Ceramics students and staff at Newcastle College are to display their work alongside internationally recognised artists at a unique exhibition.
Creative Spirit, which takes place at the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead between January 25 and February 14, will see Contemporary Ceramic Practice Foundation Degree students from Newcastle College display a wide range of ceramic creations, from figurative sculptures to an installation of hundreds of fine porcelain leaves, as part of their course work.
The students undertook a design brief to make ceramic work inspired by pieces on display in the ‘Designs for Life’ collection at the gallery, before turning the tables on their lecturers and course leaders by challenging them to produce their own exhibits.
The exhibition will also play host to an Interactive Ceramic Activity Day on Saturday February 9, where visitors will get the chance to test their own skills on the potter’s wheel, as well as handle exhibits within the gallery’s unique Rothschild ceramics collection.
Providing the public with a unique insight into his work during the Interactive Ceramic Activity Day will be acclaimed artist William Shannon, who will also be showcasing his creations at the Shipley as part of the Jerwood Makers Open exhibition, which coincides with Creative Spirit and runs from February 9 and July 6.
The world renowned Jerwood Makers Open exhibition is currently touring the UK after opening at Jerwood Space in London last July. It brings together new works by emerging artists Nao Matsunaga, James Rigler, Louis Thompson and Silvia Weidenbach, in addition to William Shannon.
Christine Constant, ceramics Lecturer at Newcastle College, said: “This exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for students at Newcastle College to rub creative shoulders with some of the UK’s most talented award winning artists. Our students have produced some outstanding ceramic work that rightly deserves to be showcased within a prestigious gallery like the Shipley.”
Virginia Wilkinson, Learning Officer at the Shipley Art Gallery, said: “The quality of the work within the Creative Spirit exhibition reflects the unique talents of each one of these exciting new artists. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the work of new ceramicists alongside works by internationally recognised artists.”