“What this City needs is you. This is the place, this is the garden to grow your business. I want so much for Stoke-on-Trent to prosper and you’re the people who can make that happen.”
Ceramic designer Emma Bridgewater urged artists and creators to hone their talents locally at the opening of this year’s art and design degree show.
Emma, who was awarded an honorary degree by Staffordshire University in 2010, was accompanied by husband Matthew Rice – Managing Director of Emma Bridgewater pottery factory - and their children to the opening of Show and Tell on Friday.
Addressing the soon-to-be-graduates, Emma said: “What this City needs is you. This is the place, this is the garden to grow your business. I want so much for Stoke-on-Trent to prosper and you’re the people who can make that happen.”
Stoke north MP Joan Walley was also in attendance at the show’s opening. Having been the subject of photojournalist Kate Bowmer’s degree show work, Joan was keen to see the series of documentary-style prints entitled Shattering the Ceiling: Expose of a Life Lived in Public Service.
She said: “When I was approached I was really happy to do it, especially as this is my last year.”
Kate said: “I completed the project over four months, meeting up with Joan about once a week and shadowing her on her diary both at the House of Commons and in her constituency. As a photojournalist I have aimed to capture one of the most important points in her political career; her preparation to retire.”
Having whetted her political appetite, Kate is now hoping for a career as a photojournalist or working for the Labour party.
BA(Hons) Graphic Design student Kate Parkes worked to the open brief of 1+1=3 and created a Takeaway Theatre Chair.
She explained the concept: “The chair links to the National Theatre who would offer the unprecedented opportunity to see members of its company of world-class actors perform in your front room, village hall, office or shed.”
Parties and groups would be encouraged to purchase the flat pack theatres. The Takeaway Theatre Week would kick-off a season of events to raise funds and awareness for homeless and displaced people in London.
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