Working together to imagine a future ‘Artcity’

The Artist and The City is a collaborative exhibition between AirSpace Gallery & The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, featuring work by Head of Visual Arts at NTU, Professor Terry Shave and surface designer and lecturer, Sophie Bard.

The Artist and The City is a collaborative exhibition between AirSpace Gallery and The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, featuring work by artist and Head of Visual Arts at NTU, Fine Art Professor Terry Shave, along with surface designer and NTU visiting lecturer in Textile Design, alumna Sophie Bard (BA (Hons) Textile Design 2011).

Through a series of exciting new commissions, AirSpace Gallery presents a group exhibition which seeks to propose and imagine what a future Artcity may look like - exploring the city as a viable site for artistic activity and also as a place where artists can live, work and prosper.

This two-part, two-venue exhibition examines the situation for artists in Stoke-on-Trent, past and present, and examines the efficacy and viability of the notions and themes surrounding Artcity.

This exhibition aims to set the context of Artcity, demonstrating that artists have lived and worked in Stoke-on-Trent for hundreds of years, and setting out the particular experience of 'The Artist and The City' through an examination of the works of four well known artists, originally living or working in Stoke-on-Trent. Terry Shave is one of the four participating artists with strong connections to the city, who is well represented within the Museum's collection, and whose work is also identified as being world class.

The curators have selected one work from each of the four main artists to become the starting point for a new commission for four other contemporary artists. Sophie Bard is one of those selected; she has connections to the city of Stoke-on-Trent today and a perceived crossover with the works from the collection. These newly commissioned, responsive, artworks are displayed alongside the artworks from the museum collection within the temporary exhibition space at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

The Artist and The City is on now at the AirSpace Gallery until 13 December, and at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery until 22 February 2015.

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Working together to imagine a future ‘Artcity’

Published on 19 November 2014
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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