The Touring Exhibition Opened in its Third Venue in Portadown, Northern Ireland

Posted on June 2017

The touring Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition has opened for the third time, this time at the Millennium Court Arts Centre (MCAC) in Portadown, Northern Ireland. The exhibition has been produced and curated by the members of Empirica research group of the Department of Design of Aalto University. The first venue of the exhibition was in Fiskars, Finland in autumn 2016, read more about the first opening here.

The works of the exhibition discuss the future of ceramics by exploring new techniques and rethinking materials. In the exhibition there are works from teaching and research staff as well as from students of Aalto. In the European project there are several partner institutions in different countries around Europe and in Northern Ireland Aalto University and Empirica are collaborating with Belfast School of Art of Ulster University. Read more about the involvement of Empirica group here.

Professor Maarit Mäkelä giving her speech at the exhibition opening. (c) Minerva Juolahti

The opening of exhibition was organised on Friday the 23rd of June 2017. At the opening professor Maarit Mäkelä, the head of the Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future sub-project and the leader of Empirica, and Jackie Barker, the Arts Director at MCAC, gave their opening speeches.

Empirica member and Ceramics and its Dimensions co-ordinator Priska Falin telling about her work, which is also part of the exhibition. (c) Minerva Juolahti

The third venue of the Shaping the Future exhibition, Millennium Court Art Centre, is an arts centre that focuses on contemporary visual and verbal arts. It is located in Portadown’s former municipal market hall, a converted red-brick building built in 1929. The building is in the center of the city, just a few minutes’ walk away from the railway station. MCAC has two gallery spaces, a workshop area and a kiln, among other things. It takes a bit more than half an hour by train from Belfast and an hour and a half from Dublin to reach Portadown.

The exhibition building team at the Millennium Court Arts Centre with Empirica member research assistant Minerva Juolahti (third from the left).

Next time the Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition will be on view in autumn 2017 at the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom. After Stoke-on-Trent, the exhibition will still tour to three cities in Europe: Berlin (Germany), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Prague (Czech Republic).

The third venue of the exhibition in Millennium Court Arts Centre. (c) Minerva Juolahti

On Friday June 30th at noon a symposium called “Making a Living as a Ceramicist” is organised in conjunction with the exhibition. The symposium is a Creative Momentum event, that includes presentations and discussion on how to make a living as a ceramicist. Read more here.

Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future
Millennium Court Arts Centre
William Street, Portadown, Northern Ireland
24th June – 22nd July
Monday to Saturday between 10am – 5pm.

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