Fountain 17 moves to Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke

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Fountain 17 moves to Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke

Fountain17, an exhibition of Duchamp-inspired art, has opened at Stoke on Trent’s Gladstone Pottery Museum as part of the on-going 200th anniversary celebrations of iconic local business, Armitage Shanks.

The exhibition was originally a highlight of Hull’s City of Culture 2017 programme. Since then, it has been on display in London. Its’ move to Stoke on Trent, where it will be available to view until 28th October, comes as its organiser Armitage Shanks brings its bicentenary celebrations to a close.

Those visiting Fountain17 at the Gladstone Pottery Museum can view 45 works of art and gain an insight into the illustrious past and future of the Armitage Shanks brand. The business organised the exhibition in collaboration with the Hull School of Art and Design to create the exhibition, which is one of several innovative ways it’s celebrating its 200th birthday.

The project is also supported by the Arts Council and the Hull City of Culture Creative Communities’ Programme, which supported 60 projects as part of Hull 2017.

Fountain17 features a wide range of work inspired by Duchamp’s masterpiece, Fountain. These works include sculpture, painting, performance, film and of course urinals. Among those contributing work are Turner Prize winning collective Assemble, renowned author and poet Lemn Sissay MBE, award-winning designer Ben Kelly, Hull School of Art and Design alumnus, sculptor Neville Gabie, artists Anna Bean, Andy Dakin and Adele Howitt, plus several of the Staffordshire-based Armitage Shanks factory team.

All of the artworks will be auctioned for charity as part of the Armitage Thanks campaign, an on-going charitable project organised by Armitage Shanks in honour of its bicentenary. The proceeds from the auction will be split equally between Bowel Cancer UK and Hull Samaritans.

Tony Rheinberg from Armitage Shanks and Fountain17, said: “Armitage Shanks is the best known washroom product manufacturer so it seems entirely fitting that our foray into the world of art has been driven by Duchamp’s Fountain.

“We look forward to launching the exhibition in our home county and to showcasing the amazing past – and bright future – of the Armitage Shanks brand at a fantastic museum that’s local to our original factory.”

“Gladstone is a fantastic setting for the artwork and its kilns make for a great back drop that truly shows off the talents of the Fountain17 artists.”

Fountain17 is open at the Gladstone Pottery Museum until 28th October. There is also a free open day on Saturday 8th October, where attendees can enjoy lectures and live performances.

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