Sackler CPD Programme Study Day: The Art of Clay

The Anthony Shaw Collection at York Art Gallery, 2017. Photograph by Katherine A. Caddy, copyright Yorkshire Art Journal.
The Anthony Shaw Collection at York Art Gallery, 2017. Photograph by Katherine A. Caddy, copyright Yorkshire Art Journal.

12 September 2018


TA Hall, Yorkshire Museum
St Leonard's Place
York, YO1 7FR

Sackler CPD Programme members: free

£10 for non-members. Coffee and lunch included

The Contemporary Art Society has recently started a new fund for acquiring ceramics: the Jackson Tang Ceramics Award. This ambitious scheme, to which both curators from craft and from visual arts can apply, has prompted further discussions about the reasons, the significance and the outcomes of a media-based practice.

Clay has specific techniques and its own jargon, teachings and residencies – independent from the visual arts – but also has many commonalities worth exploring. Within the long lasting institutional, categorical and cultural distinctions between visual arts and craft, we hope to discuss if those barriers matter any longer and to unravel the points in common between disciplines.

Throughout the day, we will explore the art of clay as a hybrid, collaborative and interdisciplinary practice. Confirmed speakers include author, historian and craft thinkers Tanya Harrod and Alison Britton; curators Sarah Griffin and James BeightonAndrew Renton, Keeper of Art National Museum of Wales; Adam Sutherland, Director Grizedale arts; gallerist and ceramicist Tommaso Corvi-MoraAlun Graves, Senior Curator – Ceramics & Glass, V&A; Isabella Smith, Assistant Editor at Ceramic Review and artists Aaron AngelNao MatsunagaAneta Regel and Richard Slee.

There will be a curator-led tour of York’s CoCA collection which highlights and celebrates British Studio Ceramics and is amongst the most important in the UK.


  • 11.00 – 11.30 Arrival and Registration
  • 11.30 – 11.35 Welcome by Ilaria Puri Purini, Contemporary Art Society
  • 11.30 – 11.50 Setting the Scene: Alison Britton in conversation with artist Richard Slee
  • 11.50 – 12.20 Adam Sutherland, Director Grizedale Arts
  • 12.20 – 12.40 Alun Graves, Senior Curator (Ceramics & Glass), V&A – Ceramics and Performance
  • 12.45 – 13.15 Isabella Smith, Assistant Editor at Ceramic Review, discusses form and finishes with artists Aaron Angel, Nao Matsunaga and Aneta Regel
  • 13.15 – 14.30 Lunch and visit to the CoCA Collection with Helen Walsh, Curator at York Art Gallery
  • 14.45 – 15.10 Tanya Harrod – Craft and Context
  • 15.15 – 15.45  Tommaso Corvi Mora, James Beighton and Andrew Renton discuss the challenges of exhibition making that includes ceramics. Moderated by Sarah Griffin
  • 15.45 – 16.00 closing remarks


Travel Bursaries are available for Museum Members, please apply by 1 August 2018. To apply and download the Contemporary Art Society Travel Bursary Form (.docx) click here

To book a place as a Sackler CPD Programme Member and/or apply for a bursary please email

To book a place as a non-Sackler CPD Programme member please pay using the link below


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