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WAC NEWS

All the latest on Wellington Arts Collective

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Throughout the months of June and July, the WAC team have been delivering over 40 tile making workshops within the community of Telford and Wrekin with a focus of celebration and connectivity and an idea of 'making good' the eroding concrete base of the Trig Point situated on top of the Wrekin Hill.


For thousands of years, people have been connecting with this iconic Wrekin landmark, made up of volcanic rock, millions of years old and home to wildlife, nature, folktales, fossils and fern tickets! The WAC team introduced some well known (and not so well known) snippets of interesting facts and fictions surrounding this beautiful hill to small groups of children, adults and families within the community of Telford, inviting them to share their own stories of the Wrekin.


Just over 1700 tiles were produced, each one made by hand and fired, glazed and fired again using the highest quality clay and incorporating local minerals and oxides specific to the Ercall and Wrekin. Fired at the Belfrey Pottery in Prince's Street.

 Celebrating their final year, and the completion of SATs examinations, Primary school children were asked what their hopes and dreams were for the future. Small intimate sessions were delivered in care homes, refugee groups, youth groups, churches and mosques as well as the Severn Hospice where reflective stories and poignant messages were received and shared.

Adults with learning and physical needs were brilliant in creating a wonderful range of creative illustrations and patterns relating to nature found within the Wrekin area. 

Three community workshops direct to the public were delivered in Southwater, Wellington and at the Belfrey Arts Centre, offering families and visitors from afar a chance to explore and discover information and facts about the Wrekin.

Within 8 weeks of intense workshops, kiln firings and glaze applications, designs, drawings and research, the WAC team gathered together a selection of the tiles, curating a beautiful collaborated piece of public art which represents a true voice of the people of Telford, One which will now be on top of the Wrekin for thousands of years to come.

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A huge thank you to everyone who took part in this project. Special thanks to Lee Griffin at H&L and to Psyche Hudson for believing in the Arts.

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Hub on the Hill. Detail of one of the children transferring their design on a clay tile.

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