J Kay Aplin – Architectural Ceramics
In 2016 the first residency programme for artists was hosted by The Ceramic House, as part of Landscape : Islands. Since then, residencies have become one of the main aims in The Ceramic House’s objectives, an integral component of the development of the international, wide-ranging and multi-faceted projects we strive to achieve. Residencies are usually associated with a current project involving artists collaborating towards a project outcome, typically an exhibition, with additional events such as touring shows, performances, workshops and talks.
Landscape : Islands
Landscape : Islands was the first project to focus on collaborative sound art and ceramic practice, initiated when Kay Aplin teamed up with sound artist and curator Joseph Young in developing a new ongoing investigation into the intersection between craft and digital media.
The Landscape : Islands residency programme brought together two pairs of international ceramic and sound artists to collaborate in the making of new work in response to ‘landscape’, in partnership with Phoenix Brighton. The resulting work was exhibited as part of Brighton Digital Festival at Phoenix Brighton, curated by Aplin and Young, alongside a touring version of their own collaborative exhibition In A Shetland Landscape at In Camera Gallery. See Landscape : Islands residency here.
Made in Korea
In 2017, Made in Korea provided the context for the second residency, in which two Korean ceramic artists collaborated on new work in response to the ceramic manufacturing traditions of Wedgwood in Stoke-on-Trent. The work they created will be exhibited at British Ceramics Biennial, alongside a new body of work by Kay Aplin, inspired from traditional Korean roof tiles. The two installations will evoke a cultural conversation between UK and Korean ceramic traditions and will be further linked by a four-channel sound installation by Joseph Young, composed of the sounds of hand-made clay making processes recorded in artists’ studios in Korea in Korea and industrialised ceramic production in factories in Stoke-on-Trent, creating a multi-layered soundscape. See Made in Korea residency here.
Future plans for residencies include an ongoing programme of opportunities available to national and international artists working in the media of ceramics and sound through an open application process, in addition to specific projects by invitation.
Artists in residence will be offered accommodation in The Ceramic House and studio space is provided at Phoenix Brighton, where Aplin and Young have ceramic and sound studios respectively. Exhibition outcomes will be associated with a particular project or could offer opportunities to exhibit in The Ceramic House or In Camera Gallery. Additional events such as talks, workshops and performances could also be included as part of a residency with our partners, such as the University of Brighton, Phoenix Brighton and many more project specific partners.
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