DUST, Cultural Reporter Jamie reviews a new touring exhibition

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DUST, Cultural Reporter Jamie reviews a new touring exhibition Cultural Reporter Jamie reviews DUST at Upstairs Gallery, Entrepreneurs, Hanley
14th Oct- 28th Oct 2016

The Upstairs Gallery at Entrepreneurs recently hosted ‘Dust’ a local touring exhibition curated by Joyce Iwaszko (AirSpace Gallery) and Andy Cooke (Weather) which takes its inspiration from Stoke-on-Trent’s City of Culture 2021 bid.
Andy Cooke’s fractured, multi-panel painting kicks off proceedings showcasing the graphic design work he and his company Weather have put together for the 2021 City of Culture Bid. His crisp, multi-coloured lettering is soon to be seen across the City in support of the bid, across web and print-media.
Joyce Iwaszko’s trio of pieces are exercises in pure colour, reminiscent of Anish Kapoor’s pigment-sculptures and Mark Rothko’s Seagram murals. Imagining the unseen, furious acts of creation behind these pieces (shattered pottery, thickly impastoed canvases, strewn pigments) forms an intrinsic part of their appeal.

These pockmarked canvases and mini-installations seem to neatly encapsulate the motif of the show; the pottery fragments and dust paying homage to Stoke-on-Trent’s industrial past, whilst acting as a catalyst for the vibrant new works hanging above. 

Whilst each artist approaches their work with differing sensibilities, their pieces are harmonised by the use of a shared colour palette, bridging the gap between their disciplines and preferred mediums.
The Upstairs Gallery hosts the inaugural showing of this touring exhibition which will take in numerous locales around the City and will expand and evolve as new artists join the fold.

Catch it next at ACAVA Studios at Spode Works in Stoke Town from 11-25 November. Find out more here

Jamie Stretton
Appetite Cultural Reporter

The Appetite Cultural Reporter Team is a roving group of local writers, photographers and bloggers who are passionate about the arts in Stoke-on-Trent.  Cultural Reporters discover and promote exciting stuff happening locally and regionally through reviews, blogs, vlogs, photography, back stage interviews and more. From theatre to circus to spoken word, they get to the heart of the action and bring it to you. Got an event coming up you’d like one of the team to review? Contact us at  



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