Have you heard of Urban Wilderness?
Urban Wilderness is an arts organisation founded in 2018 and embedded in Stoke-on-Trent. Their work is situated in hyper-local public spaces where their actions disrupt established narratives and re-imagine alternative futures.
The organisation work intensively with artists and underserved groups to build meaningful relationships, share power and instigate change.
The project aims to create artistic opportunities, commission artworks and produce thought-provoking projects and events in overlooked public spaces. Their vision is that public spaces should be democratic extensions of the community – valued by, and representative of, the people who live, work and spend time there.
This Autumn you might find things happening in hidden spaces across Stoke-on-Trent, including Longton Exchange.
Stumble across them, or perhaps you know the score; either way it doesn’t matter. Look at an old place in a new way, find a different path, or realise a place you thought was yours alone is shared by many.
A curated exhibition by Urban Wilderness is now open at the centre, exploring what public art can be during a pandemic.
This mixed media installation, ARKADIA, includes sculpture, digital photography and live botanicals and is open for exploration between 12 noon and 4pm on Saturdays.
To find out more, head to https://urbanwildernesscic.com/about