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Expanded Interiors Re-Staged - Educational resource pack - Roman Face Pots

posted on 2022-02-11, 11:54 authored by Harriet SutcliffeHarriet Sutcliffe, Eniko Hudak, Catrin HuberCatrin Huber, Thea RavasiThea Ravasi
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This dataset contains an adaptable Powerpoint presentation for schools: Roman Face Pots, together with its respective worksheet (PDF). These built on the research done for Expanded Interiors. The Powerpoint presentation is also available as a PDF.

These educational resources are created for Key Stage 2 pupils (aged from 7 – 11; years 3,4,5 and 6).

Replicas of Roman face cups from Pompeii are part of Huber’s installation Along and Through, which was originally exhibited within the House of the Cryptoporticus at Pompeii. This teaching material playfully explores what Roman face pots are and their history, while linking Italian and British Roman sites. It encourages pupils to explore the Roman heritage they share with Pompeii and Herculaneum and the rich connections between Roman and contemporary visual culture, while creatively engaging them with Roman history.

Texts by Catrin Huber (text on slide 21), Eniko Hudak, Dr Harriet Sutcliffe. Design by Dr Harriet Sutcliffe. Concept by Catrin Huber, Eniko Hudak, Dr Thea Ravasi, Dr Harriet Sutcliife.

Please note that you can adapt the Powerpoint presentation to your own needs, however all the images are protected under the following licence: CC BY-NC-ND-4.0.

Please also note that this Powerpoint presentation ‘Roman Face Pots' contains a link to a video by master potter Graham Taylor from Potted-History, who has created for Expanded Interiors Re-Staged a hands-on introduction and demonstration to how the Romans made their face pots, together with instructions and a demonstration for children (and adults) to do their own face pots.

The exhibition Expanded Interiors Re-Staged relocated to Newcastle’s Hatton Gallery contemporary installations created by visual artist Catrin Huber as part of an earlier project, Expanded Interiors. Catrin Huber’s Expanded Interiors installations had been sited and displayed at the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Her installations had responded to and were in dialogue with the specific nature of the buildings and wall paintings from the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii and the House of the Beautiful Courtyard in Herculaneum. They were shown in situ from May 2018 – January 2019.

In the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle these installations were exhibited alongside new work developed by Catrin Huber to set them in a fresh dialogue in this new context, with the distinctive architecture of the Hatton Gallery. Artist Rosie Morris, who was part of the original Expanded Interiors research team was commissioned to develop her own contemporary installation in response to the research done within the Roman houses, and the new venue.

The Expanded Interiors Re-Staged exhibition ran from 3 July to 10 August 2021.


Expanded Interiors Re-Staged - from Herculaneum and Pompeii to the North-East of England

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