GRAIN are working in collaboration with Appetite, the Creative People and Places programme for Stoke on Trent, to deliver a new photographic project that has participation at its heart.
Photography has unique characteristics that are relevant to this project. It has a special relationship with memory, capturing a moment in time, documenting an event, occasion or person for posterity for the archive or family album.
The project will engage with individuals and community groups that moved to or migrated to Stoke-on-Trent from within the UK or internationally; those that have made Stoke-on-Trent a city to call home, as a city to work in and a city rich with diverse communities that have shaped the city as it is today.
Photography will have been part of these people’s journey; from the places and people they left to their new lives in Stoke-on-Trent. These photographs will be in people’s family albums, stored in shoe boxes, treasures and keepsakes for themselves, their families and friends. The images will tell their stories of arriving in the city, their origins and descendants, the reasons why they moved to Stoke, whether that be to work in the pottery industry, the mining industry, the hospitals, universities, or other industries or for reasons of marriage, true love or to escape their own country. They have travelled to Stoke-on-Trent from all over the UK, the commonwealth or subcontinent.
The project is in its first phase which is Artist Recruitment. If you are a practitioner who is interesting in leading this project please download the Artist Brief and further information here. The deadline for applications is 25th May 2017.
The residency is a special opportunity for an artist or photographer to work with individuals and communities in Stoke-on-Trent, to lead participatory workshops and to create an artwork for public display during Appetite’s Big Feast Festival.
This opportunity is a GRAIN Projects and Appetite Co-commission, supported by Arts Council England. Appetite is a large artistic programme that gets more people to experience and be inspired by the arts. Appetite is led by the New Vic Theatre in partnership with Partners in Creative Learning, 6Towns Radio and Staffordshire University. Appetite is part of the Creative People and Places programme supported by funding from National Lottery through Arts Council England. http://www.appetitestoke.co.uk/