Knotted Identities

Knotted Identities is an Arts Council funded project which is running in the Staffordshire Moorlands during 2020. Look out for the KARVAN ( as it stops to deliver arts-based workshops at nine locations in the Staffordshire Moorlands during June, July and August (the timetable is changing due to the Covid-19 outbreak). The project, 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.

Winnoth Dale, Staffordshire Moorlands, Winter 2020. Image courtesy of AWD

Alongside lead artist Emma, three Staffordshire Moorlands-based artists will deliver workshops – in ceramics, drawing and multimedia art practice. 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 are signed up for 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 landscape in this corner of Staffordshire. The project culminates in an exhibition at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek in the Autumn (2020).

Winnoth Dale, Staffordshire Moorlands, Spring 2020. Image courtesy of AWD
Winnoth Dale, Staffordshire Moorlands, Summer 2020. Image courtesy of AWD