South Bank London


This compelling exhibition explores the transformative potential of stone in the realm of contemporary ceramics.

Opening Hours

Open Tue–Sun 10am-6pm
Closed Mon


08 Jul - 01 Sept 2024

Ticket Information

Admission is free

Location Info

County Hall Pottery, Belvedere Road, London, UK

Inspired by the natural processes behind the formation of metamorphic rocks, this latest exhibition at South Bank’s new contemporary art gallery County Hall Pottery devoted to contemporary ceramic art highlights the ingenious techniques employed by five artists to manipulate both geological and industrial materials.

Exploring the lifecycle of materials such as stone, brick, and quartz, each artist's work delves into how the transformation of materials and the labour involved can influence a piece's social significance, providing new perspectives on both built and natural environments. Their art addresses pressing issues such as climate change, social inequality, and the intricate relationship between geology and ceramics.

The artists featured in the exhibition use clay, rocks, minerals, debris and waste building materials gathered from geologically, historically and scientifically significant UK sites, making use of materials that range from old-fashioned bricks to a rock core from 4km beneath the North Sea, drilled by the oil industry.

Artists whose works feature in the exhibition: Matthew Blakely, Alison Cooke, Tim Copsey, Caz Hildebrand and Dean Mueller.

Exhibition opening events

Mon 8 July 6:30pm-9pm Private view

Thu 11 July 7pm-10pm Private Dinner with the Artists 
Meet the artists and hear about their work over dinner at an exclusive private dining experience hosted in the County Hall Pottery courtyard. Costs £40 per person including food and drinks.

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