The work by the internationally renowned artist will see 10,000 handmade slipcast ceramic bowls, identical in form and colour, be placed on scaffolds in the new first floor mezzanine gallery which is home to the new Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA). The precarious nature of the stacked works alludes to how collections often grow and the challenges this presents to collectors. The number of bowls being produced relates to the belief that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become a master craftsman.
Clare Twomey said: “I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with such a personally formed and rich collection. Making this work will build dialogue around the roles of the collector, objects and the communities that can appreciate them.”
Watch the timelapse video of installing the 10,000 ceramic bowls:
Helen Walsh, curator of ceramics at York Art Gallery, said: “For the reopening of York Art Gallery and the launch of CoCA we wanted to have a striking and bold installation that shows ceramics in an imaginative and original way. Clare is an artist we have admired for some time and we were delighted when she agreed to create what will be a focal point for everyone coming to visit the new look gallery for the first time. Her work acknowledges the way collections can often become obsessions which grow so much they consume all the free space available to them.”
York Art Gallery will reopen on 1 August 2015 with 60 per cent more exhibition space after an £8 million development. York Art Gallery opens daily, from 10am until 5pm.
Clare Twomey has previously joined Stephen Fry and fellow British artists to share the powerful stories of Holocaust survivors to mark Holocaust Memorial Day through a project entitled Memory Makers commissioned by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.