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Westminster Research Fellow designs spoons for The Queen on her 90th birthday

Art and Design 25 April 2016

Spoons created for the 'Humanity is in Our Hands' project

A set of porcelain spoons designed by British artist Clare Twomey has been given to the Queen for her 90th birthday.

Clare Twomey, who is an artist and Research Fellow at the University of Westminster, designed the spoons as part of her project ‘Humanity is in our hands’. The spoons were inspired by public thoughts on humanity, gathered when the artist asked people on Westminster Bridge about their thoughts on the subject of humanity On Holocaust Memorial Day 2015. She was also inspired by Nisad ‘Šiško’ Jakupović, who survived the concentration camps during the Bosnian War.

Clare put the answers she received in 2015 onto porcelain spoons, and gave out the spoons to people on Westminster Bridge, on Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.

Speaking about the spoons and giving them to Queen Elizabeth, Clare Twomey said: “This has been a deeply rewarding art work to have made.”

As well as being a Research Fellow, Clare is a famed artist and researcher, with a particular interest in ceramics. She has exhibited her work around the world, at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, the Eden Project and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Find out more about the ‘Humanity is in our hands’ project.


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