Clayground is hosting a free public event at Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AA, on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August from 12-4. We invite you to come and help build a monument to the changing cityscape and the anonymous makers, past and present, who give it shape.
On the steps leading to the Regent Canal we will use 5 tons of raw clay to portray well and lesser known buildings and neighbourhoods of King’s Cross reflecting the area’s industrial past and its changing present.
Come and create the sculpture with us. The event is suitable for all ages above 6. Children with accompanying adult only. Wheelchair accessible activities available.
The event will also mark culmination of a seven year effort by volunteers to dig clays around the world and relay these to London. This will be celebrated by new music composed by Dead Rat Orchestra musicians Nathaniel Mann and Daniel Merrill and played by 30 piece steel orchestra, The Melodians. Melodians’ Director, Terry Noel MBE, has collected a significant number of clays from around the world. The world clays will feature on the surface of 200 saggars (cylindrical containers) thrown by Clayground’s Duncan Hooson before being transferred to Stoke-on-Trent for the British Ceramics Biennial.
This event is part of Clay Cargo, our 3 year project devised in partnership with the British Ceramics Biennial and Canal & River Trust. Inspired by Josiah Wedgwood, ceramic industrialist and one of the first investors in the canal system, Clay Cargo renews historic connections between clay and the canals through workshops on boats and at canalside locations. We also commission artists and conduct research into the significance of hand skills’ development today. Over the three years, we have worked in London, Birmingham, Dudley, and Stoke-on-Trent, and have commissioned poetry, ceramic works, film, photography and music.
From 26 September, a Clay Cargo project exhibition will feature in the former Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent as part of the British Ceramics Biennial.
Clay Cargo 2013- 2015 is supported by British Ceramics Biennial, Canal & River Trust, Potclays, and Arts Council England, Ikon, Middleport Pottery (13 and 14). Clay Cargo 2015 is supported by King’s Cross, Camden Libraries, Central Saint Martins, Genesis Housing Association, The Headley Trust, Fordham Gallery and Sound & Music. Individual donors this year include Joan Scarrott and Peter Campbell, Sarah Donaldson and Penny Hunt. Clayground Collective is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and is a BBC Get Creative Champion.