Modern Clay

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7th December 2018
Build a wall, Eastside projects,Birmingham




The Building as material II, The New Gallery Walsall

Hinterlands – Canal and River trust commission program Birmingham Mainline canal in Birmingham and Sandwell. 

16 June – 15 July
Making Everyday, Wysing Arts Centre & Grizedale arts

27 April – 9 June
we can’t float here, with Larry Achiampong and Nicola Singh, Workplace, Gateshead

Plymouth Arts Centre,10 May

‘The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind’,Curated by Adam Sutherland, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset

’tis ‘ard to be a god, 3-Phase with Larry Achiampong, Nicola Singh,Jerwood Space, London
That continuous thing – Artists and the Ceramic Studio 1920-Today, Tate St Ives

Your face has no function for me, Division of Labour,London
Everything you need is here,Museum of Modern Art Zarakes (MOMAZ),Greece
Doremifasolasido, Florence Arts Centre,Egremont
South London Infinity Projects
‘Looking at people,Looking at Art’ (Curated show), Division of Labour, London
 Sculpture Garden,Recent Activity,Oxford
Slide Night#3 Rhubaba, Edinburgh
Local Objects,IKEYAZHANG,Curated by Rita Selvaggio, Milan, Italy

Studio Leigh, London

Wasters,Edel Assanti,London
Rough music, Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood
…and the soft ground in the garden was also a constellation,Lychee One,London


Sounding, Open file, Modern Art Oxford
Essen kunsthaus, Royal College of Art, London


Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Spike Island, Bristol & ICA, London


Outpost members show, selected by Ruth Ewan, Norwich

Temporary Sites (A Proposal), Open file, Milton Keynes Gallery 


Slipped, Wysing Arts Contemporary, Cambridge

Pursuing the Turquoise Universal, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge


Mix Realities: Curso de imagen movimiento,Zona de Desgaste, Mexico
AUTOMATED, Chalton Gallery,London
See it this, Forde, Geneva, Switzerland
The Noah and Suoni per il Popolo present myths of the near future Videographe, Canada
The Starry Rubric Set, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge
This is the point, Flatpack Festival
In Production, Nottingham Contemporary


Zarakes, Evia, Greece
Doremifasolasido, Florence Arts Centre
South London Infinity Projects
Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop
Flagworks, Pitt Project Space, Worcester
The Department of Psychedelic Studies, Wysing Arts Centre

MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London
BA Fine Art, Birmingham City University

Bibliography & Publications

3-Phase: Mark Essen by Tom Emery
Profile: Mark Essen by Judith Alder
3 pillars of ideology Angels Miralda Tena, for tis ‘ard to be a god, 3-phase, Jerwood Space,

Critically evaluating the cross-disciplinary nature and application of clay in contemporary visual practices, Eva Masterman, C-Form Magazine

Interview with Linsey Young, South London Infinity Projects .pdf
Looking at people, Looking at art, Tim Dixon,


Ikeyazhang,Objects of hearing in Milan, Ikeyazhang,
Wasters, Edward Ball,
…and the soft ground in the garden,


Community textures, Horatio jr,London
Sounding,Open file, Modern Art Oxford
Sculpture 2014, Royal College of Art


Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2013 Catalogue
A Small Hiccup Newspaper, Curated by George Vasey

New Contenders, Tom Jeffreys, Apollo Art Magazine


Temporary Sites (A proposal), Open File, MK Gallery




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