Stoke CEP commissioned local artist Kate Windsor to design an arts activity to celebrate Staffordshire Day and linked to Robbie Williams’ ‘Angel’ song.
The Stokie Angel’ design coincided with the celebrations for Staffordshire Day.
This event brought together schools, families and communities to decorate the template of the Stokie Angel or to use them as inspiration to create their own designs.
Kate was inspired by the Burslem Angel which sits at the top of the Old Town Hall in the Mother Town of the Potteries, her body was PotBank shape and she was wearing a crown of Bottlekilns proudly on her head. The templates were downloaded all over the county (and beyond) .’ it was just amazing to see the wonderful decorations and responses to our Angel and to see them displayed in homes and schools all over Staffordshire . ‘
There was over 218 angels created at the last count.
A selection of schools involved:
Our Ladys Fenton
St Saviors Talke
and many others took part not directly though their school.
‘We have been living in unusual times of late and it has been wonderful to see the amount of creativity that living in lockdown has sparked.’
This resourcefulness shows us the importance of art and culture in our communities and can never be underestimated. Actively being creative fosters critical thinking, imagination and ingenuity and a wonderful consequence of this is an experience of calm and well being and a sense of belonging especially when we come together with projects like Stokie Angel .
‘In my humble opinion losing yourself for a little while whilst creating something tangible or visual should be a part of our daily activities.’
You can download your own Stokie Angel from the resources section of the website.