Legacy: Two Works on Hope and Memory – Firstsite

Legacy: Two Works on Hope and Memory is a Crafts Council touring exhibition showcasing ceramic installations to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The exhibition brings together work by ceramic artists Julian Stair and Clare Twomey.

For Stair and Twomey, clay is a material that is deeply embedded in human existence, and one that enables them to explore social and cultural processes of exchange and consumption, memory and preservation, and ritual and touch. As 2018 marks the passing of one hundred years since the end of the First World War, this exhibition offers the opportunity to reflect on both the collective and personal impact of loss, legacy, testimony and commemoration. Whilst not directly concerned with the conflict, the two works Everyman’s Dream (2013) by Twomey and Reliquary for a Common Man (2012) by Stair encompass themes and ideas associated with remembrance.

Legacy: Two Works on Hope and Memory is part of Firstsite’s programme theme of Conflict and Culture. Also showing is Not Yet At Ease, by Delhi based artists Raqs Media Collective. Co-commissioned by Firstsite and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, Not Yet At Ease is an ambitious project exploring the interlinked histories of war, poetry and mental health.

‘This exhibition is presented at Firstsite at a significant moment in British history, as we remember the commitment and contribution of servicemen and women around the world who were affected by the First World War. The two artists have used clay and the idea of the vessel to create an experience that is familiar and deeply human, and one that evokes the poignancy of everyday lives.’
– Sally Shaw, Firstsite Director

Legacy: Two Works on Hope and Memory is a touring exhibition developed by the Crafts Council in partnership with Forty Hall & Estate.

Not Yet At Ease is co-commissioned by Firstsite and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary, with support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

22 September 2018 – 6 January 2019

Firstsite
Colchester

More information: firstsite.uk

Everymans Dream, Clare Twomey, 2013. As part of Legacy: Two Works on Hope and Memory, a Crafts Council Touring Exhibition. Firstsite, 2018. Image courtesy of Firstsite. Photo: Douglas Atfield
Everymans Dream, Clare Twomey, 2013. As part of Legacy: Two Works on Hope and Memory, a Crafts Council Touring Exhibition. Firstsite, 2018. Image courtesy of Firstsite. Photo: Douglas Atfield