Emily Speed - Hollowware

Artist's performance, commissioned by Meadow Arts with The Ring, 2018. Photo Stefan Handy.

Emily Speed - Hollowware

Artist's performance, commissioned by Meadow Arts with The Ring, 2018. Photo Stefan Handy.

Emily Speed - Hollowware

Artist's performance, commissioned by Meadow Arts with The Ring, 2018. Photo Stefan Handy.

Hollowware

How much time does one vase contain? How far might a piece of Royal Worcester travel during its lifespan? Hollowware takes its title from some of those forms made at Royal Worcester and the porcelain jugs, pots and other items that took pride of place in people’s homes. After research in the Museum’s extensive archive and collection, Speed became especially interested in the factory’s workers, the link with the nearby canals, and the perception of good taste.

A short film shows scenes from a performance event that took place in August around Diglis Basin, in collaboration with the Canal and River Trust’s art programme The Ring. The performer, wearing a costume and carrying a collection of small objects, followed the route the porcelain used to take on the start of its journey, out of the factory, via the canals. The domestic-scale installation in which the film is being shown merges the ‘Roses and Castles’ style of canal boat painting and details from Royal Worcester decorations in painted slip. 

Emily Speed

Emily Speed's interests lie in the relationship between people and buildings and her work explores the body and its relationship to architecture. Speed says, "The idea of shelter and the inhabitant is at the core of much of my work; how a person is shaped by the buildings they have occupied and how a person occupies their own psychological space."

Emily Speed studied BA (Hons) Drawing & Painting at Edinburgh College of Art (1997 – 2001) before completing an MA in Fine Art: Drawing at University of the Arts London: Wimbledon College of Art (2005-2006). In 2013 she exhibited at Castlefield Gallery in Manchester alongside Hayley Newman and was shortlisted for the Northern Art Prize. Then in October 2014, Speed was resident at the British School at Rome as the Derek Hill Foundation Scholar (drawing). In 2016 she had solo exhibitions at TRUCK, Calgary and presented a major new commission at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts, Texas. Recent exhibitions include Plymouth Art Centre, Oredaria Gallery, Rome; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St Louis, USA; Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Musée Cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland.

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