Fine Art Talk - Bethan Lloyd Worthington

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In this talk, Bethan Lloyd Worthington will discuss her latest commission as well as her wider practice.

Bethan Lloyd Worthington was selected for the Jerwood Open Makers in 2019, a new commission that saw the creation of a new wall-based work consisting of ceramic objects and a risograph leaflet designed by the artist. Both recognisable and abstract in form, these discrete elements were brought together in a composition that combined the recent controversy over the felling of street trees in Sheffield with references to poetry, art and historical events.

Taken together, these sources gesture towards the environmental – tree felling and revolution, growth and violence – and consider what happens when you place one thing in the context of another. The work uses ceramic techniques such as slipware, glazes and dendritic mochaware processes, with a focus on the colour green both in terms of its chemistry in ceramics and its wider social meaning.

Bethan Lloyd Worthington (b. 1982, Birmingham) lives and works in London. She graduated with a Postgraduate Degree in Ceramics and Glass at Royal College of Art in 2010. Selected solo and group exhibitions include: Verso Nuovi Canoni (Towards New Canons), ICA Milano, Italy (2019); Art Night Open Walthamstow with SHELL LIKE, London (2019); Oriel Davies Open, Newtown (2018); Windswept Baby, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2018); Shell-Lit Siambr, Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury (2017); The John Ruskin Prize, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield (2017). During 2016-17 she was Ceramics Resident at Victoria & Albert Museum and in 2012 she was in residence at Street House Archaeological Excavations, North Yorkshire.

School of Arts

This talk is organised by the Fine Art department at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. To find out more about study options and the School of Arts, please view the website.