UW Alumnus holds Ceramics Residency at the V&A


Ceramics artist and University of Wales Alumnus Keith Harrison has been announced as Ceramics Resident at the V&A Museum, London.

Keith Studied at the then Cardiff Institute for Higher Education and gained both a BA in 3D Ceramics and a Postgraduate Art Teacher’s Certificate, he then went on to complete an MA in Ceramics and Glass at the Royal College of Art (RCA).

Since graduating from the RCA in 2002, Keith has been involved in a series of process-based live public experiments that investigate the direct physical transformation of clay from a raw state utilising industrial and domestic electrical systems. As well as live firings taking place in alternative venues such as a living room and science laboratory, large-scale works have also been realised for public galleries and Museums including the V&A, Jerwood Space, Camden Arts Centre and mima, Middlesbrough. He has also been part-time Senior Lecturer at Bath School of Art and Design and Visiting Lecturer at a number of Art Schools in the UK and Europe. 


M25 Orbital, Keith Harrison, V&A 2006

His past works include 20 Whittington Street (Camden Arts Centre, 2007), Blue Monday/White Label (Landmark, Bergen, 2010), Brother (mima, Middlesbrough, 2009) and Grand (Permanent Gallery, Brighton, 2008). Earning much acclaim, his works have received the support of a Gasworks/Arts Council International Artists’ Fellowship in 2004, Arts Council England Grant for the Arts in 2006, AHRC Small Grants Award in 2007, Henry Moore Foundation Award in 2009 and the Jerwood Makers Open Commission in 2011.

Speaking about his research interests in the V&A collection and his residency, Keith explained:

“I have an interest in the clay works held across the V&A's collections, encompassing not only the specialist Ceramics Galleries but also Sculpture and Architecture.

Under the overarching title of ‘Secondary Modernism’, I am interested in using the residency at the V&A to pursue new ways to explore the transformative potential of clay and electricity in both a material and social sense and foresee the period as an opportunity to develop new approaches to my practice in a new and stimulating environment.”

His residency started at the beginning of October and will run until March 2013. During the residency Keith will produce a number of new works to be sited and set off within the Museum’s permanent collections and also to develop an off-site project on a housing estate in North London. The works will incorporate a disparate set of references including BMX mud jumps, wheelchair ramps, Berthold Lubetkin's Zoological Tectons, post –war housing estates, fairground electrical generators, mass observation of the Working Classes and closed-circuit TV.

Keith Harrison, Lucie Rie Vs Grindcore

Lucie Rie Vs Grindcore, Keith Harrison,
V&A 2012

In addition, Keith will be producing a number of lunchtime and evening Disruptions in various locations in the Museum during his residency and holding regular Open Studios.

These Open Studios will give members of the public the chance to meet Keith, ask questions about his work and offer a fascinating insight into the processes that creative practitioners use to develop their ideas. 

For up to date information about upcoming Disruptions and Open Studios, please visit the V&A website - www.vam.ac.uk/residencies

To read more about Keith Harrison and his Residency, please visit his profile on the V&A Website - www.vam.ac.uk/content/people-pages/keith-harrison