Alison Britton

Alison Britton was part of a radical group of Royal College of Art graduates in the early 1970's. Working from a London studio over three decades, she has an international exhibition profile, is in many public collections, writes on current practice across a broad applied arts field, and curates exhibitions. 
 Alison Britton’s work explores the pot form and seeks to stretch definitions of such an object. This includes thoughts about connection and disjunction with ceramic history, painting and sculpture, relationships of form and surface. Differences between the verbal and the visual are an area of friction she works with, seeing how fiction might relate to form.
The control and non-control of skills and materials, risk and certainty and the breadth achievable with a limited palette of kinds of pigment and glaze interest her in this recent body of work. Loose allusions to tableware, (without addressing the constraints of function) and the value of imperfection, are current concerns.

Born  1948

1990  Awarded OBE
Fellow of the Royal College of Art
2001  Shortlisted for the Jerwood Prize for Ceramics
2007  Honorary MA, University College of the Creative Arts, Farnham
2008  Honorary Fellowship, University of the Arts, London

Selected Solo Exhibitions
  ‘Standing and Running’ Marsden Woo Gallery, London
2007  ‘Containing’, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London
2005  Barrett Marsden Gallery, London with the Ed Wolf Collection of Alison Britton pots
2003  Barrett Marsden Gallery, London
2001  Galerie DM Sarver, Paris
2000  Barrett Marsden Gallery, London

Selected Group Exhibitions
  ‘Martin Kaldahl Invites …’ Puls Contemporary Ceramics, Brussels
2010  ‘Ceramics’: Alison Britton, Ken Eastman, Carol McNicoll.’ Clara Scremini Gallery, Paris
2009  ‘Unforeseen Events’, Marsden Woo Gallery, London, with Marit Tingleff
Our Objects, Glasgow School of Art and tour
2008  Ten Years Innit! Barrett Marsden Gallery, London
2007  END, The Danish Museum of Art and Design,Copenhagen Bomuldsfabriken Kunsthall, Arendal, Norway
2003  ‘British Ceramics: Five Artists’ Frank Lloyd Gallery at LA International, USA
2002  Four Years of Barrett Marsden Gallery, London
Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany with Gordon Baldwin
Barrett Marsden Gallery at SOFA Chicago 2002
2001  Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Ceramics exhibition at Crafts Council
Barrett Marsden Gallery at SOFA Chicago 2001
2000  Firing Imagination, British Council tour to Brazil of British Ceramics
Britisk Keramik, Keramikmuseet Grimmerhus, Denmark
Two Years of Barrett Marsden Gallery, London
Barrett Marsden Gallery at SOFA Chicago 2000

Public Collections
Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery   
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, USA
UCW Collection, Aberystwyth     
National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth    
Shigaraki Ceramic Sculpture Park, Japan
Australian National Gallery, Canberra    
National Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Boymans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam   
The Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
British Council Collection    
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Contemporary Art Society     
Ulster Museum, Belfast
Crafts Council, London     
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Royal Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh    
Hove Museum & Art Gallery
York City Art Gallery     
Wurttembergisches Landesmuseum, Stuttgart
Kunst und Gewerbe Museum, Hamburg    
Badisches Landesmuseum, Karlsruhe
Princessehoff Museum, Leeuwarden, Holland   
Kruithaus Museum, Den Bosch, Holland
Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum,   
Svenska Handelbanken, Stockholm
Trondheim, Norway                    
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Canada
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia   
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
Musée de Sèvres, Paris 




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