Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Press Release

Conceptual Work in Clay
Galway Celebrates Ireland's Year of Craft 2011
3x2 is an exhibition of Contemporary Clay, showing work of six ceramic artists at The Shed, Middle Pier, Galway City Harbour 3-19 November 2011, opening reception 3rd November at 6.30pm.
Three of the artists Claire Curneen, Andrew Livingstone and Clare Twomey are established makers living in the UK, the other three artists, Kate Howard, Anne O' Neill and Nuala Ní Fhlathúin are emerging Irish makers whose work in-corporates installation based contemporary practices in clay and mixed media.
The exhibition set in a large industrial space intends to open up ceramic practice to a wider Irish audiance, but also offers an opportunity to see conceptual work in clay by artists who rarely show in Ireland. Claire Curneen orgionally from Kerry and previously represented by the lamented Keane-on-Ceramics makes sensitive sculptural figures encompassing elements of human experiences: love, loss, suffering and compassion. Clare Twomey works with clay in large-scale installations, sculpture and site-specific works. Previous work includes Trophy an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, where 4,000 birds made from Wedgewood Jasper Blue Clay were scattered on the gallery floor and could be taken away by the audience. Andrew Livingstone's research operates within the expanded field of ceramics and investigates the employment of and interface between digital media, film, animation, photography and non-ceramic intervention. Crucial to this arena is the re-definition of an authentic positioning for ceramics, Andrew has been selected for the 2012 Taiwan Ceramics Bienniale.
The exhibition is co-curated and organised by Kate Howard and lecturer in Fine Art Ceramics at GMIT Rob D'Eath. The programme includes a lecture by artists Claire Curnneen and Andrew Livingstone on November 3rd from 1.30pm, Theatre 903, at GMIT Dublin Rd Campus. This exhibition is kindly supported by the Craft Council of Ireland, Galway City Council, Galway Harbour Company and Irish Ceramics in Education (ICE).
Press Contact: Kate Howard 086 8456773

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