Tuesday, 27 September 2011


Clare Twomey is a British artist, who works with clay in large-scale installations,
Sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts. Within these works Twomey has maintained her concerns with materials, craft practice and historic and social context.

At the Brighton Pavilion this summer she housed thousands of black butterflies that became a veil of mourning in amongst the wonderful yet menacing rooms of the Pavilion creating a discussion about the indulgence and excess of the building and its creation.

At the Royal Academy earlier in the year she worked with the traditional flower makers in stoke on Trent to make hundreds of exotic flowers in a work titled Specimen that examined the protection of objects and the destruction of objects as the flowers were not fired and exposed to the publics touch through the exhibition. This vulnerability relates to the losing of craft skills in Stoke on Trent.

Clare Twomey is actively involved in critical research in the area of the applied arts, including writing, curating and making. She has developed work, which expands the fields’ knowledge of larger scale installation works.

 GSK Contemporary, Earth: Art of a Changing World, The Royal Academy of Arts, London

 Cast Courts, Victoria & Albert Museum

 Zuiderzee Museum, Holland.
 Possibilities and Losses, mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

 The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas, USA


Wednesday, 7 September 2011

3x2 Exhibition of Contemporary Clay, exhibiting six ceramic artists: Claire Curneen, Andrew Livingstone, Clare Twomey, Kate Howard, Anne O’Neill and Nuala Ní Fhlathúin 3/11/2011 - 19/11/2011

Set in a large industrial space 3x2 presents work by Claire Curneen, Andrew Livingstone and Clare Twomey three UK based ceramists at the centre of the international 'new wave' of cutting edge ceramic practice. Kate Howard, Anne O’Neill and NualNí Fhlathúin are three emerging Irish ceramists whose work incorporates installation-based contemporary practices in clay and mixed media.

The exhibition aims to challenge conventional thinking behind the practice and exhibition modes of contemporary ceramics. As part of Ireland’s Year of Craft the exhibition will reflect the diversity and excitement of contemporary craft practice and importantly, assist in securing an elevated place for ceramics in the national consciousness. The core objective of this exhibition is to bring contemporary ceramics to a wider audience as well as building on the language of contemporary clay in Ireland.

Kindly supported by The Craft Council of Ireland, Galway City Council, Galway Harbour Company and Irish Ceramics in Education (ICE).