A wonderful opportunity to see and purchase works by the potters and ceramicists taking part in the Festival – available only over the festival weekend!
Open 8.30am – 6pm Saturday, 9am-4pm Sunday.
North Wales Potters’ and South Wales Potters’ Exhibition
Festival Cup Sale
All festival participants and visitors are invited to bring with them a cup (or similar cup-sized item) to be displayed and ultimately sold in aid of the Festival. All cups will be exhibited over the weekend, and will open for sale on Sunday morning at 8.30 am. Demand for these sales is always high, so if you’ve spotted something you would like, get there early as its first come first served! A big thank you to everyone who supports this sale – the revenue helps contribute to the running costs of the Festival and helps us keep the ticket prices as low as possible. Please see Cup Sale for more information.
Emerging Makers Exhibition
There will be an exhibition featuring work made by the finalists of the Potclays Emerging Makers Award. The winner of the 2015 Potclays and ICF New and Emerging Makers International Visiting Artist Award- Lanty Ball (work pictured), will also be showcasing the work made in response to his residency.
(downstairs in the Arts Centre)
Crossings: Adam Buick and the Legend of Tresaith.
30th June – 27th August 2017
Ceramics Gallery, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, Wales.
Adam Buick potter and film maker has developed this innovative project, based on the story of seven Irish princesses sent across the sea to land at Tresaith and marry Welshmen. Tresaith (town of seven) is part of Ceredigion Heritage Coastline. Reflecting on the topical theme of dangerous sea crossings, Adam will make seven moon-pots to be launched from Ireland to sail across the Irish Sea and hopefully land safely in Ceredigion. Their journey will be recorded by tracking systems and charted on a webpage. Adam will also make a film about the project to be shown alongside maps and moon pots as part of this exhibition which will take place during the International Ceramics Festival this summer. The exhibition will also include commissioned work by Marged Pendrell, Meri Wells and Val James who have also responded to the theme.
The exhibition and film will be available for touring from November 2017. There will be special activities and events organised in relation to this project over the summer. The project is in collaboration with the Computer Science Department of Aberystwyth University and is supported with funding from Arts Council Wales.
The Ceramics Collection is part of the School of Art Collections of of Aberystwyth University. It is one of the major collections of non-industrial ceramics in Britain. It features over 2000 pieces as evidence of the highest achievements of contemporary British and international ceramics, and is particularly noted for its early 20th century collection of studio pottery. It features a permanent display of historic studio pottery in the back of the gallery and a changing exhibition at the front.
Open Fri, Sat 9am-9pm, Sun 9am – 9pm
Arts Centre Exhibitions
24 June – 2 September
Artworks by historically renowned artists associated with Outsider Art and contemporary self-taught artists who see themselves as facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation; 21 of whom have been selected from open submissions. Radical Craft “communicates the dynamic of living and making, of using transformative potential of craft to enter other visionary worlds…craft becomes a process of resistance and method of adaptation” Alice Kettle.
Terence Wilde, Embodiments
The World Illustration Awards 2017
29 May – 9 July
The World Illustration Awards presents a unique snapshot of contemporary international illustration by emerging and established talent. The exhibition recognises the exceptional work produced by illustrators internationally and promoting illustration as an essential contributor to global visual culture. Featuring work from the UK to USA, and South Korea to France, and covering a wide breadth of practice, including books, design and editorial, to reflect the diverse disciplines within the industry. The AOI’s World Illustration Awards 2016, in partnership with Directory of Illustration.
Ben Boswell: David and Margaret Frith
Ceramics in Context series
27 May – 23 July
Ben Boswell has been photographing potters David and Margaret Frith since the 1980s. This is the first exhibition in the Ceramics in Context series.
Arts Centre Craft & Design Shop
(Opposite Arts Centre main entrance)
During the festival the Craft & Design shop offers a range of hand-made ceramics, featuring Welsh makers in particular. It also sells Aberystwyth souvenirs and much more and is where you can buy newspapers over the weekend.
Friday 10am to 8.15pm, Sat: 8am – 8.15pm, Sunday 9am – 6.00pm
Artist Open Studios
To be confirmed