We Are Staffordshire Art Project

We Are Staffordshire Art Project


Posted 2023-12-27 by Tony Collinsfollow
Artists across Staffordshire are being invited to help inspire pride and enjoyment in their county by working creatively with young people on an art project in 2024. We Are Staffordshire, the organisation responsible for promoting and marketing the county, is behind the arts project. The initiative will see creative workshops take place in primary schools across Staffordshire during March and April 2024, in preparation for Staffordshire Day on 1 May 2024, when the county comes together to celebrate.

The project will aim to answer the question, ‘What does Staffordshire mean to you?’ by encouraging artistic expression and storytelling. It follows on from an activity in 2023 where artists were invited to visit six schools throughout the county, offering workshops ranging from creative writing and dance to ceramics.

Philip White promoting the art project

Philip White, Deputy Leader at Staffordshire County Council, said: “We have a lot to shout about here in Staffordshire, and over the last years we’ve used Staffordshire Day to tell the world what a wonderful place it is to live in and visit. An important part of our Staffordshire Day celebrations is to make sure young people are involved, and this is a fantastic opportunity to bring them together to celebrate Staffordshire in this creative way.

"To help make the project a success, we’re looking for artists based in Staffordshire or those who have a strong local connection to the area and who have a proven ability to work with young people or community groups." Earlier this year, Windsor Park Middle School in Uttoxeter worked with artist Katie Holtom to create a collection of stories, poetry, memories and musings during their workshop. Katie said: “It was an absolute joy to work with so many children, who were obviously incredibly proud of where they live. They were excited to use these new art forms to explore deeper into Staffordshire and feel empowered to celebrate their home!”

Lichfield Cathedral

The creative writing collection was displayed alongside Staffordshire themed ceramic pieces at Lichfield Cathedral during 2023. Simon Warburton, Executive Director of Lichfield Cathedral, who is also a place board member of We Are Staffordshire, said: “We Are Staffordshire recognises that pride in our county needs to start as young as possible. Our event last year was a great success. This year we want to go bigger and better with our efforts and are delighted to be able to work with even more young people.

This project offers a unique opportunity for artists to make a meaningful impact in Staffordshire, by inspiring the young generation to celebrate the essence of their county. We encourage all talented artists to submit their proposals and become a part of this exciting initiative.”


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