The
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The research

The Research

 

Ceramics is broadening out its dialogues with other fields through experimental practice and developments in critical theory. The relationship between ceramic artists and museum collections forms a key part of this development. This 3-year project will produce the first critical overview of the relationship between contemporary ceramics and curatorial practice in museum culture through artistic collaboration with specific collections and the publication of critical writing.

Working closely with the Freud Museum in London, York Art Gallery and Plymouth City Museum and Gallery, the researchers will examine how ceramic artists can animate museum collections in new ways. The creation of an in-depth website, which will publish bi-monthly commissioned essays from key international writers in the field, and the publication of an anthology of critical writing on ceramics and museology will contextualise and define the powerful relationship between ceramic practice and museology within the broader international arena of visual culture. A series of symposia, a major international conference and a major final exhibition will draw attention to the significance of contemporary ceramic practice within museums and develop a wider audience for both areas.

With the decline in education and industry of a practice that is of such fundamental relevance, the project will help to raise awareness not only of its importance in the contemporary art landscape but also its social and cultural relevance for new audiences. It will contribute to the dialogues and agendas which surround this significant area of practice by exploring a gap in cultural knowledge.

The project aims:

  • To produce the first critical over-view of the relationship between contemporary ceramics and museum culture through a body of theoretical and critical writing, the publication of an anthology of essays on ceramics and museology and the creation of a cutting edge website.
  • To investigate and contextualise both the history of curatorial practice in exhibitions of contemporary ceramics within museums, and also the recent developments in contemporary ceramic artists' interventions into museums.
  • To explore how historic collections can be animated through a dialogue with contemporary practice and to discover divergent research models for this exploration, through collaboration with three museum collections.
  • To contextualise and define the powerful relationship between ceramic practice and museology within the broader international arena of visual culture.
  • To draw attention to the significance of contemporary ceramic practice within museum culture and thereby develop a wider audience for both areas.

Each year the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities. Only applications of the highest quality are funded and the range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC please go to www.ahrc.ac.uk