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CAS News 21 Dec 2018 By Marcus Crofton

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art wins the inaugural Jackson Tang Ceramics Award, receiving bold new work by Chiara Camoni

Camoni’s ceramic practice is intimately embedded in her daily life and has a collaborative aspect that sees friends and relatives invited to assist her in making the work.

Giulia Piscitelli, 'Christ Rescuing Saint Peter from Drowning', 2017. Gold leaf on paper, 75 x 112 x 3.8 cm. Presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 2018/19. Copyright the artist. Courtesy Galleria Fonti. Photo: Stephen White.
Recent Acquisitions 27 Aug 2019 By Jameela Thurloway

The CAS acquires a work by Giulia Piscitelli concerned with life lost at sea for Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Her work also provokes thinking afresh in the context of a now largely forgotten aspect of the development of Hull, through its acceptance and absorption of migrant communities over the centuries.

Vicki Ambery-Smith, ‘Birmingham City Ring’, 2019. Silver with red and yellow gold details, anodised niobium, titanium veneer, 6.1 cm x 4.6 cm x 2.4 cm. Presented by the Contemporary Art Society through the Omega Fund, 2018/19. © Vicki Ambery-Smith.
Recent Acquisitions 23 Jul 2019 By Jameela Thurloway

The CAS acquires an exquisite silver ring by Vicki Ambery-Smith for Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

The ring was commissioned specifically for the museum and depicts iconic Birmingham city-centre buildings in silver, gold, titanium and nobium.

Emma Talbot, ‘Your Own Authority’ at William Morris Gallery. Commissioned by Art Night 2019. Photo: Emma Talbot
Artist to Watch 27 Jun 2019 By Jameela Thurloway

Emma Talbot

An artist whose work spans drawing, painting, installation and sculpture; developing narratives around the ‘struggles of life’ within contemporary society.

Salvatore Arancio, Untitled, 2017. Glazed and unglazed ceramic, epoxy resin, 42 x 29 x 27 cm. Image courtesy the artist.
Recent Acquisitions 24 Jun 2019 By Jameela Thurloway

The CAS acquires three works by Salvatore Arancio for the Harris Museum in Preston

The ceramic sculpture and two works on paper will play an important role in their contemporary art programme and will be displayed with important but underused collection of prints from the 16th century to the present day.

Sam Bakewell, Reader (detail), 2017 - photo Joel Fildes
Artist to Watch 30 May 2019 By Jameela Thurloway

Sam Bakewell

An artist specialising in clay, Bakewell dissects the role of the maker, the objects made, and the cultural/aesthetic value systems bestowed upon them.

©Liz Johnson Artur and Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London Corporation. Photography: Matthew Hollow.
Recent Acquisitions 29 May 2019 By Jameela Thurloway

The CAS acquires photographic installation by Liz Johnson Artur for Guildhall Art Gallery

The Contemporary Art Society has acquired a photographic installation by Ghanaian-Russian photographer Liz Johnson Artur, who has been working in London since the early 1990s. Her work has documented the…

Tamara Henderson, ‘Camera’, 2017. © Molonglo Group 2018. Courtesy of Tamara Henderson and Rodeo, London / Piraeus. Photography: Denis Mortell.
Recent Acquisitions 24 Apr 2019 By Jameela Thurloway

The CAS acquires ‘Camera’ by Tamara Henderson for The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

Interested in the itinerant life of the artist, where international exhibitions and residencies mean continual relocations and dislocations, Henderson often explores the way in which certain works are themselves conceived as journeys of transformation.

Detail of ‘World Play’ from ‘Wunderblock’, Emma Smith, Freud Museum London, 2019. Photograph by Karolina Urbaniak.
Artist to Watch By Jameela Thurloway

Emma Smith

Smith’s work investigates human relationships, specifically exploring hidden forms of connection: the intimate, the transient, the subconscious and the invisible.

Linder, Untitled, 1979, photomontage, 27 x 22 cm. Photo: Todd White. © Linder. Courtesy the artist & Modern Art, London
Recent Acquisitions 27 Mar 2019 By Jameela Thurloway

The CAS acquires a 1979 collage by Linder for Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University

The donation of this work adds to the continuing story of collage in the UK – one that is important not only for its material radicality, but for its history as a medium for protest and political commentary.

Barbara Walker, Parade II (2018), from Shock and Awe series (2015-present). Graphite on embossed paper, 50.1 x 56.8 cm. Courtesy of Alan Cristea Gallery. Photo credit: Chris Keenan
Artist to Watch By Jameela Thurloway

Barbara Walker

Through her practice, Walker proposes alternative narratives that expose and undermine cultural assumptions, often depicting people who may be categorised or classified as minorities by society.

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