The second in our series of online talks focusses on the handmade and the makers at the forefront. The series will be running alongside our annual ceramics exhibition.
Each talk is approximately 30-40 minutes long followed by discussions and we welcome your questions in advance to help build the conversation.
Join for one talk priced at £10 or take up Online Membership for the entire year and attend as many as you would like. Membership includes an archive of digital content to catch up on these and other recorded talks as well as online video and research.
Individual Talks: £10
Online membership to include all online talks for the year: £20Online membership
Wednesday 14 April, 6:30pm
From lacemakers to vascular surgeons; Savile Row tailors to molecular scientists, potters to violinists or racing car drivers – those from apparently unrelated professions all use their hands.
After a lifetime spent in the medical profession, conducting surgery in war zones and trauma wards to reach the peak of his profession, Kneebone combines his experiences as a doctor with insights from the fields of art, science and music to understand the importance of manual dexterity for our well-being and wider culture.
Wednesday 21 April, 6:30pm
Join us online for a talk by author and biographer William Feaver as he discusses the life and work of the artist Lucian Freud.
Though ferociously private, Lucian Freud spoke every week for decades to his close confidante and collaborator, the art critic, curator, artist and lecturer William Feaver.
Wednesday 31 March, 6:30pm
What Powers Creativity? The relationship between Patron, inspiration and problem solving is at the heart of some of the worlds most incredible creative endeavours. Winch Designs has built a career taking imagination and partnering craftspeople who know how to make it possible.
Join us for a discussion on the role of Patronage in supporting the crafts that all started in the Yacht building industry and did not stop there.
Andrew Winch’s love of yachts was ignited in childhood, during long summers spent sailing the Solent in his father’s 42ft (12m) Beneteau. He completed a degree in 3D Design at Kingston College of Art, and then went on to gain experience as a skipper in the Caribbean, followed by an apprenticeship for acclaimed yacht designer, Jon Bannenberg. His love of yachts would persist through adulthood and inform his entire life’s work, leading him and his wife Jane, as designer and company manager, to establish Winch Design in 1986.
Now with specialist teams and support programmes for craftspeople in all types of materials and projects from the practical to the unimaginable, a long chain of projects continue to support artists and their studios to make breath taking ideas become reality.
Saturday 27 March, 6:30pm
The curator of our new ceramics exhibition Paul Greenhalgh launches and discusses his new book ‘Ceramic, Art and Civilisation’.
In his new book Paul Greenhalgh tells the story of ceramics as a story of human civilisation, from the Ancient Greeks to the present day. As a core craft technology, pottery has underpinned domesticity, business, religion, recreation, architecture, and art for millennia. Indeed, the history of ceramics parallels the development of human society.
Wednesday 24 March, 6:30pm
Join us for a discussion with the curator and writer Glenn Adamson as he introduces his new book on crafts and making.
A central theme in Glenn Adamson's work has been modern craft: the application of skilled making to the world around us. His new book will be concerned with American craft and building societies through making.
Wednesday 17 March, 6:30pm
Join us with David Goodhart discussing the status of work outside the knowledge economy & reviving the status of work by heart & hand.
Author and journalist David Goodhart discusses and presents the ideas from his latest book ‘Head, Hand, Heart: The Struggle for Dignity and Status in the 21st Century’.
Friday 5 March, 6:30pm
Join us for a panel discussion with Penny Hay, Annie Warburton and Steve Dixon as they discuss the importance of the imagination in making.
When most schools have thrown away their kilns and waking up to a world that has been modelled on consumption.
6 March – 4 April
For our third annual celebration of ceramic we are delighted to invite Paul Greenhalgh, Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, to curate this collection of senior twentieth century ceramicists; Magdalene Odundo, Alison Britton, Carol McNicholl, Martin Smith & Steve Dixon.
6 March – 25 April
Ree Soo-Jong (born 1948) has long been recognised as one of Korea’s principal ceramic artists. Vitally, he has always been engaged with painting and drawing, running this thread alongside his ceramic activity.
6 March – 25 April
Lee Hun Chung (born 1967) has a national reputation as an artist who has engaged with conceptualist approaches to practice. He often works with large-scale installations, that deliberately confound any demarcation between the various disciplines.
Art critic Chang Dong Kwang tells us that “Lee is a potter, sculptor, designer, architect, painter, installation artist, poet, and labourer, because he is full of raw human character”. Much of his work is multi-media, with large-scale ceramic sculptural forms at their heart.
9 April – 2 May
Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, Haraldsdóttir’s works are inspired by Nordic pattern and folklore. Her family was originally from a small village on the Snaefellness Peninsular called Olafsvík in the shadow of the celebrated twin peaked glacial mountain that inspired Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
The patterns on her ceramics echo the distinctive black and white designs of Icelandic woollen garments, rugs and tapestries, inspired by snow, nets and other crystalline and geometric forms.