Free Artist Talks Series
A series of free talks given by professionals working in the glass and ceramics field.
Please note: these talks will take place in Lecture Theatre 007, St Peter’s Campus, University of Sunderland.
No need to book
Sarah Gee is a PhD researcher in contemporary ceramic art practice at the University of Sunderland. Her particular interest is the use of impermanence as a means of artistic expression in the field of ceramics.
Her talk will explore work by artists as diverse as Ai Weiwei, Clare Twomey and Adrián Villar Rojas. Ceramic has a reputation for permanence and fixedness. So why, and how, do artists work with clay in this seemingly counter-intuitive way?
The themes emerging from Sarah’s research will be illustrated by images of her own art practice, which includes environmental installation and performance work.
Vicky Higginson works with hot glass and will be talking about the work she has undertaken since graduating from her MA in 2011 and what it is like to start out as an independent artist.
Her work ranges from vessels to installations and has been exhibited in the UK and USA, in galleries and site specific venues. The talk will focus on the work she is currently developing in collaboration with scientists in the University of Edinburgh’s School of Biological Sciences, which will result in sculptural work interpreting their research in the medium of blown glass.
Head of Enterprise, Commissioning & the Studio
I am Head of Enterprise, Commissioning and the Studio at National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland, England and am a member of the Senior Management Team.
My practice is interdisciplinary combining drawing, sculpture and film.
I am an Israeli artist based in the UK working primarily in kiln cast glass.
Glass Maker and Artist
I have worked at National Glass Centre since finishing my degree in 2005.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Sara Jo Harrison joined National Glass Centre in 2012 to support the Centre's marketing and Communications strategy.
My work uses a range of media which acknowledges the interface between both traditional practice and new media.
Learning and Engagement Officer
Rachel joined National Glass Centre in 2007 to support the Centre's learning and engagement programme having completed MA Glass the previous year.
Kalki Mansel is one of National Glass Centre's resident glass artists.
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