|Event date||Event time||Event location|
|31/03/2016 - 17/04/2016||12:00 pm - 6:00 pm||The Old Fenton Library, Baker Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent|
Throughout the twentieth century, Stoke-on- Trent was the national hub of a thriving spiritualist movement. Yet few are aware of this hidden legacy, which has been overshadowed by the city’s industrial heritage. This exhibition and the book are part of the 18-month project ‘Spirited Stoke: Spiritualism in the Everyday Life of Stoke-on-Trent (SpELS)’ funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and developed by the Open University. The overall aim of the SpELS research project is to acknowledge the place of spirit in the everyday life of this very unique city, drawing on insights from the practices of the local Spiritualist churches and their congregations. The hidden history of Spiritualism reveals a mysterious and enchanted side to Stoke-on-Trent that continues to exist in the city’s urban fabric, and plays an enduring role in the modern Spiritualist Movement.
Daniele’s work explored the boundaries between the academic research and his practice as an artist and a photographer, responding to Stoke-on-Trent as a place in transformation, celebrating its architecture, people and their stories. Until 1951, when the witchcraft act was repealed, Spiritualism was everywhere in the sense that Spiritualists would utilise all kinds of rooms and buildings as places of worship, so it could turn up almost anywhere. Living rooms in private homes played a pivotal role as places of the everyday spirituality. The book and the exhibition are about celebrating this heritage. The three words Nature, Light and Truth, albeit in a different order, are present in the National Spiritualists Union logo, and evoke the history of the photographic medium, where nature constantly changes the world around us, light is literally embedded in the word photography and truth links with that belief in objectivity, which since not too long ago was making a print into a proof, evidence.
Private View: Thursday 31 March, from 17.00
Book launch & Finissage: Sunday 17 April, from 14.00
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 07403534188
The Old Fenton Library, Baker Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 3AF
From 31 March to 17 April 2016
Opening times: Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun from 12:00 to 18:00 (and on appointment)