Heart:Beat at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent

Sara Jaspan, Exhibitions Editor
British Ceramics Biennial

Heart:Beat at Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent 23 September — 5 November 2017 Entrance is free

The Warli people are an indigenous tribal group living in the mountainous and coastal areas of the Maharashtra-Gujarat border in India. They are famous for their tradition of painting, ceramics and textiles based on practices stretching back to around 3,000 BC.

During an international artists exchange residency earlier this year, a group of UK designers, sculptors, architects, ceramicists and other creatives were welcomed into the village of Bapugaon in Maharastra, where they collaborated with local artists and craftspeople to imagine a new space for the preservation, development and promotion of Warli art and culture. The project culminated in the creation of an arts centre in Bapugaon which will be recreated for BCB 2017, featuring paintings, film works, sculptural pieces, ceramics and sound works.

Heart:Beat is presented at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery and the former Methodist Bethesda Chapel, just across the road.

Heart:Beat at Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent 23 September — 5 November 2017 Entrance is free

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Described as “the finest and most distinctive example of Modernist architecture in Stoke-on-Trent”, City Central Library is Stoke-on-Trent’s largest library, home to the city archives.

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Bethesda Chapel

Bethesda Methodist Chapel in Hanley is considered to be one of England’s grandest surviving town chapels – and it’s easy to see why.

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AirSpace Gallery

AirSpace Gallery is a collaborative, artist led project in Stoke-on-Trent, providing studio and exhibiting space as well as professional support and development opportunities for artists.

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The pottery lover’s mecca, over 1.3 million Emma Bridgwater pieces are produced at the designer’s Stoke-on-Trent based factory every year – each one touched by over 30 deftly-skilled hands. Take an award-winning tour, visit the heavily discounted shop and have a go at producing your own earthenware masterpiece.

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‘Mother town’ of The Potteries, Burslem dates back to at least 1085 when it appears listed in the Domesday Book. Today, the wealth and fortune generated by the boom in global demand for Staffordshire pottery can still be seen reflected in the town’s many fine red brick buildings and grand displays of civic pride.

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Built in 1888, the beautifully-conserved grade II* listed Middleport Pottery has been producing its world-famous Burleigh pieces for over 120 years. Today it is the only working Victorian pottery left in Stoke-on-Trent and a multi award-winning visitor attraction.

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