New exhibition at Spode works in Stoke showcases resident artist’s work


A new art exhibition by resident Spode artist, Nicola Winstanley, will be unveiled later this week.

Miss Winstanley, 32, from Weston Coyney, has will showcase her work during her time there.

The exhibition will include her own prints using a traditional copper plate glazing process.

Popular from the 18th century, this process printed Cobalt-blue oxide pigments on tissue paper to create the famous Willow design.

Nicola used one of the original copper press machines at Spode, rescued when the factory closed in 2008, to produce her prints.

She said while work and productivity were synonymous with production at Spode a skill and a craft were lost to the region when it closed.

She added: “I hope to present with this exhibition the value of creative workers as a subject for wider discussion; both in the creative community and with the general public so that we can all become more aware, more confident and more active in the changes that are happening and are set to happen in the city.”

Nicola hopes to inspire artists to become more involved in social space planning and new housing as Stoke-on-Trent continues to regenerate.

The artists’ village at Spode works has renewed activity on the site and a £19 million refurbishment was announced last December.

This exhibition is a joint partnership between the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art (ACAVA) and Airspace Gallery and runs from February 11-24, Wednesday to Saturday from 1pm-4pm.

The exhibition and talk are located at ACAVA studios, Spode, Elenora Street, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1QQ.


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