INTERBEING: Emptiness is Form
An exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Ceramics
The Ceramic House
29thMay – 20thJune
Exhibition opening: Thursday 27th May
Public opening dates: 11-5pm 28, 30 May, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 June
Open by appointment at other times between 28th May and 20th June. Contact us here to make an appointment.
We are delighted to announce the dates for our next exhibition at The Ceramic House. The exhibition is part of Artists Open Houses which has been rescheduled for June 2021 and will coincide with the Brighton Fringe so there will be an abundance of culture happening throughout the month of June.
Emptiness is Form is the first event in our INTERBEING project, a cultural exchange between China and the UK taking place throughout 2020. Interbeing is a multifaceted project which begins at The Ceramic House and expands to encompass a programme of exhibitions, residencies and events across multiple venues, bringing sound and ceramic artists together in new collaborations. To accompany the ceramics on display in Emptiness is Form, a selection of Chinese sound artists will live stream performances during the exhibition. The results will be released on an album in collaboration with the Aural Detritus Concert Series.
Inter-being is a Buddhist concept that comes from the Heart Sutra and, in the context of the Interbeing project, explores the cultural connections between two seemingly very different cultures, the UK and China. By starting from a point of similarity rather than distance, we hope to foster and encourage a deeper understanding between artists from the two countries, especially at this time when the challenges of Covid-19 are pressing us towards more open international collaboration.
The title Emptiness is Form is taken from the Heart Sutra and reflects myriad ways in which the exhibitors work with the material of clay. The ceramists selected for this show represent established artists working in China and also newer emerging artists from China and around the world. All the artists have an interest in exploring both traditional techniques fused with a contemporary design sensibility offering a compelling overview of the breadth and range of contemporary Chinese ceramic practice today.