Since 2011, Kay Aplin has been curating exhibitions of the highest standard of international contemporary ceramics within the unusual domestic context of this unique house. Every year since then, as part of Artists Open Houses during the Brighton Festival in May, The Ceramic House has opened its doors to the public with additional exhibitions, residencies and events happening occasionally throughout the year.
Initially, inviting artists personally known to Kay, the scope and ambition of The Ceramic House exhibitions has grown in parallel with the spread of tiled features throughout the space. In 2014, Fantastic Tales: Danish Contemporary Ceramics marked a turning point with the first themed exhibition and the development of increasingly wide-ranging and multi-faceted projects.
In 2016, a mini ‘white cube’, In Camera, opened, offering a neutral space for installations and providing a space for performance events. In Camera Gallery website here. This project space was designed to function as a centre to investigate the links between sound and ceramic practice, a development that has come out of Aplin’s ongoing collaboration with sound artist Joseph Young, inaugurated with their joint project Landscape : Islands in 2016.
2017 Made in Korea, The Ceramic House, touring to Sladmore Contemporary, London
2016 Landscape : Islands – an exploration into ceramics and sound, touring to Guildhall Museum, Rochester
2016 In A Shetland Landscape, In Camera Gallery, touring to Guildhall Museum, Rochester and Dover Arts Development Project Space