A contemporary approach to the Tullie House porcelain collection
Tullie House Art Gallery: 6 March – 9 May 2010
The Robert Hardy Williamson collection comprises over eight-hundred pieces of predominately 18th and early 19th century English porcelain from key English porcelain factories. The owner of a successful ship-building business at Harrington in West Cumbria, Williamson amassed this important collection from around the time of his marriage in 1908. The collection was bequeathed to Tullie House Museum in 1940 and a selection of it can ordinarily be seen, in the cases from Williamson’s home, on the staircase of Old Tullie House.
Andrew Livingstone is Subject Leader in Ceramics at the University of Sunderland and an artist with an international reputation for exploring the meanings to be found in combining hand-crafted ceramics with found objects, performance and new technologies. Over the past year, the artist has been studying and documenting the Williamson collection of porcelain to ask the question ‘What might it look like now?’
From his research, Livingstone has created an exciting new body of work which uses formal and narrative elements of the collection to reflect back upon contemporary society, to explore the value attributed to objects and to examine the demise of the ceramic industry in the UK. Using film, electronic media and installation, the artist will literally animate the ordinarily static fired clay object. Parallax View promises to provide a fresh perspective on Tullie House’s porcelain collection and to shatter all preconceptions of ceramic exhibitions.
Tuesday 6 April, 1.00pm
Melanie Gardner, Keeper of Fine & Decorative Arts at Tullie House, will be giving a short illustrated talk about the Robert Hardy Williamson collection in Tullie House Lecture Theatre.
Free admission; no booking required.
Thursday 29 April, 2.00pm
Andrew Livingstone will be providing an illustrated talk about his work in Tullie House Lecture Theatre.
Tickets: £4 (£3 concessions). Advance booking strongly advised; please call Tullie House Box Office on 01228 618700.
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