The Face of Stoke on Trent| 2017
Together we Make the City
A commission from Stoke on Trent County Council to create a giant artwork and photographic installation as part of Stoke-on-Trent’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021. Jozef Clark, A 23-year-old who used the YMCA to help to turn his life around was chosen to be the Face of Stoke-on-Trent. He was one of 3,550 people who submitted a picture for the exhibition in the city centre. His face is the main, iconic image for the artwork, which is made up of photographs of people from across Stoke-on-Trent. An installation on an adjacent unused building of twenty faces also covers each window.
On Saturday, November 25, a public Face of Stoke-on-Trent celebration event was held outside the artwork. Residents and visitors had the chance to speak to Jozef and some of the shortlisted ‘faces’, as well as Helen Marshall the artist of the People’s Picture, photographers, representatives from B Arts, the SOTogether Social Impacts Group, and others involved in the project. A booklet with the featured ‘faces’ and their stories was also available at the event.
Visit the project website www.faceofsot2021.com
The Face of Stoke-on-Trent is made up of 3,550 individual photographs and measures 172 square feet. The photos were collected over 29 days through an online campaign, and a team of local photographers stationed across the city, in an adventure to find a face to represent the city.
Many thanks to Stoke-on-Trent City Council, B Arts, SoTogetherCAN community advisory group, Stoke Signage, M&M Signs and Graphics, Western Power Distribution, the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Grain, Appetite and photographers Tim Diggles, Natalie Willatt, Tony Jones, Jenny Harper, Sam Ivin, Darren Washington, Richard Redshaw, Val Bansal, Penny Vincent, Sarah Peart, Christine Humphreys and the people of Stoke-on-Trent for providing all the photographs.
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