Young people from the OnSide Network could have the opportunity to take part in ceramic art thanks to FiredUp4 – an innovative fundraising campaign launching today to provide pottery studios to OnSide Youth Zones.
Led by leading ceramicist and OnSide Ceramic Ambassador, Kate Malone MBE, FiredUp4 celebrates the work of 32 of the UK’s leading ceramic and visual artists who have each created 32 uniquely crafted ceramic pieces.
The campaign launches in early October during London Craft Week and culminates with an online auction hosted by Maak on 19 November 2020.
The proceeds of the auction will equip two Youth Zones in the North West, Inspire Youth Zone and Wigan Youth Zone, with pottery studios and trained staff for one year. The ultimate ambition of this project is to install fully equipped pottery studios in Youth Zones across the country.
FiredUp4 has been born out of a passionate belief in the transformative power of creativity and in particular the process of making with your hands, as clay work provides invaluable therapeutic benefits to children.
Together with Neale Graham and Keith Seeley, the FiredUp4 project has been spearheaded by Kate Malone to add to OnSide Youth Zones’ provision of state of art facilities for young people from disadvantaged communities.
“Creativity and hand skills need not make a world of artists; it can make well rounded individuals who can be creative in all subjects and feel empowered by the ability to create. I passionately believe making with hands has therapeutic benefits that all children should be able to experience.”
– Kate Malone MBE
Kate Malone MBE encouraged participants to use three kilos of clay and invited the following leading artists to participate:
Felicity Aylieff | Barnaby Barford | Anna Barlow | Clive Bowen | Dylan Bowen | Alison Britton | Fernando Casasempere | Tommaso Corvi-Mora | Natasha Daintry |Bouke de Vries | Edmund De Waal | Sara Flynn | Lisa Hammond | Malene Hartmann Rasmussen | Nicola Hicks | Akiko Hirai | Hitomi Hosono | Walter Keeler | Chris Keenan | Roger Law | Jennifer Lee | Kate Malone | John Maltby | Carol McNicoll | Magdalene Odundo | Enrique Perezalba Red |Anna Silverton | Julian Stair | Annie Turner | Andrew Wicks
The studio potters and ceramic artists have creatively interpreted the brief to produce a dynamic and comprehensive selection of contemporary ceramics.
Edmund de Waal has donated a contemporary vessel form in front of a gilded plate, while Barnaby Barford contributes a series of miniature buildings from his series of work The Tower of Babel, displayed at the V&A in 2015.
Felicity Aylieff’s unique ceramic piece is one of her renowned early works and, leading the project, Kate Malone’s first-ever porcelain pineapple piece symbolises friendship, hospitality and warmth.
“We believe that with the right tools, support and guidance, young people can achieve their full potential. By supporting FiredUp4, you will help provide hundreds of young people from across the OnSide Youth Zones network with the experience to fully enjoy the art and the many benefits that art can bring to their new all-round wellbeing whilst nurturing the ceramic artists of tomorrow.”
– Janine Blythe, Chief Executive, Inspire Youth Zone