Monday, 9 November 2015
KULES 2015 - a fitting ending
After 4 weeks of intense work and response by the three resident artists - Sarah Hardacre, Noel Clueit and Lucy Wright - and Graduate Resident Kyle Cartlidge - to Stoke-on-Trent and the cavernous Olympus Engineering residency building, the KULES Public View saw Olympus open its doors to the public to see the works, engage with the artists and bear witness to three diverse and respectively stunning performances.
A four week residency is a bit of a curate's egg - longer than an intense micro residency but still really a short time to crack the idiosyncrasies of a new location. Yet, each resident divided their time between research, engagement and making to such an extent that the Public View proved to be a diverse experience which brought a whole new, predominantly non traditional art crowd to the building and the visual arts.
A big thanks to everyone who came - to all the performers - Eternity, Lightwood Crystals and The Cult of RAMM:ΣLL:ZΣΣ, but most of all to the artists who, despite sometimes inhospitable conditions, really got to grips with the city and produced some really great works.
A big thanks to our partners and funders - Arts Council England, Appetite and Esmee Fairbairn/Artcity and to Staffordshire University and Sneyd Green Primary School.