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Ceramics on Show: Public and Private Displays

Friday 24 – Saturday 25 September 2010

Lecture Theatre, Victoria & Albert Museum

Ceramic objects are seldom viewed individually or in isolation. Our understanding and appreciation of them is fundamentally shaped by the spaces they inhabit, and the ways in which they are grouped and put on show, be it for entertainment or enlightenment. Following the opening of the new Ceramics Galleries at the V&A, this conference will explore the ways in which ceramic objects have been displayed by artists, collectors, museums, architects and retailers. Taking an international view, it will bring together historians, curators, and ceramicists to examine both contemporary and historic practice.

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Friday 24 September 2010

10.00         Registration and Refreshments   inside the V & A
10.30   Matilda Pye (V&A), Welcome Alun Graves (V&A), Introduction  
    Session One: Ceramics and Museums  
10.35   Reino Liefkes (V&A), The New V&A Ceramics Galleries  
11.05   Stephen Dixon (Independent artist/ Manchester Metropolitan University), The Artist as Exhibit  
11.15   Juliette Fritsch (V&A), Designing visitor-focussed learning into Ceramics exhibitions  
11.35   Jessica Harrison Hall (The British Museum), The Sir Percival David and British Museums Collections of Chinese Ceramics: Historic Displays and Contemporary Approaches  
12.00   Sarah Fayen Scarlett (Formerly Chipstone Foundation) and Martha Glowacki (Independent artist), Artist and curator, Ceramics and Science, Cabinet and Museum: An Unconventional Installation by the Chipstone Foundation  
12.25   Discussion and Questions, chaired by Alun Graves (V&A)  
12.30   Lunch (not provided)  
    Session Two: Ceramics on display  
14.00   Sonia Solicari (V&A), From the Wheel to the Till: Ceramic Display and Consumerism 1870-1914  
14.25   Jennifer Lee (Independent artist), 'U-Tsu-Wa': an Exhibition Designed by Tadao Ando and Directed by Issey Miyake  
14.35   Chris Jordan (Independent curator and historian), Enticement: Invitation and Display in the collection of Ernest Marsh  
15.00   Refreshments  
15.30   Julian Stair (Independent artist), Volumes within Voids: A Case Study of a Site-Specific Project  
15.45   Anne Anderson (Exeter University) and Scott Anderson (Southampton Solent University), Ceramics as Wallpaper in the House Beautiful.1860-1900  
16.10   Edmund de Waal (University of Westminster / Independent artist), 'I Placed a Jar': Ceramics in the Expanded Field  
16.35   Discussion and Questions, chaired by Matilda Pye (V&A)    
16.55   Close    

Saturday 25 September 2010

10.00   Registration    
    Session One: Ceramics and Architecture    
10.15   Reino Liefkes (V&A), Welcome and Introduction    
10.20   Maureen Cassidy-Geiger (Independent scholar and Cooper-Hewitt Museum/Parsons, The New School New York), Fact vs. Fiction: Pictorial Evidence for Historical Displays of Ceramics    
10.45   Teresa Canepa (Jorge Welsh /Leiden University), Ming Porcelain in 17th Century Portuguese Architecture: Santos Palace and Palace of the Marquesses of Fronteira    
11.10   Refreshments    
11.30   Matthew Partington (University of the West of England/V&A), Ceramics as Show -Site-Specific Ceramics in 1950s London Coffee Bars    
11.55   Andrew Ippoliti (J William Fulbright Scholar/ Xi'an Jiao Tong University), Objects & Spaces: Relationships in China    
12.20   Jeremy Theophilus and Barney Hare Duke (A Fine Line/BCB) The British Ceramics Biennial: Ceramics on Show in the City    
12.35   Discussion and Questions, chaired by Reino Liefkes (V&A)    
12.55   Lunch (not provided)    
    Session Two: Displaying the Contemporary    
14.15   Alun Graves (V&A), Positions and Strategies: Placing Contemporary Practice    
14.40   Tessa Peters and Janice West (Independent curators), Ceramic Narratives: Artefacts and Interpretation    
15.05   James Beighton and Alix Collingwood (MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), 'Violent Spurts of Creation and Action': The Challenge of Ceramics to the Fine Art Museum    
15.30   Refreshments    
16.00   Artists presentations: Keith Harrison (Bath Spa University), Aimee Lax, Anders Ruhwald, (Cranbrook Academy of Art) and Frances Priest    
16.50   Discussion & Questions, chaired by Glenn Adamson (V & A)    
17.15   Close    


£92 for two days, £74 concessions, £10 students
£46 for one day, £37 concessions, £5 students

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