Neil Brownsword lecture


Date: 20th Jan 2016

Professor Neil Brownsword, an expert in ceramics and glass at Buckinghamshire New University, will discuss his artistic research, which explores the decline of the pottery industry and the post-industrial landscape of North Staffordshire, during his inaugural professorial lecture on Wednesday 27 January, from 6pm until 7pm. During the lecture, which is free and open to the public, Professor Brownsword will explore how Stoke-on-Trent remains one of the few cities in Britain still associated with an industry that for centuries has shaped the area's economy and physical landscape. An example of work by Neil Brownsword.

Originally from the region, Professor Brownsword said: "As a city, Stoke-on-Trent is made up of six towns which are collectively known as The Potteries due to the area's longstanding history of ceramic production. This lecture will be a chance for me to share different aspects of my practice led research into the impact of the pottery industry's downturn over the last decade with members of the public, students and colleagues."

The lecture will also include an overview of his latest work, Topographies of the Obsolete, an artistic research project initiated by Professor Brownsword in partnership with the Bergen Academy of Art and Design and universities and institutions in Denmark, Germany and the UK.

Professor Brownsword said: "This project has framed a particular point in time and provides different perspectives through the lens of the artist, to the complexities of socio-economic decline addressed by politicians, economists, historians and ex-employees. It documents both the aftermath of the Spode factory closure, and the repurposing of its post-industrial fabric through its now early phase of regeneration."

The lecture will be chaired by Professor Jake Kaner, Head of Research for the Faculty of Design, Media and Management at Bucks New University.

Light refreshments will be available before the lecture, from 5.30pm. Places should be reserved in advance; please email Lorna West on or call 01494 603 002 for a booking form, or visit

First picture: Work entitled National Treasure with detail of performatice installation, painted by Anthony Chellinor.

Second picture: Design work being completed.


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