10 February 2014, 6pm
Fountain Room, Barbican Centre, London
Please join us for the launch of our new title Seeing Things: Collected Writing on Art, Craft and Design by Alison Britton.
Renowned British ceramicist Alison Britton’s collected essays, talks and interviews reveal ceramics to be a speculative and self-reflective field, in constant dialogue with many other areas of inquiry including gender and cultural studies. Her sensibility to formal concerns and to the evolution of ideas about objects over the past 30 years makes this book essential reading for anyone interested in the role of materiality and making in the wider cultural field.
Britton will present a selection of objects featured in the book, followed by a panel discussion with art historian Linda Sandino and furniture designer Michael Marriott, chaired by curator Antony Hudek.
Tickets £8 (£5 concessions)
Book online at barbican.org.uk
‘A remarkable, exhilarating insight into the world of elevated craft by one of its most distinguished practitioners.’
– Dr. Tanya Harrod
‘This generous selection of Alison Britton’s critical, self-critical and celebratory writings reveals her to be among the very finest “insiders” who have written about art, craft and design. Britton’s aim has been, throughout, to take publications on craftsmanship “off the coffee table” and into serious – but not too serious – thought. She has certainly succeeded.’
– Sir Christopher Frayling