A ceramics factory by Westminster Reader Clare Twomey where the public can mould or cast jugs, teapots and flowers will open at Tate Modern on 28 September. The installation, FACTORY: the seen and the unseen, will launch the second year of Tate Exchange which, over 2017 and 2018, will focus on the theme of production. 

Clare Twomey is a London-based artist and Reader in the School of Media, Arts and Design at the University of Westminster, where she directs Ceramics Research in the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM). Her work often involves intense research, focusing on themes such as collaboration in fabrication.

Her installation will occupy the whole of Tate Exchange on Level 5 of Tate Modern’s Blavatnik Building and will comprise a 30-metre work space, eight tonnes of clay, a wall of drying racks, and over 2,000 fired clay objects. Over a six-month period, Clare Twomey has worked closely with Dudson of Stoke-on-Trent to develop this industrial production line. In the first week of FACTORY, visitors will be invited to clock in and learn the skills of working with clay. They will then exchange what they have made for other objects made in a factory setting.

During the second week, visitors will be invited to enter a factory soundscape and join a factory tour to discuss how communities are built by collective labour. A lace panel made by Clare Twomey on the last working Leavers looms in the UK, will be installed at the FACTORY entrance, embodying the relationship between human and machine innovation.

Projects of other artists at Tate Modern will also include TENT of Rotterdam with Tate Collectives looking at ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture and where it is produced; and BBZ who will explore the cultural production of non-binary black artists and collectives in the UK. At Tate Liverpool, artist-led gallery The Royal Standard will examine the theme from the perspective of feminist and activist communities; and Cooking Sections will devise new systems for producing and consuming food.

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