DOMESTIC BLISS: functional works from the collection

Dawn Ngala WHEELER Lyerrtjina- budgie family 2008 terracotta with underglazes 27.0 x 17.0cm Gift of James and Judy Hart 2009 Newcastle Art Gallery collection
28 November 2020 - 31 January 2021
10am to 5pm Tuesday to Sunday, 7 days during school holidays

Free exhibition

This exhibition brings together renowned ceramic artists who adeptly play with the conventions of functional ware, displayed alongside a new generation of contemporary practitioners.

Domestic and functional wares represent many aspects of life; the flower vase for ceremony and remembrance, the platter shared in celebration, and tea bowls representing culturally diverse tradition and customs. The bond of sharing a pot of tea is part of everyday life, it can become a daily ritual and provide a source of nurture and comfort.

Honor Freeman creates deceptive works that mimic 1960s Tupperware and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott’s (1935 – 2013) still lifes take cues from artists such as Giorgio Morandi and Chinese masters. The skill of the Hermannsburg potters transform jars into expansive desert landscapes and a new acquisition to the Newcastle Art Gallery’s collection by Tony Albert marks the problematic 250th anniversary of Captain Cook.

DOMESTIC BLISS  elevates everyday ceramics as works of art and reveals the artists transnational stories of place and identity. It showcases the breadth of practice in our City’s leading collection of over 900 ceramic works of art ranging from Australian Post War studio to Japanese ceramics.

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Honor FREEMAN
Adding glamour to the simplest of snacks  2008
slip-cast porcelain
dimensions variable
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Steven Alward & Mark Wakely 2017
Newcastle Art Gallery collection Courtesy the artist

Dawn Ngala WHEELER Lyerrtjina- budgie family 2008 terracotta with underglazes 27.0 x 17.0cm Gift of James and Judy Hart 2009 Newcastle Art Gallery collection

Prices

  • Exhibition entry FREE

Contact

Venue

Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street
Cooks Hill
2300