Place, Space and Identity 3 launched on Friday. I had some good chats about my work and my project with people in Bethesda Chapel.
I’m going to be working in Winton Square. The main reaction I got when telling people this was ‘where’s that?’ It’s just outside the train station and opposite the North Staffordshire Hotel. It has a statue of Josiah Wedgwood in the middle of it.
So I think my mission is currently going to be to put Winton Square on the map - to make it a place that people know of, and perhaps want to visit for itself - not just because they’ve got a train to catch.
Place, Space and Identity 3 launches tomorrow at 4pm in the wonderful setting of Bethesda Chapel, Junction of Albion Street and Bethesda Street, City Centre (Hanley), Stoke-on-Trent.
All of the artists will be on hand to talk about their work and explain a little about their plans for the next few months.
I hope to see you there.
Today I went up to Stoke-on-Trent for my first official visit for Place, Space and Identity 3. I met with the other artists and organisers, we introduced ourselves and talked a little about our work and ideas for the project, and then we went on trip around the various sites.
I took some photos of these locations, and few images of other things that interested me.
Doing this has made the project all the more real for me now. Meeting the other artists and hearing what we all have planned was very exciting. I’m really looking forward to the project launch event on the 24th June. More details on this to follow.
This website documents all aspects of Rich White’s experiences whilst working on Place, Space and Identity 3 in Stoke-on-Trent. He will be updating it regularly with texts, photographs and drawings as the project develops, and responding to comments left by visitors.
This website will also act as an online sketchbook of ideas - changing as the project develops.
You are also invited to contribute to the website, either by leaving comments below, or by becoming an official contributer. Please visit take part to find out more.
Rich White is an artist specialising in location-specific installation. His current work involves physically altering (or appearing to alter) existing architecture in public and exhibition spaces. These architectural interventions are developed specifically for their location through research and site visits; responding to the architecture, history and current happenings in the area.
Through this he creates a narrative or story that he feels evokes the collective subconscious - a visual reference that seeks to provoke thoughts about the location by drawing on elements of the locale. The final work often takes a simple form or pattern of structure which is intended to resonate with the viewer through its unexpected familiarity.
The work is built on-site often from materials found or reclaimed in the vicinity and integrated into the existing architecture. Afterwards the materials are recycled or returned for reuse. This conveys a connection to its location and influences its development. The work is at the whim of the materials I can find and at the mercy of their limitations.
More information and images of previous works can be found at counterwork.co.uk
Place, Space and Identity has commissioned six projects that will engage the people of Stoke-on-Trent, celebrating their many identities, and honouring the places where they live. The programme will include workshops, installations and artworks that will challenge people’s perceptions of the city and transform unused spaces in the area.