AirSpace Gallery has been commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council to develop and implement a design for a Walk of Fame as part of the Public Realm improvements for the City Centre. Over 4 weeks in the Autumn of 2017, in the run up to the city's bid for UK City of Culture, we carried out consultations with the City's public across its six towns in order to gain a consensus for who should make the list. That process has now finished and we have the top 30 names - the next step is the design process where we will present our design ideas to the Council and then work to implement and install what we see as a democratic inclusive championing
of and for the people. The final work is scheduled to be unveiled in Autumn 2018.
'The People’s Walk of Fame'
for Stoke-on-Trent celebrates a selection of notable individuals with strong connections to the city, as selected by YOU, the people of the city. Far from being a simple list of celebrities, the walk will be an opportunity to celebrate a variety of heroes of the city, some well known household names, and perhaps others ; more local heroes, nominated for their contribution and connection to the city.
The following ten names will have a starring role in the People's walk of Fame. All selections subject to approval.
in alphabetical order
, ceramic artist (1899-1972)
, entertainer (1887-1957)
, campaigner (1947-2010)
, paralympian (canoe) (1972-present)
Sir Stanley Matthews
, Footballer (1915-2000)
aeronautical engineer (1895-1937)
Emma Rice née Bridgewater
, potter (1960-present)
, squash player (1953-present)
, potter (1730-1795)
, entertainer (1974-present)
THE SUPPORTING CAST
The following 20 names will appear in supporting roles in the People's Walk of fame - (subject to approval)
in alphabetical order
Neil Baldwin aka Nello, kitman (1946-present)
Gordon Banks, footballer (1937-present)
Arnold Bennett, novelist (1867-1931)
Arthur Berry, playwright (1925-1994)
James Brindley, engineer (1716-1772)
Peter Cheeseman, theatre director ( 1932-2010)
Denise Coates, businesswoman (1967-present)
Peter Coates, businessman (1938-present)
Susie Cooper, ceramic designer (1902-1995)
Peter Crouch, footballer (1981-present)
Ray Johnson, documentary filmmaker
Lemmy, musician (1945-2015)
Molly Leigh, witch / benefactor(?) (1685-1748)
Lou Macari, footballer (1949-present)
Arnold Machin, artist (1911-1999)
Slash, musician (1965-present)
Captain Smith, ship captain (1850-1912)
Barnett Stross MP, doctor (1899-1967)
Phil Taylor, darts player (1960-present)
Jonathan Wilkes, entertainer, (1978-present)
We all have an idea of who should be included in the People's Walk of Fame, so please tell us who you would like to see included and why.
The People's Walk of Fame will be a chance to celebrate the city's heroes (Past and Present) during the time that the city bids for UK City of Culture 2021. We will be celebrating all the names submitted in an online campaign, and the top names will be put forward for a proposed celebratory public art work.
To be counted as eligible for The People's Walk of Fame, the person you vote for must be from the city, or have considerable links to the city.
Have your say on who should make it onto the Stoke-on-Trent People's Walk of Fame.
***You have until October 15th to put forward your City Hero for The People's Walk of Fame
You can vote online - Cast your vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/P77BCHJ, ***
or alternatively, come and see us at one of the following events:
Friday, 15th September 10am-4pm
Hanley, Fountain Square.
Saturday, 16th September 10am - 4pm
Longton Indoor Market.
Wednesday, 20th September 10am - 4pm
Stoke Indoor Market
Thursday, 21st September 10am - 4pm
Friday, 22nd September 10am - 4pm
Tunstall Indoor Market
Saturday, 23rd September 10am - 4pm
Burslem, Swan Square
There will be a final opportunity to vote in public from 10am-4pm on Tuesday, 17th October, in FountainSquare, Hanley
Tuesday, 17th October 10am-4pm
Hanley, Fountain Square.
There are so many brilliant People from Stoke! Who should I vote for?
Your Stoke Hero may be someone that has made an impressive contribution to the city's heritage, they may be a potter, an entertainer, an artist, a sports personality etc; they could be someone that has contributed to the city's reputation worldwide, or someone that has done a lot for the people of the city.
Whoever you choose, make sure you tell us why you think they deserve to be celebrated. We just need to know:
Tell us why you have chosen this person in under 50 words:
You can email this to firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit us at one of our events, or submit online via
The People's Walk of Fame is a project initiated by Stoke-on-Trent City Council, as part of the City of Sport Celebrations, and City of Culture Bid. It is a commitment to celebrating the great work of people from our city.
The project is managed by AirSpace Gallery, with lead artist Anna Francis
and Design and Delivery by artist Rebecca Davies