Home Ground is a project initiated by Devon Guild of Craftsmen, which celebrates through a contemporary touring exhibition and participation programme, the cultural heritage of six National League Football Clubs that originated from a local crafts trade tradition.
The football clubs involved have long-established nicknames from the local craft industries that have shaped the community and locality. Macclesfield Town – “The Silkmen”, Walsall Town – “ The Saddlers”, Luton Town – “The Hatters”, Crystal Palace – “The Glaziers, Sheffield United –“The Blades” from the city’s worldwide reputation for steel production. Stoke City, “The Potters”, reflects one of England’s greatest industries having been the centre for ceramics production since the 17th century.
‘Home Ground’ has been on tour to the six locations acting as a catalyst for a participation programme with communities in and around each football club. Working with a contemporary artist using each locally distinct craft and inspired by local heritage, participants will create an authentic “souvenir” in partnership with Industry and cultural partners and organisations.
Zoë Hillyard - Rags to Riches
Phil Hardaker - Sculptural Archaeologist
Claire Wellesley-Smith - Provenance
Jane Bevan - Gathering
John Hagger - Something To Be Admired