TYPECAST: Ceramics as a Messenger of Social Change

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TYPECAST is a European wide project that’s all about linking the arts with people in early recovery from substance misuse by working with ceramic materials, skills, processes and other materials. We want to tell a story, shine a light, blow away the myths and stand proud. We want to generate new possibilities for people in recovery by challenging and changing attitudes.

Over 2 years the project has worked with artists, European centres of ceramic excellence and other cultural agencies in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Sicily, Spain and Turkey. To improve the lives of people & communities in recovery by supporting greater visibility and by providing innovative, arts based social re-integration opportunities.

Each partner country will deliver a series of artist led residencies looking at notions of community & personal heritage, how these co-existing themes can support new identities and a more inclusive sense of voice.

A sense of place – Stories of recovery through clay and mixed media

Led by artist makers and educators Jenny Walker & Eleanor Simms and in partnership with the Manchester School of Art at MMU, TYPECAST – Manchester draws upon individual recovery narratives and identities, by exploring how material and object making can be used to articulate complex emotions and life events.

During the project, participants will utilise personal histories and explore them in relation to the wider contexts of recovery, appreciating collective narratives, and their own personal development. Participants will express their understanding of significant events through visual self-evident means, developing a material vocabulary through clay and mixed media, which communicates important aspects of their journey and supports future aspirations and goals.

Participants for TYPECAST have been recruited through LIFELINE Manchester.

An exhibition profiling the Manchester projects artworks will be held in the Benzie Building, the Manchester School of Art at MMU from Monday 18th May – Friday 29th May 2015.

A selection of artifacts representative of the project partnership as a whole will feature within the 2015 British Ceramics Biennial to be held this coming September in Stoke-on-Trent.

TYPECAST is funded under the European Union’s Life Long Learning Program Grundtvig, which supports individuals and organisations involved in non-vocational adult education to participate in European training activities and by the European Social Fund, and the Skills Funding Agency.