Clare Twomey

Clare Twomey’s current research examines the interface between museum sites and ceramic interventions. Her recent research projects have examined practices in clay, craft and participation practices. Using contemporary ceramics as an interventionist medium in the reinterpretation of museum collections, her research has asked how audience relationships to ceramic objects might be recast beyond their roles of visitor and viewer. This practice-based investigation actively involves the public in the realisation of these works.

Clare’s artist practice engages with clay yet often at a critical distance. It negotiates the realms of performance, serial production, and transience, and often involves site-specific installations. Her work is especially concerned with the affective relations that bind people and things, and how objects can enable a dialogue with the viewer.  As Lead Artist for the Tate Modern’s project Tate Exchange 2018, through this role her art works interrogated modes of production in participatory practice and live works. Her work has contributed to major museum collections across the world and developed projects with organisations such as the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital. Clare’s life story has been recorded by the British Library as part of their artist lives project.

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Art and Society

Explored through performance, installation, and ceramics, and between art and science, the diverse practices of CREAM researchers in this area are drawn together for their emphasis on critical and collective engagements with the question and role of art and society.

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