Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket. Wexford, Y35 X5HF
20th Feb – 21st Mar 2024
Opening Launch: Sat 17th Feb, 3pm, featuring performances by Joseph Young & Suzanne Walsh
Curated by Kay Aplin & Joseph Young of The Ceramic House in partnership with Irish curator & sound artist Richard Carr, the Edges exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre (WAC) explores ceramics and sound art practice through the work of artists from three nations at the western and eastern fringes of Europe – Ireland, UK and Estonia. The works were developed as part of artist residencies and international exchanges, creating collaborative encounters across the two disciplines.
Edges explores what it means to work at the edge of something and how we understand the outsider. Edges also expands on the idea of artistic practice as a so-called ‘cutting edge’, through the investigation of geographical boundaries and coastlines of the host nations.
The exhibition at WAC is the result of three separate artist residencies and one new commission. All of the artworks exhibited can be seen as works-in-progress or experimental iterations, made under tight time constraints and in response to place and site.
The first residency took place in April 2022 at The Ceramic House (supported by i-Portunus European funding) pairing two sound artists from Ireland, Linda O’Keeffe and Suzanne Walsh, with Estonian ceramists Juss Heinsalu and Pille Kaleviste. Over a period of four weeks, they worked together in pairs and the resulting exhibition Peripheries was shown as part of the Brighton Artists Open Houses festival.
The second residency at Interface in the Inagh Valley, Connemara in June 2023, saw Aplin and Young exploring the Connemara landscape, accompanied by curator Richard Carr, in a series of walks and wanderings, gathering binaural sound recordings and plant, fossil, lichen specimens as they went.
The third residency took place at Watts Gallery & Artist Village, Surrey (Oct-Dec 2023), the former home of celebrated artist couple, George Frederic and Mary Watts. Here, Kay and Joseph explored a more personal take on encounters through partnership, both through the lens of their own relationship and the creation of The Ceramic House, their artist home, which was conceived and developed by Kay.
Additionally, the curators commissioned ceramic artist Katharine West (IE) and sound artist Patrick Tubin McGinley (EE) – selecting pre-existing works to be displayed together creating a dialogue in the gallery space and uncovering new ways of listening and viewing the material (clay) and the ephemeral (sound).
Patrick Tubin McGinley
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 has used 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 Inagh, Connemara, Framework Radio, Limerick School of Art and Design, Atlantic Technological University, Galway and Watts Gallery.