Ceramic artists ConVerge

Compassion Virgins 2006 by Ishta Wilson is one of the artworks on show in ConVerge.

They could have been sourced from anywhere in the world. These are the words of Kerry Selwood, a former head teacher of design at Lismore TAFE, on the new exhibition ConVerge: The Northern Rivers Ceramic Exhibition, which opens this Friday, January 25, at the Lismore Regional Art Gallery.

The exhibition features the works of 20 local ceramic artists and demonstrates how ceramic arts in the Northern Rivers have evolved over the last 20 years.

There are contemporary sculptures and decorative works as well as functional pieces, which mix spiritual, Indigenous, Middle Eastern and Asian influences. Others reflect the connection to local landscape and the natural beauty of the North Coast.

Artists include award-winning ceramicists Aine, Suvira McDonald, Avital Sheffer, Ishta Wilson, Garth Lena and many more.

ConVerge runs from this Friday, January 25, until March 1.

To correspond with the exhibition local ceramicists Bob Connery and Liz Stops will present a free lecture entitled A History of North Coast Ceramic Arts, 1970s to Present on Monday, February 18, at the gallery. Bob is the founder of Stokers Siding Pottery Studios and Gallery, and is co-curator of ConVerge. Liz is an established local artist and a lecturer in ceramics at Southern Cross University. The lecture will be held at 11am and everyone is welcome. To book a place, phone the gallery on 6622 2209.


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