This week Rachel is placing 40 scarred pots around Stoke (town centre) for the public to discover and keep. Some pots will be placed in small boxes (look out for the Stoke Festival sticker) and others will be placed in nooks and crannies.
My work is inspired by Kintsugi, an ancient Japanese method of mending broken pottery with gold, as a result, the pots become more beautiful and precious. I deliberately scar each pot and fill the scar with gold; expressing the mystery of new beginnings and new life even in our deepest pain. These golden scars represent all our stories of loss and reflect the beauty of hope and healing.
As Part Two of Harry Wakeling's 'Lost Moments' commission he asked: 'What are you most looking forward to when lockdown ends?" The answers were full of hope. They have now been installed on lamposts around the town of Stoke to brighten up people's days. Head over to the Lost Moments page to view them all, or better still, take a walk through the town if you are near to Stoke.
Our friends at Letting in the Light are creating a walking trail in Stoke this spring and it will feature the hidden gems of the town of Stoke.
They are asking for suggestions and photos from local people asking them to share what the hidden gems of the town are
If you can help then click this link to complete a short survey.
🔜 By Friday 19th March!
Tell your friends and neighbours who live in Stoke too - they can pop their ideas into Stoke Market if they aren't on the internet.
Other ways you can let us know:
Post on social media with the hashtag #stoketrail
Message our Facebook page @lettinginthelight
Tag your photo on Instagram or Twitter @lettinginthelight
Any questions - message us or phone us on 07759 233419
Thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund
*(Please note: we are focussing on the town of Stoke-upon-Trent.)
In January we got the keys to Plot 33 - an allotment for Greening Stoke!
Anne and Rachel are writing a regular blog post which you can follow through the Greening Stoke website, or use the link from the Greening Stoke page.
Greening Stoke is a project run in partnership between Festival Stoke and Letting in the Light.
"We want to share with you the journey of taking on an allotment for Greening Stoke. We will share our ups and our downs, and we hope that you will be able to come and visit us during 2021.
Sign up to our newsletter too, keep up to date with how the allotment is developing and, once lockeown eases, we can tell you when we are running activities you can join in.
Adam Buckeridge has created three amazing soundscape recordings, so grab a pair of headphones, sit down, chill and enjoy the first of these - Rural Soundscape.
Here's a teaser video of the latest Festival Echo by Adam Buckeridge:
The environment in which we live;
the environments that we love.
Let's keep our connection
with the sounds of nature.
Reflect on what's at stake,
what needs to change.
Soundscapes of our landscapes,
the preservation of beauty in nature
and our communities.
Music, editing, photos and videos by Adam Buckeridge.
Would you like a gift of beautiful pottery? We are placing Rachel Ho's porcelain pots around Stoke for you to find. Tell us in the comments below about your special place in the town and why? We will tell you when the free art is in your memorable place.
Go to our Facebook page and leave a message to say where you would like to find one in Stoke?
Find out more about the project on the Festival Echoes page Scarred.
The stunning new Festival Echo video 'Continue to Burn' by dancer and choreographer Steff D'Arcy is now live! Make yourself a coffee, turn up the sound and enjoy.
Artists Aisling Gallagher and Calum Perrin have created an audio composition, exploring the sonic experiences of disabled people during the pandemic.
Working with disabled and neurodiverse people in Stoke, Aisling and Calum facilitated workshops with participants, collecting experiences and sounds.
"What are the good and bad experiences of lockdown for disabled people? And how is the new normal effecting us?
With the help of participants, we wove elements and soundscape, interview and music, shaping the material into an audio piece to be shared online."
If you are local to Stoke-on-Trent why not save on postage for your Festival Mugs?
Collect on either Saturday morning: 5th or 12th December, 9am - 12noon.
Use the code on the website for the morning you want to collect:
And you'll have no postage to pay.
Address for collection is:
Denise O’Sullivan Ceramics
Summit Business Park
Festival Stoke is a collaborative of creative people working together to make good things happen.