New partnership announced between International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth and the V&A Museum
Toshiba Japanese Ceramics Resident at the V&A: Keiko Masumoto
A new partnership has been announced between the International Ceramics Festival and the V&A Museum. Keiko Masumoto, who is the current Toshiba Japanese Ceramics Resident at the V&A Museum in London, will be visiting the festival and demonstrating her ceramic techniques, and also showing how she is using V&A collections to inform her skilled contemporary works.
Keiko Masumoto will be demonstrating the ceramic techniques used in her Motif series to create sculptural work inspired by the pattern and shapes of historical ceramics. Masumoto, who is known for her delicate hand-building and intricate painting skills of the traditional Japanese style, was born and grew up in Tatsuno City, Japan. She studied Ceramic Art at BA and MA level at Kyoto City University of Art where she became especially interested bringing together traditional Japanese ceramic craft practice with fine art concepts. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Kyoto, Tokyo, Kobe and internationally in London and Seoul. Keiko exhibited at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art with a solo show developed for the Touch and Sense series, a hugely popular annual exhibition of sensual gallery experiences for blind and partially sighted people. Masumoto currently teaches ceramics at Kobe Design University, and has previously taught at the Ceramic Studio in Fumonsha, Kyoto.
Keiko’s highly skilled and critically challenging artwork as an emerging ceramics artist has been acknowledged by the Yamaguchi Citizens Cultural Festival Award 2006 (first prize), The Annual Exhibition of Kyoto City University of the Arts 2007 (Mayor’s Award for Graduate School); Tokyo Midtown Award Art Competition 2008 (Runner-up); Grand Prix Tokyo Wonder Wall 2009 (Curator’s Choice Award). In 2010, Keiko was the University of the Arts, Philadephia Artist in Residence.
For more information on theher V&A Residency programme visitwww.vam.ac.uk/residencies
or for more information about Keiko Masumoto visit: http://keikomasumoto.main.jp/keikomasumotohome/HOME.html
We will also be hosting a lecture by Ruth Lloyd, Residency Co-ordinator at the V&A.
21st Century Residencies
Across the World, there seems to be greater interest in residencies that focus on public engagement and socially engaged creative practice. The Victoria and Albert Museum Residency Programme invites creative practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, including ceramics, to use a studio on site for six months, use the unrivalled collections for research, and engage the public in making through learning and participatory programmes. Since 2008, the V&A has hosted over thirty innovative and original residents who have challenged the museum, enthralled visitors, and who, as individual residents, have grown as artists and created inspirational new work .
What makes a residency successful? What is gained from these programmes – for the public, the host organisation, and the resident?