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Edmund de Waal

Material: Earth (group show)
Messums Wiltshire, Salisbury, Wiltshire
12 March - 1 May 2017

Material: Earth is a major new exhibition celebrating the use of clay in contemporary art opening March 12 at Messums Wiltshire.  Featuring work by Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry, Edmund de Waal and other British artists; Material: Earth is the first in a series of three shows exploring the art of making and the use of natural materials in contemporary art.
This exhibition will explore how clay, that most elemental and ancient of materials is increasingly shaping a new aesthetic. It shows how artists have created new forms of art through a complex and fluent merging of past idioms, styles and format.  The exhibition aims to illustrate how since the 1970’s there has been a quiet but steady progression in the use of ceramics away from studio pottery towards the challenging and immersive arena of contemporary art.

Messums Wiltshire, Salisbury, Wiltshire


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Chichester Psalms, Wayne McGregor (Ballet)
Royal Opera House, London
15 March – 9 April 2018

Edmund de Waal and Wayne McGregor © ROH
Edmund de Waal and Wayne McGregor © ROH

Over the past eighteen months, de Waal has been collaborating with choreographer Wayne McGregor on the stage design for a new ballet at the Royal Opera House. Set to the Chichester Psalms, this new production forms part of a programme celebrating the centenary of Leonard Bernstein's birth. For these "heart-breaking songs of exile", the artist has created "structures for the dancer, places of refuge and pause", and costumes in a spectrum of reds with the fashion designer, Shirin Guild.

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Edmund de Waal

Actions. The image of the world can be different (group show)
Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, Cambridge
10 February – 6 May 2018

The exhibition, with work by thirty-eight artists, marks the opening of the new Kettle’s Yard. Actions. The image of the world can be different seeks to reassert the potential of art as a poetic, social and political force in the world.

Inspired by a letter by artist Naum Gabo, Actions reflects the energising diversity and breadth of art in the modern and contemporary period within the UK and internationally.

Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, Cambridge