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Curating Ceramics: Innovative Display and Audience Participation Methods – Tue 26 Jan 2021

Curating Ceramics: Innovative Display and Audience Participation Methods

Date: Tuesday 26 January 2021, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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In 2020 the Shipley Art Gallery acquired the John Christian studio ceramics collection. Originally due to open as a new permanent collection this year, these plans have been put on hold due to COVID. However, to celebrate this exciting collection at one of the UK’s leading arts and crafts museums, you are invited join us for this, and a second event on the 2nd February 2021, exploring ceramic collections and community, with leading international artists and curators.

This event is a partnership between Newcastle University, the Shipley Art Gallery and the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) Subject Specialist Network at York Art Gallery, and supported by Arts Council England.

Programme

26 January 2021 – 16:00-18:30

4– 5pm: Introduction to the Ceramics Collection at Shipley Art Gallery

The Shipley is home to the extensive Henry Rothschild ceramics collection and hosts the annual Rothschild Ceramics Lecture; the bi-annual Rothschild Bursary; and the Rothschild Community Programme. The gallery has also recently acquired the John Christian studio ceramics collection. Led by Julie Milne, Chief Curator of Art Galleries, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums and Ben Jones Project Coordinator (Shipley Arts Participation), this talk will explore how the Shipley currently engages with its community through its ceramics collection; and question what future creative opportunities for engagement would look like. There will also be a sneak online preview of some of the Gallery’s new and established collections, alongside an opportunity to browse an online exhibition of new ceramic work by Newcastle University Fine Art students responding to selected pieces from the John Christian collection.

5 – 6pm: Lecture, ‘Museums, Ceramics Collections and Community Agency’, Dr. Rachel Gotlieb

Dr. Rachel Gotlieb will discuss her curatorial practice interpreting ceramics in the context of contemporary gender issues, social ideologies, aesthetics and disrupting the canon. Drawing from her curatorial experience at the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art in Toronto, she will share the challenges of working in a medium-specific institution and trying to make it relevant and progressive in the highly competitive art world.

Specifically, she will focus on three artist responses that she curated: Joanne Tod: Invited InvasionAn Te Liu: Mono No Ma, and Clare Twomey: Piece by Piece. Each installation raised the profile of the artist and the museum and, most importantly, animated its ceramics collection to engage the public but in very different ways. She will also discuss Transformation by Fire: Women Overcoming Violence Through Clay, a community-based project that honoured the women of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic who experienced violence and participated in clay art therapy sessions at the Gardiner as a process for healing. The exhibition celebrated the 10th anniversary between the two institutions and was designed to increase public awareness about violence against women in a sensitive, informed, and compelling way.

Who is the speaker?

Rachel Gotlieb holds a PhD in Art History from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and an MA in Design History from the RCA/V&A in London. She serves on the faculty of Sheridan College Bachelor of Craft and Design where she teaches design history. Gotlieb is also Adjunct Curator at the Gardiner Museum. Dr. Gotlieb was previously the Gardiner’s Chief Curator and Interim Executive Director. In 2017 she was appointed a Theodore Randall International Chair in Art and Design at Alfred University in upstate New York, and a Research Fellow at the Winterthur Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Gotlieb has curated over twenty exhibitions and published extensively on the subject of ceramics, craft and design. Her work has been supported by the Canada Council and the Museum of Heritage and has received awards from the Canadian Museums Association, Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Ontario Craft Council. Another significant area of her research is interpreting the agency of British ceramics in the nineteenth century, some which has been published in the Journal of Design History (2019).

Banner image: Copyright Colin Davison

Tickets for the symposia are free. In respect of the time, effort and public funding that have gone in to developing the programme, you are expected to attend if you book a ticket. If for any reason you are unable to attend we ask that you cancel your ticket, so you place can be taken up by someone else. Thank you.

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Curating Ceramics: Online Collections, Community Building and Activism – Tue 2 Feb 2021

Curating Ceramics: Online Collections, Community Building and Activism

Date: Tuesday 2 February 2021, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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In 2020 the Shipley Art Gallery acquired the John Christian studio ceramics collection. Originally due to open as a new permanent collection this year, these plans have been put on hold due to COVID. However, to celebrate this exciting collection at one of the UK’s leading arts and crafts museums, you are invited join us for this, and a first event on the 26th January 2021, exploring ceramic collections and community, with leading international artists and curators.

This event is a partnership between Newcastle University, the Shipley Art Gallery and the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) Subject Specialist Network at York Art Gallery, and supported by Arts Council England.

Programme

2 February 2021 – 17:00-18:30

Discussion – Online Communities with artists Ayumi Horie and Gerald Brown

Ayumi Horie will discuss the projects, Pots in Action and The Democratic Cup as examples of online collections, community building and activism. She will consider ways in which ceramic collections can be reframed to draw out underrepresented histories and give agency to local communities, based on her belief in the ability of ceramics and art as a catalyst for connection, transformation and social change.

Horie’s project, Pots in Action was a thematic Instagram feed, documenting topics within ceramics and were guest-hosted by artists and curators all over the world. Retired in 2019 and now being translated into an open-source website, the project shared global knowledge, histories and cultures with 120,000 following. The Democratic Cup was conceived of as a slow activism project that used handmade cups to encourage people to become active and engaged citizens in democracy. The intent was to foster person-to-person civil conversations about social and political issues, creating cups to act as agents of social change by generating positive political discourse.

Gerald Brown will discuss her co-founded project, The Clay Siblings’ Project, a non-profit initiative providing free ceramic workshops around the America. The initiative aims to not only give insight on possible ventures and opportunities through clay, but change the overall view of who can be a practicing artist. They are committed to demonstrating that all people, regardless of race, gender expression, religion, socio-economic status or any other marginalized identity, have something valuable to give as well as gain from the ceramic community as well as the larger art world. In a landscape of diminishing access to material-led practices across the UK across both primary, secondary and tertiary education, Clay Siblings was created in response to similar issues in America; Brown will discuss the importance of demystifying the ceramic process, bringing fresh, new perspectives into the classroom and being a voice of hope for students who doubted their potential.

Who are the speakers?

Ayumi Horie is a full-time studio potter from Portland, Maine who makes functional pots, mainly with drawings of animals. In 2015, she awarded a Distinguished Fellow grant in Craft by the United States Artists and is the first recipient of Ceramics Monthly’s Ceramic Artist of the Year award. This year, 2020, she was awarded an Honorary Member at NCECA for “outstanding contribution” to the field. She has taught workshops and given lectures at many universities, art centres and residencies in the U.S. and abroad, including the Archie Bray Foundation, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Greenwich House Pottery, Penland School of Crafts, Peter’s Valley, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the Northern Clay Centre, and the International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark. She has served on the board of directors at the Archie Bray Foundation and American Craft Council. Currently, Ayumi is now Vice President of the board of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Her work is in various collections throughout the US, including the Museum of Art and Design in New York City.

Gerald A. Brown is a Chicago Southside native, currently based in Philadelphia, PA. She received her BFA from Syracuse University, double emphasis in Sculpture and Ceramics. She has researched in Paris as well as furthered her studies at Penland and Haystack Mountain School of Craft. Brown is a current member of the art collective Vox Populi, curating shows and special programming. In addition, she is a teaching artist assistant with The Clay Studio’s Clay Mobile outreach program, one of the Board of Directors at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts and co-founder of the Clay Siblings’ Project.

Image header: Copyright Colin Davison

Tickets for the symposia are free. In respect of the time, effort and public funding that have gone in to developing the programme, you are expected to attend if you book a ticket. If for any reason you are unable to attend we ask that you cancel your ticket, so you place can be taken up by someone else. Thank you.

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