The British Ceramics Biennial 2013
The opportunity to exhibit at the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke on Trent in the summer of 2013 was both rewarding and challenging. While The Uncanny Playroom was shown to great advantage in the Stoke on Trent Potteries Museum, its context was a familiar elegantly placed one, sited among many renowned contemporaries. The 23-figure work Sleepover however was shown in the dauntingly large-scale space of the China Hall in the former Spode factory which now serves as a regular home to the BCB. This gave me the opportunity to install the work in a context of challenging scale not explored since Fragments of Narrative at the Wapping Power Station in 2000. The meaning and resonance of this work was changed fundamentally by this context, prompting further ideas about the nature of space and its effect on content.
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Photos by Joel Chester Fildes. Courtesy British Ceramics Biennial.