King’s Cross is built on clay – sticky, black and yellow stuff – at times a challenge to the developers.
Back in the 18th and 19th centuries, tile and brick makers set up works in the area and many of the buildings you see today are made of the material – be it the terracotta grandeur of St Pancras, the Victorian warehouse that is now home to Central Saint Martins, the filigree brickwork of the German Gymnasium, or the newest residential developments.
Join Clayground Collective and get creative with clay!
This summer, you and your friends and family will have the chance to practise your building skills by getting stuck into clay.
Join artists Clayground Collective as they delve into all things clay – encouraging people to get creative with this amazing natural material,
Clayground Collective’s project Clay Cargo takes inspiration from Josiah Wedgwood, ceramic industrialist and pioneer investor in the canal system. The project renews the connections between ceramics and the waterways by travelling ‘Wedgwood’s ways’ with workshops and public events on boats and canalside locations in London, Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent.
Since back in 2007, Clayground has invited people around the world to dig clay and relay this to London for incorporation into an installation.
Help build a sculpture and see the ‘clay cargo’ from around the world
This August, together with members of the public, Clayground will create a large-scale clay sculpture on canalside steps at King’s Cross. This will be a temporary monument to the changing city and the anonymous makers past and present who give it shape.
The world clays and voluntary effort in relaying these to London will be celebrated with original music composed by Nathaniel Mann and Daniel Merrill performed by steel orchestra, The Melodians, before the cargo of clays travels on to Stoke-on-Trent in time for the British Ceramics Biennial.
Saturday 15th August 2015 – Sunday 16th August 2015
Free just drop-in
Suitable for children aged 6 years with accompanying adult only
Wheelchair accessible activity available
Clay Cargo is devised in partnership with Canal & River Trust and British Ceramics Biennial and is supported by King’s Cross, Camden Libraries, Genesis Housing Association, The Headley Trust, Central Saint Martins, Global Generation, Sound & Music, Potclays and individual donors.
Clayground Collective is supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and is a BBC Get Creative Champion.