17th February – 22nd March 2024
Wexford Arts Centre
Wexford Y35 X5HF
The Ceramic House has been collaborating with OpenGorey in developing tits current Edges project since its inception. We are delighted to be bringing various strands of the project together with an exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre in Wexford, Ireland, in early 2024. Edges is an innovative and collaborative programme involving contemporary practitioners who work with sound and ceramics and has been taking place across Ireland, Estonia and the UK since spring 2022, curated by Kay Aplin and Joseph Young in partnership with organisations in Ireland and Estonia.
At Wexford Arts Centre, ceramic and sound artists from all three countries will participate in the exhibition in the newly renovated space.
Kay Aplin and Joseph Young will be presenting new work created following their residencies at Interface, Connemara in June 2023 and Watts Gallery, Surrey in September-December 2023. Images below show photographs Kay Aplin took looking down the microscope at mosses and lichens she gathered whilst at Interface with collaboration of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. This forms part of the research material that she will use to create new work for the exhibition.
In Peripheries, the first part of the Edges project, two pairs of ceramic artists from Ireland collaborated with ceramic artists from Estonia during a residency at The Ceramic House that took place in April-May 2022. The results of the residency were exhibited in Peripheries at The Ceramic House in May 2022 and will be recontextualised in a new display at Wexford Arts Centre as part of the exhibition in spring 2024. The images below show the work produced by the artists in residence for The Ceramic House show in May 2022.
The concluding part of the Edges project will be a final exhibition at Watts Gallery, Surrey, in late spring 2024.
Produced by artist-curators Kay Aplin & Joseph Young of The Ceramic House, Edges is a ceramics & sound art collaborative project involving artists from three nations at the western and eastern edges of Europe. Partners include: Wexford Arts Centre, Interface Residency Centre, Connemara, Estonia Academy of Arts, Framework Radio, Belfast School of Art, Limerick School of Art and Design, Atlantic Technological University, Galway and Watts Gallery.
Edges will develop ideas of exchange, what it means to work at the edge of something, to be on the fringes, and how we understand the outsider. ‘Edges’ also expands on positive concepts of materiality, understanding artistic practice as a so-called ‘cutting edge’, where boundaries are pushed back, and frontiers explored. Edges also explores geographical boundaries and coastlines.