Clare Twomey’s spectacular installation Manifest: 10,000 Hours will launch the reopening of the York Art Gallery, home to the newly established Centre of Ceramic Art, when it opens its doors to the public on 1 August after an £8 million refit.

10,000 handmade slipcast ceramic bowls, identical in form and colour, have been installed on scaffolds in the new first floor mezzanine gallery. The number of bowls produced relates to the belief that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a master craftsman. Twomey invited members of staff and students at the Harrow campus, as well as local groups, including York College students, to help make the bowls for the installation.

This huge ceramic stack also acknowledges the way collections can often become obsessions which grow so much they consume all the free space available to them. The development of York Art Gallery, a 19th century Grade 2 listed building by international architects Ushida Findlay, and the newly established Centre of Ceramic Art, home to the largest collection of British studio ceramics in the world, will create a new cultural destination and artistic hub for the region.

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