You can be a part of a new project specially commissioned for Stoke-on-Trent’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid during October 2017
Thousands of photos of people from across Stoke-on-Trent are being collected to create a giant mosaic which will go on display in the city.
The individual pictures will be assembled to create one iconic overall face of a mystery person; celebrating the area’s unique identity as Stoke-on-Trent bids to become UK City of Culture 2021.
Artists and local photographers behind the project are now asking residents and visitors from across the city to submit their images online or at pop-up photography stations. The final artwork will then be unveiled in November.
Organisers have yet to reveal where the artwork will be installed or exactly how large it will be, but they have said that it will be on a street, outdoors, on a giant, building-sized scale where the public can enjoy it for free. It will also be available on a website where people can zoom in to spot individual pictures.
People can take part at the Face of Stoke-on-Trent website and by using #faceofsot on social media. Participants can also have their photos taken and submitted on:
Residents can also post pictures on CD or pen drive and post to B Arts, 64-72 Hartshill Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 7RB. To submit original pictures, please send them by special delivery and include a self-addressed envelope. The deadline for photos to be submitted is Tuesday, October 31.
The People’s Picture – run by award-winning artist Helen Marshall – has been commissioned to create the artwork as part of the UK City of Culture 2021 bid.
The project was launched just days after Stoke-on-Trent submitted its final bid to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. B Arts is working with the Face of Stoke-on-Trent to create opportunities to take part by procuring local photographers, and the SoTogether Community Advisory Network will meet regularly with The People’s Picture to discuss and choose the final face.
Councillor Abi Brown, chair of the bid and deputy leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said: “Don’t miss your chance to get involved in this incredible project. We want the mosaic to represent the whole city and everything that makes Stoke-on-Trent the fantastic place that it is.”
Helen Marshall said: “Cities are made of people, not buildings. People are at the core of this project. They will get to share their memories, dreams and thoughts about the city, and celebrate Stoke-on-Trent through pictures.”
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