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CLARE TWOMEY

 

Born in 1968, UK. Lives and works in London, UK.

 

Clare Twomey is a British artist and a research fellow at the University of Westminster who works with clay in large-scale installations, Sculpture and site-specific works. Over the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts.

 

Within these works Twomey has maintained her concerns with materials, craft practice and historic and social context.

 

Clare Twomey’s installations have the social and historical context in which the installation is created as their point of departure. Often they only exist within these frameworks. A number of her installations disappear or perish in the course of the exhibition period as part of the work. Often the onlooker’s mode of behaviour is conceptually included in Twomey’s works. This, for example, applied to the artwork Conscience/Consciousness (2003), in which Twomey had covered the floor of the gallery with very thin ceramic tiles which broke when trodden on.

 

Clare Twomey is actively involved in critical research in the area of the applied arts, including writing, curating and making. She has developed work, which expands the fields’ knowledge of larger scale installation works.

 

SITE SPECIFIC EXHIBITIONS

 

2014

Piece by Piece - The Gardiner Museum, Toronto. Canada

 

2013

Marking the Line -Soanes Museum, London.

Exchange - The Foundling Museum, London

 

2012

Plymouth Porcelain a new collection - Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery

 

2011

Is it madness. Is it beauty. - Rotor - Siobhan Davies. London.

Present Traces - Ceramics in Contemporary Art.GI Holdegard. Denmark.

Rotor - Siobhan Davies. London. GI Holdegard. Ceremics in Contemporary Art, Denmark.

Collecting the Edges - Denver Art Museum.

Made in China -Thing Tang Trash - Upcycling in Contemporary Ceramics. Norway. Permanenten The West Norway Museum of Decorative Art

 

2010 

Forever - Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City. USA

A Dark Day In Paradise - Brighton Pavilion.UK

Specimen  - Royal Academy of Arts. London

 

2009 

The Collection - Raphael Gallery V&A. London

Scribe - House of Words - Dr.Johnson's House.London.UK

Monument - MIMA Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. UK

Monument - Zuiderzee Museum, Holland.

 

2008

Witness - Jerwood Contemporary Makers, London

 

2007

Blossom - Eden Project, Cape Farewell collaboration, UK

 

2006

Trophy - Victoria & Albert Museum, London

RAW - Northern Clay Centre, MN, USA

 

2004

The Secret History of Clay - Tate Gallery, Liverpool. UK

Approaching Content - Crafts Council. London

 

2004

Heirloom - Mission Gallery, Swansea.

 

2003

Gibbsite Stables - National Trust, Temporary Installation. Gateshead. UK

 

2002

Still - Applied Arts Agency, London

 

2002

North Ceramics Events - Burton Gallery, Bideford

Watching Change - Sirius Arts Centre, Cork

 

1998

The Collective Gallery - Edinburgh.

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2007

Think Tank - Contemporary Applied Arts, London

 

2006

White Spirit - Foundation Bernardaud, Limoges, France

 

2002

Gun Show - Soil Gallery, Seattle, USA

Guns and Roses - Transit, London

 

2001

Kaphenberg Biennial - Austria, Denmark

IST World Ceramic Biennial - Korea. (Awarded certificate of merit)

Porcelain Triennial - Nyon, Switzerland. (Awarded City of Nyon Exhibition prize)

Manises Biennial De Ceramica - Spain

Museum of Modern Art - Kyoto, Japan. Edinburgh Makers.

 

1999

Ceramic Contemporaries 3 - London, Edinburgh, Stoke on Trent. (Awarded Exhibition Prize)

51st Concorso Internazionaledella Ceramica d’Arte Contemporanea - Faenza, Italy

 

 

AWARDS

 

2009

ACE funding Specimen - Royal Academy

 

2006

ACE funding Trophy V&A

 

2004

AHRC Research Fellow - University of Westminster, London

 

2002

London Arts Board - London Visual Arts Artist Fund.

 

2001

City of Nyon Exhibition Prize - Porcelain Triennial Exhibition

Selected Makers index Crafts Council

 

1999

Exhibition Prize - Ceramic Contemporaries 3

 

1998

Royal British Sculpture Society - membership award.

 

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

 

Swiss National Museum - Nyon, Switzerland

MuseoInternazionale Della Ceramiche - Feanza, Italy

Hungarian National Ceramics Collection - Kesckemet Hungary

Great Ormond Street Hospital - Arts Project. Entrance Atrium Sculpture.

The Wedgwood Collection- national archive.

Victoria and Albert Museum - London

ACADEMIC INFORMATION

 

1991 - 1994

Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hon’s) Ceramics

 

1994 -1996

The Royal College of Art, MA Ceramics and Glass

 

1998 - 2000

Visiting Lecturer Edinburgh College of Art

 

2000 -2005

Lecturer - University College For the Creative Arts - Farnham

 

2005 -2009

AHRC Research Fellow University of Westminster

 

2009 – present

Research Fellow University of Westminster

 

 

AWARDS

  

2011

AHRC Behind the Scenes at the Museum - University of Westminster, London

 

2010

ACE funding Specimen, The Royal Academy

 

2004

AHRC Research Fellow -University of Westminster, London

 

2002

London Arts Board, London Visual Arts Artist Fund.

 

2001

City of Nyon Exhibition Prize, Porcelain Triennial Exhibition

Selected Makers index Crags Council

 

1999

Exhibition Prize, Ceramic Contemporaries 3

 

1998

Royal British Sculpture Society, membership award.

 

Ceramics Research Centre – UK

Researcher – Clare Twomey

 

Ceramics Research Centre Site

 

The Ceramics Research Centre UK is a leader in the debates surrounding international contemporary ceramic practice. Critical discussion is essential to the maturity of our discipline, we are committed to exhibiting and publishing as well as hosting and participating in conferences, symposia and dialogues. Our interests span ceramic installation, art practice, ceramic history, the interface between ceramics and performance and museology.

 

The Ceramics Research Centre is building on the strong profile of its members and their international activities.