Cultural Icons takes inspiration from the history and tradition of the Staffordshire flat-back, once produced by most of the potteries in the region.
Such objects reflected the interests of ordinary people in Victorian England, their subjects including famous entertainers, politicians, royalty and religious themes. For this project, curator Tessa Peters assisted by artist Christie Brown invited figurative ceramicists to respond to the historic flat-back portrait figures in the extensive collections of the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. The resulting works comment on aspects of mainstream culture, society and politics today.
This exhibition is part of British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) – the UK’s premiere contemporary ceramics festival that takes place in Stoke-on-Trent. BCB presents artworks from the UK’s leading ceramicists alongside international artists, in exhibitions and special events held across the city. BCB is underpinned by an exciting year-round programme of artists’ commissions, education and community engagement projects.