Social commentary and political satire explored through ceramics
A brand new exhibition will explore the work of artists who create worlds of pop culture references, social commentary, and political satire via ceramic items.
Welcome To My World: Ceramics with Narrative is the first exhibition in the UK that looks at the personal, political, and social scope of modern ceramics.
The exhibition features work by some of studio ceramics’ most recognisable artists, including Richard Slee, Philip Eglin, Ian Godfrey, Stephen Bird, Steve Dixon, Paul Scott, and Matt Smith.
Alongside exciting early-career artists, including winner of the 2020 Ingram Prize Con nor Coulston, Anne Athena, Lena Peters, and Katy Stubbs.
Most of the artists in the exhibition present their own take on the traditions of ceramic making and classical art from Richard Slee’s Toby jugs and Paul Scott’s blue and white plates to Barnaby Barford’s use of ‘ready-made’ figurines and Hylton Nel’s cats.
Lincs Inspire said: “We are excited to be featuring several artists who have never exhibited in UK public sector galleries before, including Roberto Lugo, SunKoo Yuh, Srinia Chowdhury, Hollie Lyko, Cameron Crawford, and Xavier Monsalvatje.
“Artists undergo long periods of isolation in the studio, working up sketches, ideas, characters and getting to know their subject. Makers come to inhabit the stories their work narrates and the characters that populate them. There is inevitably self-reflection in this process, but it is also driven by a desire for these stories to have an audience, or for catharsis, or for their ideas to resonate with others.
“The exhibition features many artists from BAME and LGBTQ+ communities, including Sim on Bayliss, Nala Turner, Hylton Nel, Stanis Mbwanga, Isaac Scott, Dustin Yager, Enas Satir and Mac Star McCusker.”
The exhibition is also set against the back-drop of how artists have responded to the on-going pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.
The exhibition is split into several artist focuses, where the artists are presented in a way that looks closely at their practice, and themed installations linked to The Burton at Bideford’s collection including COVID-19, the refugee crisis and identity.
The exhibition will run from 26 November until March 19 2023.
Pictured: Blue Pot by Katy Stubbs