Knotted Identities is an Arts Council funded project which is running in the Staffordshire Moorlands during Summer 2022. Look out for the KARVAN (part of www.worldlits.com) as it stops to deliver arts-based workshops at nine locations in the Staffordshire Moorlands during May, June, July and August.
Knotted Identities, run by Emma Dawson Varughese explores contemporary Staffordshire Moorlands identities asking questions of what it means to belong to this part of the country, its landscapes and its local people.
Alongside lead artist Emma, three Staffordshire Moorlands-based artists will deliver workshops – in ceramics (Sue Blatherwick of Longnor); life and still life drawing (Charles Walker of Caverswall); painting and design (Louise Adams of Stockton Brook). In addition to the KARVAN workshops being held at the nine locations across the Staffordshire Moorlands, Emma is compiling a travelogue, documenting the KARVAN’s journey and its encounters with the various groups of people who participate in the workshops. From Werrington in the west to Butterton in the east, Longnor in the north and to Tean in the south (and five other locations in between), Knotted Identities looks to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of the people and the landscapes in this corner of Staffordshire. The project culminates in an exhibition at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek in the Autumn (2022).