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
Piece by Piece - The Gardiner Museum, Toronto. Canada
Marking the Line -Soanes Museum, London.
Exchange - The Foundling Museum, London
Plymouth Porcelain a new collection - Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery
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
Forever - Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Kansas City. USA
A Dark Day In Paradise - Brighton Pavilion.UK
Specimen - Royal Academy of Arts. London
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.
Witness - Jerwood Contemporary Makers, London
Blossom - Eden Project, Cape Farewell collaboration, UK
Trophy - Victoria & Albert Museum, London
RAW - Northern Clay Centre, MN, USA
The Secret History of Clay - Tate Gallery, Liverpool. UK
Approaching Content - Crafts Council. London
Heirloom - Mission Gallery, Swansea.
Gibbsite Stables - National Trust, Temporary Installation. Gateshead. UK
Still - Applied Arts Agency, London
North Ceramics Events - Burton Gallery, Bideford
Watching Change - Sirius Arts Centre, Cork
The Collective Gallery - Edinburgh.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Think Tank - Contemporary Applied Arts, London
White Spirit - Foundation Bernardaud, Limoges, France
Gun Show - Soil Gallery, Seattle, USA
Guns and Roses - Transit, London
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.
Ceramic Contemporaries 3 - London, Edinburgh, Stoke on Trent. (Awarded Exhibition Prize)
51st Concorso Internazionaledella Ceramica d’Arte Contemporanea - Faenza, Italy
ACE funding Specimen - Royal Academy
ACE funding Trophy V&A
AHRC Research Fellow - University of Westminster, London
London Arts Board - London Visual Arts Artist Fund.
City of Nyon Exhibition Prize - Porcelain Triennial Exhibition
Selected Makers index Crafts Council
Exhibition Prize - Ceramic Contemporaries 3
Royal British Sculpture Society - membership award.
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
1991 - 1994
Edinburgh College of Art, BA (Hon’s) Ceramics
The Royal College of Art, MA Ceramics and Glass
1998 - 2000
Visiting Lecturer Edinburgh College of Art
Lecturer - University College For the Creative Arts - Farnham
AHRC Research Fellow University of Westminster
2009 – present
Research Fellow University of Westminster
AHRC Behind the Scenes at the Museum - University of Westminster, London
ACE funding Specimen, The Royal Academy
AHRC Research Fellow -University of Westminster, London
London Arts Board, London Visual Arts Artist Fund.
City of Nyon Exhibition Prize, Porcelain Triennial Exhibition
Selected Makers index Crags Council
Exhibition Prize, Ceramic Contemporaries 3
Royal British Sculpture Society, membership award.
Ceramics Research Centre – UK
Researcher – Clare Twomey
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.