Topographies of the Obsolete is an artistic research project that focuses on the closed Spode Works in Stoke-on-Trent, UK.

The first workshop Resurrecting the Obsolete took place in September 2012 in the Spode Factory, Stoke on Trent, UK organized by Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Norway (KHiB).

KHiB was invited as a Research Fellow Partner Institution by the British Ceramics Biennial 2013 and the first workshop included 33 staff and students from KHiB, The Royal Academy of Art Copenhagen, Muthesius Kunsthochschule Kiel, Sheffield Hallam Univerisity, University of Nottingham Trent and invited alumni/artists from KHiB. Together we explored the Spode site’s histories, industrial space and infrastructure.

The workshops have uncovered a variety of methods and strategies exploring the complexity of the site from different perspectives and practices particular to each of the artists/students involved. We had a great variation of expressions ranging from the performative intervention based to installation and object based work.

The second of the research residency took place in March 2013 as the artistic research project Topographies of the Obsolete. The third workshop takes place in August 2013.

In September a number of participants from the research project will present their works during the British Ceramics Biennial 2013.

This site will act as a meeting point for participants and others interested in our progress.

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Katherine Hayward

My current work has been focusing on scale and material combinations that cause tension and intrigue for the viewer. I am interested in what happens when materials come together especially between ceramics and inflatable’s. I am really interested in movement and have been exploring this through inflatable sculptures and am now beginning to bring them together with the ceramic work.

"Stretch 1" Katherine Hayward,
3 Pedestal fans, 4 rings with concrete bases, 4 inflated wind-gloves
Interim Exhibition, Newcastle, December 2012

Katherine Hayward
Ceramic pieces and Inflatable PVC
 bed. Test piece 1 and Test piece 2. 
Tic Space, Newcastle University, February 2013

My work began from an idea I had in Belgium whilst on Erasmus (January - July 2012), where I started to notice how small I was. I began looking at ways of how I could become taller and these ideas developed into the body of work I called "The Prototypes" (  I created quite large sized works whilst I was away, trying to almost scale up to the city and prove myself to my new surroundings and peers.

"The Prototypes"  Katherine Hayward,
June 2012,
Group Exhibition "MULTIKULT"
Huset, Gent, Belgium
Drawing and collage has become a fundamental part of my work, allowing me to get my ideas down and out of my head and help visualise what installations or sculptures will look like.

 Selection of Drawings and Collage, Katherine Hayward, 2012-13 

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