Friday, 27 March 2015

BOOK NOW! Contemporary Chinese Ceramics and Glass Symposium

'New china from China'

 Contemporary Chinese Ceramics and Glass Symposium, 

Friday 17 April 2015


When? Friday 17 April 2015

What? New china from China, a one-day symposium at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. This symposium is organised in conjunction with the exhibition 'Ahead of the Curve: new china from China'.

How much is the symposium? Tickets: £30 (£15 students and concessions) 

How much is the exhibition entry? 'Ahead of the Curve' exhibition is free of charge.

How do I book? To book your tickets please click HERE>

About the Exhibition
'Ahead of the Curve' is a ground-breaking exhibition showcasing the latest developments in studio ceramics and glass art from China (particularly Shanghai and Jingdezhen). The exhibition is organised through a partnership between Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum and Two Cities Gallery, Shanghai.

Both the exhibition and the symposium seek to showcase exciting developments over the last decade in Chinese studio glass and ceramics. Studio glass making departments have only emerged in Chinese universities since 2000, whilst in the field of contemporary ceramics, a wave of new graduates are challenging the boundaries of their field

Funding for the project, which has been over four years in development, has been supplied by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, with grants for research visits to China from The British Council and The Art Fund.

Shelly Xue - Gather series - Angel is Waiting 9

About the Symposium
Symposium duration:  10:15 to 17:00

From 17:00 onwards there is an opportunity to join our curators for a guided tour of the exhibition (limited numbers).

The symposium will cover topics such as:
  • The place of Chinese ceramics and glass in the contemporary art world 
  • Technological and stylistic transfer and innovation in contemporary Chinese glass and ceramics 
  • Continuity and interruptions between traditional and contemporary craft in China 
  • The influence of local identity on ceramic production (i.e. Stoke-on-Trent and Jingdezhen) 
  • How artists formulate aspects of their identity (local, national and so on) through their artistic practice 
  • The role of galleries, museums and art colleges in the promotion of Chinese ceramic and glass art

Confirmed speakers include:
  • Andrew Brewerton, Principal, Plymouth College of Art, Honorary Professor of Fine Art, Shanghai University, former Subject Leader in Glass, University of Wolverhampton 
  • Rachel Marsden, Specialist in Transcultural Curating & Chinese/Asian contemporary culture, Coordinator (Research Assistant) at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CCVA) and Lecturer in MA Contemporary Curatorial Practice at the University of Lincoln 
  • Claire Blakey, Co-curator of 'Ahead of the Curve', Arts Curator, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent 
  • Helen Brown, Co-curator of 'Ahead of the Curve', Freelance Curator, previously Collections Manager and Curator of Fine Art at the Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum 
  • Ying Tan, Curator at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester 
  • Shelly Xue, Associate Professor, Glass Studio, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art and Researcher, Shanghai Museum of Glass and artist participating in the exhibition 
  • Shannon Guo, Co-curator of Ahead of the Curve, Curator of the twocities gallery in Shanghai, and Associate Professor, Fine Arts College of Shanghai University  
Potential speakers include:
  • Shao Changzong, Lecturer, Department of Sculpture Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, artist participating in the exhibition
Getting there
Train: the nearest railway station is Stoke-onTrent. From the station the museum is a 25-30 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride away.

Stoke-on-Trent is only an hour and a half away from London Euston by train. Visit the Virgin Trains website for more details. The cheapest fairs are available when booked in advance.

For even cheaper journeys, London Midland also run slower services from Euston.

Regular train services also connect Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester, Birmingham, Derby, Bristol, Bath and Oxford. For more train information click HERE> 

There are a number of hotels and bed and breakfasts in the area. Please click HERE> or telephone the Stoke-on-Trent Tourist Information Centre on 01782 236000 for more details.

Please note that the museum is located in Hanley (one of the six towns which make up the city of Stoke-on-Trent).

The Hanley Premier Inn at Etruria Road, Hanley, ST1 5NH is particularly close to the museum.Click HERE> for their details

About the location
The symposium will be hosted by The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.

Stoke-on-Trent, commonly known as The Potteries, is the historical centre of ceramic production in the UK. The area has many pottery attractions, including ceramic factory tours, museums and the Gladstone Pottery Museum, the last complete Victorian pottery factory in the country. A full list can be found HERE>

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Fully-funded AHRC PhD studentship in Ceramics & Glass

Dr Andrew Livingstone tells us of an opportunity to apply for a fully-funded AHRC PhD studentship in Ceramics & Glass at the University of Sunderland.

The University of Sunderland has offered AHRC-funded PhD studentships in Arts and Design since 2004, and since 2008, also as part of a partnership with University of Northumbria.

Each year from 2014 to 2019, PhD studentships in Art and Design are being offered as part of the Northumbria-Sunderland AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Art and Design

Deadline for submission - 12pm Monday 20th April 2015.

Interviews - Monday 18th May and Tuesday 19th May 2015.

Full details can be found HERE>