Neil Brownsword

Obsolescence and Renewal

Obsolescence and Renewal offers an insight into a body of interconnected works by Neil Brownsword that have evolved over a seven-year period. It reflects upon the ceramic manufacturing histories and aspects of deindustrialisation in Stoke-on-Trent, a ceramic capital that has experienced significant change in recent decades. Through a research process which involves film, the installation of remnants from ceramic production and industrial archaeology, Brownsword explores a critique of globalization and its socio-economic impact on people, place and traditional industry. 

Neil will be showing in the m2 gallery and our new 4 x m2 Gallery on the driveway, for what he termed a “mini retrospective”.  Having stayed in Quay House on his 2017-18 V&A studio residency, we are particularly pleased Neil is returning to Peckham to do an exhibition with us.  

Neil Brownsword is an artist, researcher and educator who holds Professorial positions in ceramics at Bucks New University and University of Bergen, Norway. He holds a PhD from Brunel University and MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art, London. His work is represented in public/private collections internationally, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Korea Ceramic Foundation, Yingee Ceramic Museum Taiwan and Fu Le International Ceramic Art Museum China. In 2009 he was awarded the inaugural British Ceramic Biennial Award, and the prestigious Grand Prize at the Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, South Korea in 2015.

All images by Anthony Coleman.