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Artist-in-residence for Northampton Centre
Kim Middleton demonstrating clay work CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT: Ceramic artist Kim Middleton (right), demonstrates clay work techniques to Clare Cole from the Northamptonshire County Library Service, the District Librarian for Northampton, and Dr Christina Elvin

Northampton Centre, part of the University of Leicester's Institute of Lifelong Learning, adds a new dimension to its courses in October with the arrival of an artist in residence. 

As well as holding several masterclasses to demonstrate clay work techniques at the Northampton Centre in the Autumn term, ceramic artist Kim Middleton will be working with students to create a ceramic mural. The mural will be made up of tiles created by individual students working at the Centre. She recently appeared on a BBC Television programme demonstrating this work. Kim hopes to involve many students in this project. 

Kim's two-month appointment has been made possible by the award of a PARTICIPATE grant which, under the auspices of the Artist in Residence scheme, enables the employment of a professional artist. The Artist in Residence scheme is designed to bring the arts closer to students and public alike in the vicinity of Northampton.

The project has the backing of Professor John Benyon, Director of the Institute of Lifelong Learning, and the University of Leicester's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess. "I am sure this will add to the scope of work already taking place in the Northampton Centre", said Professor Burgess.

Director of Studies Gerald Porter also saw this as a beneficial development for the Centre. "This is definitely a 'feather in our cap'", he said. "We are looking forward to having Kim working with us. The mural created by the students will eventually be mounted and available for permanent display within the Centre".

July 2002

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