Edmund de Waal: if we attend

24 Oct 2015 – 21 Feb 2016

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10:00 – 16:00
11:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00

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Pallant House Gallery

Chichester, United Kingdom


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  • Chichester Railway Station is a few minutes walk from Pallant House Gallery. There are many direct links from London Victoria, Brighton, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Gatwick Airport. Trains to London Waterloo connect at nearby Havant.
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‘if we attend’ (2015), a white, wall-mounted vitrine with translucent glazing and 16 porcelain vessels.


British artist Edmund de Waal encountered the art and poetry of David Jones at Kettle’s Yard while studying English at The University of Cambridge. When he later started working with porcelain, it was Jones’ work that profoundly influenced his approach to making.

‘if we attend’ (2015), a white, wall-mounted vitrine with translucent glazing and 16 porcelain vessels, is a new piece produced especially for the David Jones exhibition. It references the calming slowing down effect of these words in the second line of Jones’s poem The Anathemata: ‘We already and first of all discern him making this thing other. His groping syntax, if we attend, already shapes…’. The work, displayed alongside two other porcelain works – ‘in the north north east’ (2014) and ‘thirteen circles’ (2014) - will be accompanied by a series of poems by David Jones, creating a contemplative space reflecting the nature of the work. De Waal’s new book The White Road, published by Chatto & Windus, launches this autumn.

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