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Curators' Craft Day


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CPD Craft Day

Curators' Craft Day  

11.00 - 13.00: Rochester Square 

We will meet Francesca Anfossi and Anastasia Sledkova, founding directors of Rochester Square, an artist-led project which provides ceramics facilities with the aim to bring individuals and communities together. A main distinction of this projects is its socially engaged agenda, which merges interdisciplinary practices, from ceramic work to farming, from gardening to food and hospitality. The site was previously a derelict nursery which has been restored and transformed, hosting a wide network of artists, cooks, gardeners and activists. 

During this CDP Craft Day, we will meet 6 artists are part of this network, who will give a 15-20 min presentation of their work. These include Francesca Anfossi, Lyson Marchessault (La Roche Pottery), Nick Bond, Peter Trnkus. Lucía Pizzani and Gaia Fugazza. 

Coffee and tea will be provided at arrival 

13.00 - 14.00: Lunch 

14.00 - 15.30: John Soane Museum  

We will meet ceramicist Bouke de Vries, who will talk about his exhibition Visions in Porcelain: A Rake’s Progress in the Sir John Soane's Museum –the early nineteen century neo-classical house museum and art collection of the architect. De Vries’ installation is response to panting by William Hogarth, part of the collection at the museum, addressing issues around materiality and time, as well as the process of deterioration followed by the effects of restoration and repair. 

Travel bursaries will be available please RSVP by the 24th May 2023 to info@contemporaryartsociety.org.

Studio Visit Bisili Noha EAST Visit to exhibition of Bouke de Vries and Rochester Square An acclaimed ceramicist Bouke de Vries’ work will respond to William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress. Starting with an immaculate celadon vase, de Vries treats the following seven increasingly deteriorating vases with a variety of restoration processes and glazes. Cracks appear in the surface, the vessels slump and implode – with obvious and drastic methods of repair failing to save the vase or Rake from their ultimate demise.   Rochester Square aims to bring people and communities together through ceramic facilities and socially-engaged projects. Emphasising the fascinating system of recycling clay: where after firing at a low temperature, the cups and pots are still so fragile that you can smash them on the ground after use and turn them back into the soil, which can then be used again to create new ceramic objects. This idea guides us in our approach to the development of activities at RS: a creative cycle from the earth (clay) to plants (garden) to plates (food).

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Travel bursaries will be available please RSVP by the 24th May 2023 to info@contemporaryartsociety.org.