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College tutor is opening artist at new gallery

12th May 2015

Newcastle-under-Lyme College's Art and Design tutor, Joyce Iwaszko, is the opening artist at the first exhibition at a new gallery.

College tutor is opening artist at new gallery

The Smalt Blue exhibition and residency is the first exhibition to be held in the new space at The Gallery in the Prince of Wales Studios at Middleport Pottery and runs 10am – 4pm daily from 16th May – 10th July. There is a preview evening at 6pm on Friday 15th May.

The solo exhibition includes painting, installation and video, showing inspiration taken from the rich heritage of Middleport Pottery, including the making of the café Wall Paintings from conception to realisation. It will also feature previously inspired paintings that include the use of unconventional materials such as pigments, smalt, Burleigh transfer prints and paint.

Said Joyce, Lecturer in Visual Studies at the College: "I am delighted to be the first artist to exhibit in The Gallery in the Prince of Wales Studios, Middleport Pottery, as it will give me the opportunity to show the process of creating the café wall paintings, as well as previous work inspired by the patterns on the ware and new pieces made on site, during the residency."

The College has a national reputation for the quality of its art and creative courses and its many successful former students, including Oscar winning special effects director Pete Bebb, Esme Talbot who designs her own Potteries slogan based products and photographer Veronique de Viguerie who has travelled the world as
a photo journalist for publications including 'Paris Match'.

The College is also the only one in Staffordshire to launch its own town centre enterprise in the form of the M.A.D.E Here shop. The shop provides students past and present with an opportunity to sell their products whilst gaining business and employability skills.

For more information about art and creative courses at the College please visit our website at, call the Information Point on 01782 254254 or email


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