17 – 19 July 2014
Theaster Gates will give the Keynote address for ‘Cermaics in the Expanded Field’. This two-day international conference considers ‘how ceramic practice has broadened over the last decade, initiating new forms of experimental practice and dialogues within the human environment’. With a background and practice rooted in both pottery and urban planning, Gates utilises ceramics in innovative ways in his artwork, using ceramic works to consider issues like political history and interracial relationships. His work has an ultimate aim of driving social change.
The conference marks the culmination of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project Ceramics in the Expanded Field: Behind the Scenes at the Museum. The organisers worked closely with Freud Museum London, York Museums Trust and Plymouth City Museum and Gallery to produce three practice-based projects, animating the museums’ historical collections.
Concurrent with the conference they will present an exhibition in the University of Westminster’s Marylebone gallery space, Ambika P3, from 17–19 July, which will reflect on the findings from their research and explore the impact these projects have had on their respective practices.
The conference is organised by Christie Brown, Professor of Ceramics, Dr Julian Stair and Clare Twomey, Research Fellows, and Laura Breen, doctoral student.
'Theaster Gates: Ceramics in the Expanded Field – An International Conference'
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road