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Dame Magdalene Odundo, Asymmetric Vessel, 2021. The Hepworth Wakefield (Permanent Art Collection)
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The Art of the Potter: Ceramics and Sculpture from 1930 to Now

20 January 2023 - 18 February 2024

Sculpture and ceramics have had a close relationship throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. This exhibition celebrates Wakefield’s progressive approach to collecting ceramics since the 1930s and will shine a light on artists exploring the sculptural possibilities of this versatile medium.

On display are some of the earliest ceramics to join the collection by Michael Cardew and Samuel Haile. A number of works from the 1950s – a particularly rich period for British studio ceramics – are shown by artists including Hans Coper, Bernard and Janet Leach, and Lucie Rie.

The exhibition will include a significant number of recent acquisitions into the collection through gifts, bequests and fundraising including by Alison Britton, Elizabeth Fritsch, Gwyn Hanssen Pigott, Ewen Henderson, Akiko Hirai, Ryoji Koie and Magdalene Odundo.

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Exhibition supported by:

Art Fund
Decorative Arts Society