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Ceramic art at Brighton festival

The Artists Open Houses Festival 2017, from May 6-28, will focus on ceramics and ceramic art

There will be a focus on ceramics and ceramic art at the 2017 The Artists Open Houses festival, which sees artists, makers and designers across Brighton opening their doors and studios to sell their work direct to the public. The festival will take place in Brighton, Hove and beyond over four weekends of May, from Saturday 6th May to 28th May.

One of the highlights of the 2017 festival will be The Ceramic House’s Made in Korea - an exhibition at of work from Korean ceramicists curated by ceramist Kay Aplin (The Ceramic House, as part of the UK-Korea Cultural Season 2017-18, supported by the British Council. Accompanying it will be an investigation into collaborative sound art and ceramic practice with sound artist Joseph Young (

Following an Arts Council funded research trip to Korea in 2016, Aplin has selected work from Korean ceramicists, to be exhibited initially at The Ceramic House in May, as part of Artists Open Houses during the Brighton Festival period, and then transferring to leading Mayfair gallery, Sladmore Contemporary in July. Two invited Korean ceramists will undertake a residency at The Ceramic House and the work will be exhibited at British Ceramics Biennial (BCB), Stoke-on-Trent, opening in September.

Three Korean and three UK sound artists will engage in a sonic dialogue curated by sound artist Joseph Young. The sound works will reference ceramic manufacturing processes in the UK and Korea and feature on a specially designed, geo-locative audio app, with the sounds discoverable via GPS at iconic locations in Stoke-on-Trent and Seoul.

Featured artists include

Kay Aplin Over 22 years of practice, Aplin has undertaken numerous commissions creating site-specific work for the public realm and exhibiting her large-scale ceramic installations nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions include European Ceramic Context, Denmark and In A Shetland Landscape, Shetland Museum and Archives.

Myung Nam An (BA Ceramics, Camberwell), London-based is gaining global recognition for her wall-based sculpture. Solo shows in Hong Kong.

Jin Eui Kim (PhD Ceramics, Cardiff), Cardiff-based. Illusory thrown work won numerous awards. Work in permanent collections including National Museum of Wales.

Made in Korea can be explored at Kay’s home The Ceramic House, a continually evolving personal project transformed into a work of art and showcase of her ceramic creations. A favourite of the Artists Open Houses Festival, The Ceramic House, can be found at 75 Stanmer Villas, Brighton, BN1 7HN

Internationally acclaimed ceramist and printmaker Carolyn Genders will open her working studio to the Artists Open Houses Festival for the first time this year, to showcase her beautiful sculptural ceramic vessels. The essence of Carolyn’s ceramic work is the relationship of form, brushstroke and colour, creating movement and depth. Drawing, both on sculptural forms and on paper, allows the investigation of line, plan and colour, which is the foundation of Carolyn’s practise. Carolyn was awarded a Selected Maker Award by Craft and Design Magazine in 2016 and has exhibited all over the world, including the International Ceramics Biennial (2015). Carolyn’s workshop, Arthouse37, can be found at 37 Chailey Avenue Rottingdean BN2 7GH.

Along with other festival favourites Atelier and Aymer Arts, this year many new artists houses and studios will be taking part, giving everyone a chance to discover something new.
The largest event of its kind in the UK, around 200 houses and studio spaces across the city open their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,500 artists and makers. Last year over 200,000 people visited the festival.

Artists Open Houses offers the chance to buy a hugely diverse range of artworks directly from the artists and makers themselves. The houses are grouped into one of 14 trails around different areas of the city, each with its own unique character and atmosphere - from the fishermen’s houses of Hanover to the urban warehouse spaces of the North Laine and cottages of the South Downs village of Ditchling.

Entry to the Artists Open Houses festival is free to the public.

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