Below is the information for the exhibitions at the 2015 ICF.
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
Open 9am – 6 pm Saturday, 9am-4pm Sunday.
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
(Lower Foyer opposite the Ceramics Gallery)
There will be an exhibition featuring work made by the finalists of the Potclays Emerging Makers Award. The winners of the 2013 Potclays and ICF New and Emerging Makers International Visiting Artist Awards- Lisa Svensk and Tina Neale (pictured), will also be showcasing the work made in response to their residencies here.
(downstairs in the Arts Centre)
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.
Philip Eglin has developed an exciting new body of work responding to the major collection of 19th century slipware in the Aberystwyth Collection. His giant jugs and quirky plates will be showing alongside some of the wonderful old pieces. All the new work will be for sale and the exhibition catalogue with essays by David Whiting, Jill Piercy and Josie Walter will be available for sale in the Demonstrators exhibition.
Arts Centre Galleries
Gallery 1: Clive Hicks Jenkins: Dark Movements:
The Mari Lwyd or ‘grey mare’, a Welsh midwinter tradition, has been a key influence in the work of artist Clive Hicks Jenkins. ‘Dark Movements’ is a multi-media presentation of works inspired by the story. This exhibition will include a number of works from the original series of large scale drawings which the artist made following his father‘s death; works articulating a private grief and fear as well as exploring deep rooted cultural beliefs. Puppets and models from the 2013 performance of the chamber work inspired by the artist’s Mari Lwyd series, ‘The Mare’s Tale’ will also be on show.
Gallery 2: British Wildlife Photography awards
The British Wildlife Photography Awards were established to recognise the formidable talents of photographers working in Britain and highlight the diversity of Britain’s natural history. The categories of work include animal behaviour, urban wildlife, habitat, animal portraits and marine life among others, as well as junior and school awards.
Café: Lin S F Huang: Silk Road to China
An ancient route paved with the footprints of traders, pilgrims, monks, merchants, soldiers and wanderers, the Silk Road has been the cultural, religious and economic corridor between East and West civilizations for over two thousand years. This exhibition of black & white photography captures the mystery of this ancient path and the serenity and beauty of rural China.
The Box Season 19
Artists’ films including ‘Gone’ by ceramic artist Consuelo Radclyffe
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
The Visiting Exchange artists in the Creative Units welcome informal visits on Saturday 04th July during the following times:
Studio 1: Jenny Hall: 10am-7pm
Studio 3: Tony Fitzsimmons: 10 am-2pm