York Art Gallery

See the ground-breaking works of Gillian Lowndes (1936-2010), the most radical ceramicist of the twentieth century, in the new exhibition Gillian Lowndes: On the Edge, showcased in the Centre of Ceramic Arts (CoCA) at York Art Gallery.

From the 1970s onwards, artist Gillian Lowndes was at the forefront of a new style of contemporary ceramics which explored the materiality of clay. Her abstract expressionist way of working brought together a range of materials and found objects which she recycled to create new sculptural work she called collages. This exhibition showcases over 40 artworks drawn from CoCA’s collection alongside loans from Anthony Shaw’s – many of which have never been on public display. The show also includes a collection of delicate Christmas cards that Lowndes created for collector and friend Anthony Shaw, as well as unfired pieces left unfinished in her studio at the time of her death.

These artworks will be displayed against a backdrop of objects that collectively reflect Lowndes’ workspace, incorporating ceramics that she displayed in her own studio, such as ancient and archaeological objects and work by Lowndes’ husband and fellow artist Ian Auld.

Accompanying the exhibition will be further displays featuring new acquisitions by artists including Kate Malone, Emmanuel Cooper and David Seeger.