What’s the story?
A ceramic mural showcasing the ‘Tube Line/Majolica’ style of hand painted ceramics was commissioned in 1989 for use in tilers H&R Johnson’s showroom.
Designed by Graham Hughes and produced by a team of 12 specialists, the large mural (14’ x 6’) depicts a colourful exotic tropical jungle and is very tactile.
The mural attracted much attention with an overseas customer offering a substantial sum of money for it although it was not for sale.
In 2001 the mural was offered to Blythe Bridge High School due to its local industrial links and educational opportunities, however the scale of the mural made this unachievable and it was moved to the educational facility, The Kingston Centre in Stafford where it was enjoyed for many years.
In 2018 the Kingston Centre was decommissioned by Staffordshire County and after much discussion Councillors and County Council Officers agreed that the mural could be moved. Investigations took place to identify specialists who could safely move the mural whilst preserving this significant piece of pottery heritage.
What will the funds be used for?
A company (Richard Rogers Conservation Limited) has been identified as having the expertise and willingness to safely move the mural. The funding will be used to reconstruct the mural in three vertical panels (whilst retaining its grandeur) so that it can easily be clicked together and transported.
The funding will also be used for transportation costs and for commissioned educational material for use at the display sites.
What will the mural be used for?
The education potential of the mural is wide ranging - from art and design, creative writing, industrial history and due to its tactility can be used in SEND settings.
The mural would also be lent out for exhibit purposes to pottery organisations, museums and any other parties who may be interested in it – the mural would be a stunning feature in a reception area!
Arrangements can be made for interested sponsors to view the mural – it is more stunning in reality – the photographs do not do it justice!
All donors who give at least £10 will be acknowledged in the education pack
All donors who give at least £20 will be entered into a draw for free tickets to Alton Towers for a family of four
Donors who give at least £1,000 will be invited to the unveiling of the Mural.