eastgate facility in Burslem and Portraits of Recovery, a visual arts organisation that believes art can be transformational in the the recovery process.
Typecast also worked towards getting participants back into the community, to share, inspire and teach other people in recovery their new creative skills. Identity, heritage and relationships were key themes in the project, as artists Joe Hartley, Helen Felcey and Barry Taylor led the group through the creative processes.