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The Collaboration of Art and Academia: Learning and Communicating Through Art

Art and academia; two worlds often seen as occupying separate realms. Of course there is the study of art, Art History, but what about the contemporary practice? More importantly, how can contemporary art practice be used in conjunction with academic research to disseminate ideas? This was a question at the heart of an initiative run by King’s College, London. As an academic and artist myself, this was a fascinating prospect. In the academic world there is always an emphasis on  ...

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Dust, Jasperware and Colour Obsession – Interview with Joyce Iwaszko

Those familiar with Stoke-on-Trent’s vibrant world of art and culture will no doubt be familiar with the Airspace Gallery, situated near Hanley town centre. Not only a gallery, but also home to a number of artists in the studio spaces upstairs. This is also the venue of my interview with Joyce Iwaszko, where she has a studio space herself. If you have read any of my recent posts regarding Stoke-on-Trent’s 2021 City of Culture bid, you may be familiar with the name. Iwaszko is one of the  ...

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Gender Constructs and Challenging Composition – Interview with Katherine Baker

Katherine Baker has a story is similar to many, including my own. After leaving her BA she felt disillusioned with academia and needed to take a step away. In the eight years that passed between her undergraduate study and the pursuance of her MA, Baker had worked in a non-creative environment while trying to pursue some of her own work independently. She found, however, that this independence had led to stagnation and she needed to find a challenging environment with which to continue her  ...

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Denise O’Sullivan: Made in Stoke-on-Trent

‘I call it a “toffee pot” – it’s multi-use: for tea, coffee, or gin.’ I am sat in a freshly painted unit at a canal boat yard. Longboats are lined up outside along with the cars in the carpark. It is a fabulous space, full of potential in the heart of the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent. I am with Denise O’Sullivan, a local ceramic artist and she is telling me about a new line of tea-pots, or ‘toffee pots’ as she has coined them, that will be available for Christmas. The elongated style  ...

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