Body Vessel Clay: Black Women, Ceramics & Contemporary Art

Come join your fellow Columbia alums for an evening of art and music–set in the stunning interiors of a neo-Gothic venue (William Waldorf Astor’s former London residence). Two Temple Place will showcase work by three generations of Black women artists working with clay. New perspectives on gender, race and influence will be accompanied by an evening of live music from Russell Lambert (and a free glass of wine)!

From the seminal potter Ladi Kwali in 1950s Nigeria, to experimental new works by women of colour working today, we celebrate surprising new ways of exploring one of the world’s oldest artforms.

Through the exhibition, ceramics are shown to be disrupted, questioned and reimagined over the last 70 years, bringing together more than 80 works including ceramics, preparatory drawings, film and archival material, and tracing post-colonial, gender and class perspectives on ceramics, manufacture and ownership across continents.

Alongside the exhibition–there will be a special music event the same evening: 

Russell Lambert hails from Trinidad and Tobago, with initial musical influences being Calypso and Latin America. He plays both drums and percussion in various styles from jazz rock and blues to world music and soul R&B. He explores and excels in the field of rhythmic improvisation and has toured regions of Europe – especially Spain Italy and Greece. Russell plays rhythms and melodies in a meditative way that is often considered to be simply mesmerizing.

Covid Safety Protocols:

  • Visitors must wear a face-covering except for children under 11 years old or those who are exempt.
  • Social distancing is required throughout the building. Please be mindful of other visitors and staff members and keep a 2-metre distance from others
March 16, 2022 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Two Temple Place

2 Temple Pl
London WC2R 3BD
United Kingdom

Stephen Elms

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