For the Bluecoat Display Centre’s 60th anniversary programme, they’ve invited the collector Roger Morris to co-curate this exhibition which explores themes around collecting.
The themes include the pleasures of collecting, relationships between the special and the everyday, friendships of the journey and the Bluecoat Display Centre’s role in facilitating collecting.
Items will be ceramic, sculpture and furniture, supplemented by a small number of pieces in enameled silver and artworks by painters directly linked with the Bluecoat as a building. The ‘accessible price’ items will mainly be items such as mugs, bowls and utensils which are made to give pleasure in daily use.
All the items for sale will be from makers who are still active, but some will be very established names, some will be young makers who are still developing their practice, and some will be makers whose work has not been seen in the Display Centre before.
There will also be a small section of work ‘borrowed back’ in the form of pieces purchased from the Display Centre over the last thirty or so years.
Exhibitors include Ruth Ball, Halima Cassell, Carina Ciscato, Adam Frew, Walter Keeler, Chris Keenan, Jim Partridge, Petrel Furniture, Peter Howcroft, Lisa Cole Kronenberg, Clement McAleer, John Leach’s Muchelney Pottery, Emma Rodgers, Kaori Tatebayashi, Ed Teasdale and James & Tilla Waters.