I’ll be spending a month delivering The Big Draw sessions in local schools throughout Scarborough in conjunction with Scarborough Museums Trust. We’ll be running illustration workshops based on the Big Draw’s flagship artist Quentin Blake. Some of the Schools taking part will be Braeburn, St. Martins, Hartford Vale, Newby & Scalby, Hinderwell and Seamer & […]
I’ve been asked to run some sand sculpture workshops over two days this weekend for the Yorkshire Fossil Festival #yorksfossilfest. This year it is held at the Rotunda Museum and I’ll be on the beach just below the Museum.
I recently moved studio… I’m all set up now and ready for business, I’ll be making/selling work and running workshops from the space which is on the West Pier in Scarborough (on the balcony underneath the clock).
I have some work on show in an upcoming exhibition at the Art Exchange at the University of Essex. The exhibition, Work Space Pressure showcases international contemporary artists who address the burdens of artistic labour and the increasing volatility of the modern working environment. Time, materiality and tension between private and public activity are used to […]
The ‘Enchanted Forest’ exhibition has just gone up in the community gallery at Scarborough Art Gallery, this is an exhibition of work created in workshops which I have run with various groups for Scarborough Museums Trust. Home School Educators, the Saturday ‘Make It’ Art Club and different School Groups all have work on display.
I was invited to appear on BBC Radio Kent today talking about my Tureen Heads. The topic being discussed on the show was hoarding or decluttering and the lady presenter – Erika North had bought two of my heads from a Gallery in Margate… She was delighted with them and was telling everyone how she […]
It’s Hey Clay this weekend! A nationwide scheme organised by the Crafts Council to get folks started with the rather addictive medium of clay… Lovely to see the Crafts Council using the image of my Curious Curiosities tiger jars as inspiration too 🙂
Very pleased to hear that all three of my Tureen Heads sold at the Platform exhibition at Morphets in Harrogate, great to see the show was a huge success.
The Opening of the redeveloped York Art Gallery sees the new ceramic galleries extended and renamed CoCA (Centre of Ceramic Art). I’m very happy to have some work included in the opening of these galleries. Some of my Michael Gove busts from the Goveshy are in the Rainbow wall of pots. There are also two […]
I’m in York Art Gallery’s book for Clare Twomey’s Manifest: 10,000 hours commission. I was busy with my AA2A+ residency with York College and York Art Gallery at the time and I helped to make well over 100 bowls to help out with this project
Today is the official launch of the Crafts Council maker directory. I have a maker profile at the following link. http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/directory/maker/karen-thompson/
I’ve been invited to show some work in a group exhibition at the New School House Gallery in York. ‘Toast’ brings together contemporary artists, Andy Black, Jade Blood, Andrew Crane, Debra Fear, Karen Thompson and Louise Winter and runs from 25th April until 9th May 2015
I ran two ceramic workshops with the second year BA Degree fashion students in February at York College. This was the fashion students first introduction to ceramics. The finished work will be displayed in York Art Gallery’s ceramic galleries.
At the end of last month I spent some time in York Art Gallery’s ‘top secret’ ceramic store warehouse. Over the next month I will be seeking inspiration and visiting all of the many of York Museums Trusts warehouse facilities. This is part of my AA2A ‘plus’ artist residency with York Museums Trust and York […]
I have some of my artworks going into the Crafts Council collections. A GOVESHY Bust for the main collection and a Porcelain Sandwich for the handling collection. Great News!
Myself and Leeds based artist Ian Kirkpatrick have been chosen by York Art Gallery for the AA2A ‘plus’ artist residencies. This is in conjunction with York College. I will be making work in response to York Museums Trusts collections. York Art Gallery is currently closed but will re-open summer 2015 with huge new ceramics galleries […]
There were two winners picked from all the entries for the recent Goveshy Giveaway. The Gove busts will be sent out in the post to the lucky winners….
Goveshy features on the front page cover of The Skinny (Northwest) September 2014 issue with a detail shot of the broken shards. The skinny is the leading entertainment & listings magazine for Manchester, Liverpool and surrounding areas. http://issuu.com/theskinny/docs/the_skinny_northwest_issue_18?e=1069858/9156715#search
August 21st sees the nationwide release of the Art Party film by Tim Newton and Bob & Roberta Smith. This was shot at the Art Party Conference last November. I’m really looking forward to seeing it!! GOVESHY even made it into the official trailer! Bonus! Art Party from Tim Newton on Vimeo.
Spent the afternoon in the Museum Gardens with Yorkshire Museum Manager Gary Bateson, taking publicity photographs for the porcelain sandwiches. Then onto the Treasure’s House to meet with Visitor Services Manager Lisa Holden for more of the same. This followed on from my packed out artists talk at Kings Manor. Brilliant Day! Photos: Ian McKinley […]
York Curiouser kicks off next weekend. My comissioned artwork ‘Porcelain Sandwiches’ will be set out in the Yorkshire Museum Gardens, Treasurer’s House Gardens, Kings Manor, The York Walls and Peasholme Green.