Focusing on the spheres of Pop Art and Contemporary Craft (in the form of Ceramics) this exciting new show will consider why both art movements have, in their own way, been subject to misinterpretation and to designation as low art forms.
It will offer a revised view of both artistic styles as important comments on popular interests, commercialization and the decline of traditional ways of making. In doing so, we aim to illustrate that Pop Art and Contemporary Ceramics, whilst aesthetically polar-opposites, both offer an important and legitimate means of producing art, Art which should be elevated to the realms of fine art and not belittled or labelled as anything other.
In a simultaneous attempt to rethink previous representations which muddy our appreciation of Craft in relation to the glamour of the Pop Art movement of the 1950's and onwards, this exhibition will showcase new ceramics by selected members of the Northern Potters Association, alongside prints from Pop Art superstars such as Sir Peter Blake, CBE, RA.
Celebrating 40 years of the Northern Potters Association we are delighted to be presenting new work by 10 artist-makers from the North: Alison Brayshaw, Barbara Wood, Bev Seth, Josie Walter, Michelle Freemantle, Penny Withers, Katie Braida, Charlotte Morrison and Harriet Mckenzie. Limited edition prints by the renowned Sir Peter Blake, produced in association with Enitharmon Press and in response to the well-known, if quirky, tale of Dylan Thomas' 'Under Milk Wood' will also be on show. Additional, and perhaps more traditionally 'Pop Art' prints by Eduardo Paolozzi, Robert Rauschenburg and others will also be on show.