The Precious Clay

20 Sep 2018 – 20 Mar 2019

Event times

Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 10am – 4pm
Christmas, Boxing day, Easter Sunday and occasionally for private functions, please phone for details.

Cost of entry

Adult £6.50
Concession £5.50
Children of 15 & under and carers free
No additional cost for exhibition

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Contemporary artists explore the Museum of Royal Worcester’s collections in new exhibition The Precious Clay


The Museum of Royal Worcester hosts a contemporary art exhibition within its newly refurbished spaces, curated by Meadow Arts.

The Precious Clay is an ambitious exhibition exploring porcelain and the museum’s historic collections through contemporary art. The artists in the show range from the world-renowned to those at the beginning of their art careers; their works respond to porcelain’s rich history as a medium and the social implications of its production, through sculpture, painting, installations, found objects and film.

Among the artists, Laura White returns to her home city of Worcester from her London base with a newly commissioned artwork, an installation called White Mud, which explores the objects around us, both precious and ordinary. Researching the Museum of Royal Worcester’s archives and historic collections for inspiration, the artist digitally scanned key objects from the museum, and everyday domestic objects like packaging, to make 3D printed replicas, which have then been used to make moulds to cast from.

With a film by Emily Speed (commissioned with the Canal & River Trust) shown alongside work by artists including Annie Attridge, Barnaby Barford, Bouke de Vries, Céline Berger, Christine Borland, Clare Twomey, Edmund de Waal, Edward Chell, Fernando Casasempere, Jessica Harrison, Leonora Lockhart, Livia Marin, Matteo Nasini, Mona Hatoum, Neil Brownsword, Rachel Kneebone and Rosa Nguyen. Storymine will create a new artwork called Portal by working with groups of former workers and Worcester residents, both young and older, to cast porcelain door handles and collect memories in a multi-media project that will become part of the exhibition. Look out for workshops and events at www.meadowarts.org

The exhibition is an opportunity to see the museum’s newly displayed world-class collection through the eyes and imaginations of contemporary artists.

Laura White’s colourful installation of sculptures fashioned from eBay and charity shop finds, The Esque Collection, will be on show at Worcester Cathedral from 10 Jan to 8 Feb 2019. The programme also includes a symposium bringing together academics and artists for a day of discussion and learning in February 2019.

20 Sept 2018 – 20 Mar 2019: The Precious Clay

Museum of Royal Worcester Severn St, Worcester WR1 2ND

8 January – 10 February 2019: The Esque Collection

Worcester Cathedral 8 College Yard Worcester WR1 2LA


Meadow Arts

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Laura White

Fernando Casasempere

Rosa Nguyen

Céline Berger (Fr)

Bouke de Vries

Clare Twomey


Christine Borland

Leonora Lockhart

Edmund de Waal

Matteo Nasini

Jessica Harrison

Edward Chell

Barnaby Barford

Rachel Kneebone

Annie Attridge

Neil Brownsword

Mona Hatoum

Livia Marin

Taking part

Meadow Arts


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