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Henry Rothschild Memorial Lecture with Julian Stair

Shipley Art Gallery


Henry Rothschild Memorial Lecture with Julian Stair.

Julian Stair is one of the UK’s leading potters. He has exhibited internationally since 1982 and has work in 30 public collections. He is a leading historian of English studio ceramics. He completed a PhD at the RCA researching the critical origins of English studio pottery and has written extensively. Publications include The Body Politic: The Role of the Body in Contemporary Craft, Crafts Council, 2000 and Contemporary Clay and Museum Culture, Co-editor with C. Brown & C. Twomey, Routledge, 2016.

Julian has received awards in recognition of his contribution to contemporary practice including the European Achievement Award from the World Crafts Council and most recently the Bavarian State Prize. Julian has been interviewed by the British Library for the National Life Stories Collection and has been an independent assessor for The Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest for the UK government.

 In his lecture, titled The Matter of Life and Death, Stair will discuss the ideas that have informed his work over the last forty years and argue why the multivalence of pottery is even more relevant to artistic practice in the 21st century.

This lecture is free to attend and is organised in partnership with Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums. To book a space, please email

Henry Rothschild Ceramics Bursary

The Henry Rothschild Study Centre at the Shipley Art Gallery displays over 200 ceramics from the personal collection of Henry Rothschild, Founder of the Primavera gallery in London.

The aim of the award is to give an artist the opportunity to develop their practice in ways in which they would not otherwise have the time or resources to do, enabling them to pursue new creative directions and ways of working.


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