• Ceramic intervention on the V&A façade; Carrie Reichardt and the Treatment Rooms Collective, 2014 ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

In Conversation: Ceramic Statements and Civic Spaces

Throughout our shared histories, mosaics and murals have taken a key position in our civic spaces.  They have been used to mark territory, to celebrate major cultural transitions; to commemorate our histories and to articulate notions of place and identity.

This event brings Carrie Reichardt (extreme craftivist and renegade potter) and Stephanie Outridge-Field (Australian architectural ceramist and cultural worker) together with Catherine Flood (Curator V&A Museum) and Dr Dave Sudmalis (Director Emerging and Experimental Arts – Australia Council) to discuss the rise, fall and future of this noble architectural beast and its role within our 21st Century landscape.

Includes light refreshments and viewing of the Disobedient Objects exhibition.

Carrie Reichardt is a self-titled craftivist who works from a mosaic-covered HQ, The Treatment Rooms in west London. Her work blurs the boundaries between craft and activism, using the craft techniques of mural, mosaic and screen-printing to create intricate, highly politicised works of art.

Carrie trained at Kingston University and achieved a First class degree in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan. She was Artist in Residence at Camberwell Art College in 2009, following this with a period as Artist in Residence at The Single Homeless Project. She remains a proactive supporter.

Carrie has been involved in community and public art projects for over 15 years. She has designed and consulted on large scale mosaic murals, celebrating with local communities. Carrie’s most recent community work is visible in Miravalle, one of the most deprived districts on the fringes of Mexico City. With her partners in Living Space Arts they designed and installed ‘The Art of Recycling’, Harold Hill library, Essex and ‘The Revolution will be Ceramicsed’, London Portobello.

Carrie is frequently called to speak on the use of craft and art as protest. She was invited to speak at National Museums Liverpool’s International Women’s Day lectures in March 2012, and will appear at the British Association of Modern Mosaic forum, held at the V&A October 2012. Carrie’s work is also featured in the latest edition of Ceramics and Print, Paul Scott.

Inspired by William Morris and the long-standing tradition of subversive ceramics in the UK, Carrie created the ‘Mad in England’ trademark. This branded a series of affordable, subversive souvenirs which countered the overwhelming patriotism of 2012 by celebrating the protester, tapping into the opposing mood of national dissent.

Stephanie Outridge-Field is a ceramic and multimedia artist with over thirty years professional studio and exhibition practice ranging from commissioned design development to the creation of large-scale sculptural statements for installation in major commercial and public precincts.

Since graduating from Sydney College of the Arts in 1980 she has been committed to her ceramics practice by exhibiting in both group and solo shows in Australia and New Zealand. She has established a community ceramics workshop designing and fabricating public ceramics for corporate and government clients; been proactive in ceramics education and training and is a contributing writer to national and international publications.

Stephanie is committed to her professional development and actively seeks to extend and develop her practise in both singular and collaborative projects. She has demonstrated design and fabrication skills in ceramics with a working design knowledge of metal, stone, concrete and glass amongst a broad range of public art materials and processes.

David Sudmalis has significant experience as in the development of cultural policy, strategy and evaluation for the arts sector, with extensive experience in government, education and management. A committed educator, David previously managed the Australian Government’s Artist in Residence initiative, which supported professional practicing artists to work in schools, sharing their skills with students and teachers. David has also worked extensively in community contexts delivering music engagement programs across Australia and in China and Malaysia.

Also a composer-performer international portfolio. Recent work is predominantly experimental, with a focus on the involuntary physiological responses to infrasound. He is active in contemporary art music, popular and jazz music circles, having worked with Barry Crocker, Bob Downe, You Am I, Yothu Yindi, Col Joye, Martin Wesley-Smith, Carl Rosman, and the Melbourne, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. He is the pianist in Ulysses Blue – a quintet specialising in improvised music and modern jazz, and musical director, pianist and conductor of Phobe, an ensemble which performs electro-acoustic, multi-media and interactive music involving technology and cross-disciplinary collaborations. David is the Director of Emerging and Experimental Arts at the Australia Council for the Arts.

Catherine Flood is a Prints Curator in the Word and Image Department at the V&A and is responsible for the National Poster Collection. She is the author of British Posters: Advertising, Art & Activism (V&A Publishing, 2012). She has curated exhibitions and displays at the V&A on subjects including propaganda, Victorian sentimentality and fashion satire. In 2009, she co-ordinated Designing Democracy, a research project on posters produced during the collapse of communism in Europe.

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