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Uttoxeter artist takes on prestigious exhibition

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A FORMER Uttoxeter pupil is making a big splash in the world of art as she puts on her first solo exhibition.

Rose Wade, a former pupils of Thomas Alleyne’s High School, is exhibiting her art work at the Air Space Gallery, in Broad Street, Stoke on Trent, from 10am to 4pm until Friday, open every day except Sunday and Monday.

The artist has already seen her unique work receive some top awards after winning the Berkofsky Arts Award while studying for a degree in art and design during her final year at Leeds University.

This award allowed her to put on her own exhibition in the Stoke gallery.

The student’s practice works between photography and drawing and explores the relationship between the social and economic impact of loss of industry within Great Britain.

Miss Wade said that this series of work has been influenced by numerous trips to Stoke on Trent as living locally to the city has given a greater understanding and passion for the potteries.

The basis of her work has been formed through photography, with large scale drawings then developing on from this.

These drawings are exclusively produced using charcoal within the drawings maps and have also been transferred onto the paper, mapping the key areas of the past and present city of Stoke. Miss Wade added that the city is clearly proud of its heritage and the work not only makes comment on the social context of the decline of industry and city but also aims to act as a monument to the potteries.

Thomas Alleyne’s head teacher Julie Rudge said: “It is fantastic to see previous pupils from Thomas Alleyne’s High School go on to achieve so much success in their fields.

“Outstanding work continues in art with many pupils being recognised for their work in the recent rotary awards.”

More information on Miss Wade’s work and examples of her creations are available by visiting the website at http://roseanniewade.prosite.com.

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