Artist Martha Tayler on reinventing commemorative pottery

Commemorative plates, which almost exclusively recall royal weddings, coronations and jubilees, are often associated with dusty charity shops or antique dealers. Manchester School of Art graduate Martha Tayler subverts these expectations in her ceramic artworks, replacing royal babies with imagery that reflects modern pop culture such as Stomzy’s Heavy is the Head album cover and…

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Investigating toxic clouds and environmental racism with Forensic Architecture

On Juneteenth last year, a day commemorating the emancipation of African American people from slavery, members of St James Parish gathered at the Buena Vista burial site in Louisiana. A video posted to YouTube shows mourners clutching bouquets of flowers whilst others hold black umbrellas to protect them from the hot sun. The group had…

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Change of scene: Supporting emerging artists with Guts Gallery and Short Supply

In-person exhibitions, international travel and reliance on zero-hour contracts are unsustainable foundations for the traditional gallery model. The pandemic has highlighted their fragility. As the restrictive realities of multiple lockdowns set in, belt-tightening measures were implemented by those at the top of large arts organisations whilst the lowest-paid staff – and countless freelancers – were…

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