Ceramics Exhibition at the Hub

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Welcome to My World: Ceramics with Narrative at the Hub, Sleaford

26 November 2022 – 19 March 2023, Main Gallery

Welcome To My World: Ceramics with Narrative will exhibit the work of artists who create worlds of pop culture references, social commentary, and political satire; worlds that invite you in through the inventiveness of the makers, where the only limit is their imagination and the audience's willingness to follow them. 

There has never been an exhibition in the UK that looks at the personal, political, and social thrust of modern ceramics, but many artists working with clay have explored themes which are timely and worthy of investigation.

The exhibition features work by some of studio ceramics’ most recognisable artists, including Richard Slee, Philip Eglin, Ian Godfrey, Stephen Bird, Steve Dixon, Paul Scott, and Matt Smith.

Alongside exciting early-career artists, including winner of the 2020 Ingram Prize Con nor Coulston, Anne Athena, Lena Peters, and Katy Stubbs.

Most of the artists in the exhibition present their own take on the traditions of ceramic making and classical art from Richard Slee's Toby jugs and Paul Scott’s blue and white plates to Barnaby Barford’s use of ‘ready-made' figurines and Hylton Nel’s cats. Their works all sit at the intersection between traditional craftsmanship and contemporary art.

Pictured: Blue Pot by Katy Stubbs

Katy Stubbs Blue Pot


We are excited to be featuring several artists who have never exhibited in UK public sector galleries before, including Roberto Lugo, SunKoo Yuh, Srinia Chowdhury, Hollie Lyko, Cameron Crawford, and Xavier Monsalvatje.

Artists undergo long periods of isolation in the studio, working up sketches, ideas, characters and getting to know their subject. Makers come to inhabit the stories their work narrates and the characters that populate them. There is inevitably self-reflection in this process, but it is also driven by a desire for these stories to have an audience, or for catharsis, or for their ideas to resonate with others.

The exhibition features many artists from BAME and LGBTQ+ communities, including Sim on Bayliss, Nala Turner, Hylton Nel, Stanis Mbwanga, Isaac Scott, Dustin Yager,  Enas  Satir and Mac Star McCusker.

The exhibition is also set against the back-drop of how artists have responded to the on-going pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The exhibition is split into several artist focuses, where the artists are presented in a way that looks closely at their practice, and themed installations linked to The Burton at Bideford’s collection including COVID-19, the refugee crisis and identity.