On 7th March City College hosted a retrospective of the work of John McQuade (1932–2020), a local artist who attended Burslem School of Art as a student back in its heyday. The event was a perfect opportunity for his family and friends to reminisce and to admire some of his exquisite work – some of which is on permanent display in the Burslem School of Art Trust Room, and in our City College art studio.
An avid lover of steam trains, John worked as a stoker on the Leek to Cheddleton line, and he replicated the engines he worked on in models made using balsa wood and two-part epoxy resin. He had many admirers of his work, was adored by many, but was very modest, and his family are pleased that some of his beautiful work can be displayed for others to enjoy.
We were also featured as part of a wonderful write-up of the exhibition in ‘The Sentinel’.
Thank you to Burslem School of Art Trust and the City Learning Trust for making this event a success.