On one of the last sunny days of the year, a community of friends, family and proud relatives came together in Kidsgrove to celebrate the work of local people; in the form of a ceramics project. The artist; Philip Hardaker, wanted to create a new perspective on the stereotypes of local teens in the area by working with youth groups to create something unique for the town centre. Small, individual clay tiles made by many different ages and social groups came together to build a mosaic for the opening of the new toilet block. A quote from the artist himself saying “this will hopefully tackle the negative view on local teens and create a mutual and personal respect for the piece in itself.” It’s not only something temporary, but hopefully something that can withstand generations and be admired by many.
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