• Plants, Porcelain, People

Spragg, Katie, 2021, Show, Exhibition or Event, Plants, Porcelain, People

Abstract or Description:

Plants, Porcelain, People was a collaboration between artist Katie Spragg, curator Caroline Fisher and Norwich International Youth Project; a group of young refugees and asylum seekers living in Norwich.

Inspired by the medieval history of Hungate church, Norwich and global traditions of medicinal plants, this project brings together ideas around healing, care and community. The ceramic artworks produced by Katie in her studio and young people from Norwich International Youth Project, created during four workshops facilitated by Katie, respond both directly and indirectly to the church building and the plants growing in the churchyard; responding to the architecture of the space and the collaging of various elements, such as the glass in the stained glass windows or the layers of different communities using the space over time. Plants represent universal use and understanding across international borders as well as being symbols of hope, resilience and defiance, growing from cracks in walls or sprouting from buildings.

Katie was largely influenced by Medieval Herbals; the compositions, stylised representations of plants and muted palettes of greens and reds; “I was interested in the way fact and fiction seemed blurred in these documents, but also that this didn’t matter, different types of knowledge merge in the meetings of plant and human worlds”. Each plant featured in the ceramic sculptures and tiles could be found growing in the churchyard when Katie visited in March this year, through her research she found that at some point in history all of the plants had some medicinal quality assigned to them, even if now they are known to be poisonous.

The young people's and Katie's work sits side by side in the space. The exhibition took place as part of Norwich and Norfolk Festival.

Curator of an exhibitionFisher, Caroline
CollaboratorYoung People from Norwich International Youth Project, NIYP
Plants, Porcelain, PeopleNorwich, UK01 May - 30 Jun 2021Museum/exhibition
Plants, Porcelain, People - Workshops with Norwich International Youth GroupNorwich, UK01 Feb - 31 May 2021Workshop
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art > W130 Sculpture
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts > W750 Clay and Stone Crafts
School or Centre: School of Arts & Humanities
Funders: Arts Council England, East Anglia Art Fund, Bolwick Arts
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2021 15:17
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2023 14:58
URI: https://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/4891
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