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Artist Nuala Clooney visits Middleport Pottery to commence Meeting Point programme

This week we’ve been joined on site by artist Nuala Clooney as part of Meeting Point, a programme led by contemporary arts agency Arts&Heritage. Nuala Clooney is partnering with Middleport Pottery on a project called “Lottie”, which draws inspiration from Middleport Pottery’s archive of Victorian jelly moulds and examines the history of jelly, blancmange and the history of the moulds, drawing parallels between cooking and craft.

This week marks the start of the project, and to kick things off Nuala very kindly hosted a mini Victorian tea party for the volunteers and staff at Middleport Pottery, with a traditional Victorian seed cake with lemon glaze, and stunning little clementine jellies made in the traditional Victorian method. We’re incredibly excited to see the journey that this project takes us all on, encompassing workshops with Middleport’s volunteers and local residents, drawing on inspiration from our industrial heritage and the work of Charlotte Rhead, and culminating in a Victorian Tea Party held in the grounds of Middleport Pottery.


Meeting Point, a programme led by contemporary arts agency Arts&Heritage ( Leading UK and international artists have partnered with museums in the Midlands to produce new artworks inspired by the museums and their collections.

Funded by Arts Council England through Arts&Heritage’s National Portfolio Organisation funding, Meeting Point presents artworks in unexpected places and supports small and medium scale museums to commission artists, forging new relationships between the contemporary arts and heritage sectors.

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