Call for Artists, Scientists and Creatives:
Factory Night @ Staffordshire Hoard - the most significant Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found
Including an out of hours visit to the Staffordshire Hoard at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery by Candle light and then a Pilgrimage with picnic at Trentham Gardens Saxon site.
On Friday 8th June, 5pm-9pm
Calling artists, scientists and creative people with an interest in ancient history, storytelling, conservation, symbology and the changing landscape. This Factory Night will start with an intimate visit to the Staffordshire hoard collection at the Potteries Museum and Art gallery. Artists will enjoy the glitter of ancient gold by atmospheric candle light led by Interpretation Officer Cathy Shingler who will give an insight into the latest findings and the secrets of the historic artefacts. The Factory Night then turns into a Pilgrimage to Trentham Gardens led by artist and Saxon enthusiast Andrew Edwards currently exhibiting his Staffordshire Saxon at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. Andy will set the scene of how this landscape has changed since it was the heartland of Mercia, exploring plant life, settlements and putting the hoard into living context through motifs, symbols, stories and legends. We aim for this Factory Night to provide an insight into the rich history of the internationally important hoard and for artists and creative people to be involved in future research and interpretation through creative activity.
The Saxon hoard is now World Famous as the largest ever find of Anglo-Saxon gold treasure, it was unearthed from a Staffordshire Field by a metal detectorist Terry Herbert on private farm land and comprises in excess of 1,500 individual items many decorated with precious stone. Most of the treasure appears to date from the seventh century and the supreme quality of the craftsmanship on many items indicates royal ownership. It is a legacy of craftsmen whose artistry fashioned precious metals and gemstones into incredibly detailed sword hilt fittings, helmet parts and other items. It is also the story of kings, religious men and their warriors, who carried these pieces into battle, who fell, and were later stripped of their finery.
How to Apply
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with the following information: (as a word document or PDF)
- 150 words on your current practice, medium or interests.
- A paragraph on why you would like to attend
- Attach 2-3 pieces/images of recent relevant works at low resolution and / or weblinks
Rednile require this information in order to select a balanced mix of creative people from a range of experiences and disciplines
The deadline for applications is Monday 4th June 5pm
Places are limited to 15 and only those that attend a Factory Night can apply for the subsequent Factory Night Unique Opportunity.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome on Tuesday 5th June.
Travel bursaries are available to those wishing to attend from outside of the region, please state if you wish to be considered for one and where you will be travelling from.
NOTE: Please be aware that this Factory Night does involve a significant amount of walking on uneven ground please take this into careful consideration when applying to ensure you are able to participate.
Factory Nights background &Unique Opportunities: Staffordshire Hoard and Saxon heritage
For this Factory Night we are looking for artists, scientists and creatives to develop ideas, research projects and artworks inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard and the Saxon stories and heritage. We encourage attendees to make new work and initiate ideas inspired by the site and the other attendees. Factory Nights is an innovative approach to commissioning art work and inspiring collaboration and attendees of Factory Nights can apply forUnique Opportunity bursaries between £1k-£3k to conduct research residencies, collaborations or produce a piece of work inspired by the Factory Night. Details of application process will be given at the event.
Factory Nights 2011-2012 is funded by: Arts Council England, The British Council, Staffordshire University, Multistory, Middlesbrough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Council and Stoke on Trent Council. This Factory Night is made possible through the kind support of Andy Edwards, Paul Bailey, St Modwens and the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery team.