Thursday, 31 March 2011

Scotland Meets Wales at Oriel Davies Gallery

Lowri Davies - seen here

Dawn Youll - Anodyne Adventure - seen here

I'm really looking forward to the upcoming shows at Oriel Davies Gallery in Newtown. From 16 April Placement - Ceramic Connections: Wales and Scotland will be in the main gallery, curated by two ceramicists;  Wales' Lowri Davies and Scotland's Dawn Youll. There's a fabulous line up of artists and makers including Laura Ford whom both artists had favoured on their wish list of participants:

Stephen Bird, Claire Curneen, Lowri Davies, Ken Eastman, Nick Evans, Laura Ford, Anne Gibbs, David Shrigley, Cecile Johnson Soliz, Conor Wilson, Dawn Youll

"Placement explores the subject of place, whether geographical or make-believe, and associated ideas around arrangement and placement, whether located to a place or within history. It aims to highlight important associations in the field of ceramics concerning location, geography, geology, ritual, commemoration and souvenir. Works by eleven artists reveal how ceramic objects can, and have been, used to articulate a particular language: telling stories and connecting us with both past and present."

Jonathan Anderson - Dark Bulb, 2009 - seen here

At the same time, in the Test Bed space at Oriel Davies, Swansea's Jonathan Anderson (also a Scot - so the connections are widened) will be showing an installation of works with the title Aggregates - I'm very interested to see how he uses the diminutive space, I can imagine it will be a powerful experience. 

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