Museum in final round of funding bid

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Gladstone Pottery Museum is celebrating after reaching the final round in a prestigious art funding competition. 

The museum in Longton will now go head to head with three other venues across the UK in a bid to scoop the £2,000 ‘Connect 10’ grant.

If it is successful, contemporary artist Julian Wild will also lead a high profile project as part of the ‘Museums at Night’ initiative which will be held between May 16 and May 18.

The winner will be decided by a public vote and local people are being encouraged to pledge their support by logging onto www.museumsatnight.org.uk

The voting opens at 11am tomorrow (February 19) and will close at 5pm on Tuesday, March 5.

Councillor Mark Meredith, cabinet member for economic development and inward investment, culture, sport and leisure, said: “It is a real achievement for Gladstone Pottery Museum to have reached the final round of this high profile competition. I am confident that, if we were to win, we would put on a unique and inspiring public art event with the help of artist Julian Wild.

“I would urge the community to show its support to the museum by logging onto the website and voting for Stoke-on-Trent. This is a great opportunity for the city to showcase its creative side which forms a major part of our heritage.”

The Connect 10 competition is supported, using public funding, by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and offers museums the chance to do something special.

Julian Wild is famous for his sculptures which often feature plastic plumbers’ tubing.

If the museum is awarded the grant, the team will work with Julian to build a glow in the dark bottle oven, made of plastic tubing. The creation will be put in pride of place in the museum’s courtyard and local people will be able to get involved in the project.

Gladstone Pottery Museum is a preserved pottery factory and has several of the city’s remaining bottle ovens.

For all media enquiries contact Michelle Hunt in the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232623.