A Striking Bell on Orkney in Jerwood Open

Veneration Bell at Porth Lleuog 2013, mixed installation by Adam Buick
Veneration Bell at Porth Lleuog 2013, mixed installation by Adam Buick

A new exhibition at the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness features work by five rising stars in applied arts who have all received a unique commissioning opportunity from Jerwood Visual Arts.

As part of Jerwood Makers Open 2013, commissions of £7,500 were awarded to textile artist Roanna Wells, paper artist Nahoko Kojima, ceramicist Adam Buick, jeweller Linda Brothwell and conceptual maker Maisie Broadhead affording them an exciting opportunity to freely develop new ideas central to their individual practice. With processes spanning embroidery and paper cutting to photography and film installation, the selected artists/makers each employ high quality craftsmanship to explore and challenge traditional thinking in applied arts.

Ceramicist Adam Buick has treaded new ground by combining ceramic sculpture with explorations in film to produce an evocative body of new work.   Producing a series of hand-thrown porcelain bells he plays with location and context, displaying the objects in a variety of natural architectural spaces, including hidden sea caves found in his native Pembrokeshire.  Documenting the process on film, Adam draws the eye of the viewer to striking environments which may often go unnoticed.

The exhibition opened in London in July and the Pier Arts Centre is the exhibition’s first stop on a tour of the UK.  It is on display alongside side an exhibition by Orkney Craft Association and the galleries Permanent Collection.

See: Jerwood Makers Open 2013
Until 9 November 2013
Pier Arts Centre, Victoria Street, Stromness, Orkney KW16 3AA
Open Tues-Sat 10.30am-5pm

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