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New china from China: Contemporary Chinese Ceramics and Glass Symposium

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The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
Bethesda Street, City Centre, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 3DW , Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3DW
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This event will take place at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent.

New china from China is a one-day symposium on Friday 17 April 2015, at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent. This symposium is organised in conjunction with the exhibition Ahead of the Curve: new china from China.

New china from China showcases exciting developments over the last decade in Chinese studio glass and ceramics. Studio glass making departments have only emerged in Chinese universities since 2000, whilst in the field of contemporary ceramics, a wave of new graduates are challenging the boundaries of their field.

The symposium will cover topics such as:

  • The place of Chinese ceramics and glass in the contemporary art world
  • Technological and stylistic transfer and innovation in contemporary Chinese glass and ceramics
  • Continuity and interruptions between traditional and contemporary craft in China
  • The influence of local identity on ceramic production (i.e. Stoke-on-Trent and Jingdezhen)
  • How artists formulate aspects of their identity (local, national and so on) through their artistic practice
  • The role of galleries, museums and art colleges in the promotion of Chinese ceramic and glass art

Confirmed speakers:

  • Shannon Guo, Associate Professor, University of Shanghai and co-founder twocities gallery, Shanghai
  • Shelly Xue, Associate Professor, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Fudan University, Shanghai (founder of glass programme) and exhibiting artist
  • Shao Changzong, Lecturer, Department of Sculpture, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute and exhibiting artist
  • Wan Liya, exhibiting artist
  • Andrew Brewerton, Principal, Plymouth College of Art, Honorary Professor of Fine Art, Shanghai University, former Subject Leader in Glass, University of Wolverhampton (recorded paper)
  • Ying Tan, Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Art, Manchester
  • Rachel Marsden, Specialist in Transcultural Curating & Chinese/Asian contemporary culture
  • Claire Blakey, Co-curator of Ahead of the Curve, Arts Curator, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent
  • Helen Brown, Co-curator of Ahead of the Curve, Freelance Curator, previously Collections Manager and Curator of Fine Art at the Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum.

To bring this innovative exhibition to the UK, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery has worked with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery; The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, curator Helen Brown; and Two Cities Gallery in Shanghai.

Funding for the project which has been over four years in development has been supplied by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts, with grants for research visits to China from The British Council and The Art Fund.

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