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During March and April this year Jenny Walker and Elle Simms from 3D, supported by 3rd Yr volunteers ran a project at the School of Art that explored how clay can be used as a tool within addiction recovery.
TYPECAST was initiated by Manchester based charity, Portraits of Recovery and is a European wide project, which links the arts with people in early recovery from substance misuse. Over 2 years the project has worked with European centers of ceramic excellence and other cultural agencies in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Sicily, Spain and Turkey. In Manchester P.O.Re worked with the School of Art and participants were recruited through Lifeline.
Typecast Manchester was not a project about learning ceramic techniques. Instead, participants were introduced to a range of material experiences in porcelain and mixed media in order to develop a personal visual language through object making. They were encouraged to rule break and challenge conventional methods of working in a high status material. During the project participants interpreted their personal recovery narratives and identities through found objects and significant items. The starting point for response was a heritage walk in Manchester’s Ancoats district, where participants took on the role of urban archaeologists, gathering finds of significance. As well as working with porcelain they explored notions of repair, reconstruct, and reconfigure – terminology paralleling that used within the recovery community.
Collections of artefacts emerged rather than final finished outcomes being the goal, resulting in a vocabulary of existing objects and transformed materials.
Elle and Jenny felt it was a privilege to have the opportunity to work with such open-minded, talented and responsive individuals, who had such a willingness to take risks.
Work was shown in an exhibition in the Benzie Building in May and will also be represented along with the other European strands of the project at the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent from Sept this year. Jenny and Elle were one of 2 projects out of the 7 European strands invited to speak at the Typecast public dissemination event at Staffordshire University last month and the Manchester Typecast project is also featured in an article in this month’s Ceramic Review