Breaking the Mould
9 Oct - 29 Nov 2009, 10am-4pm
The Old Post Office
12 Wedgwood St
Burslem ST6 4JH
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"The Potteries is a collection of once thriving independent towns lying between Manchester and Birmingham on a 13 mile stretch of clay- and coal-rich seams along the River Trent. The area changed rapidly during the industrial revolution. Entrepreneurs such as Wedgwood transformed manufacturing and mass production in the area. In Britain we think of Manchester or Glasgow as the powerhouses of the industrial revolution. I was astonished when first exploring Stoke-on-Trent to find so many extraordinary industrial and cultural buildings remaining in good condition, many as if the last shift had just ended.
The six towns that now comprise Stoke-on-Trent were brought together by an act of federation in 1910. These photos meditate on the debate - What's next for Stoke-on-Trent? Are these buildings the key to providing a continuity of culture in a region that is seeking a new identity?"
Dan Dubowitz, 2009