Shahpour Pouyan on view at the Hayward Gallery

Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art | 26 October 2022 - 8 January 2023

Lawrie  Shabibi is pleased to announce that Shahpour Pouyan's installation My Place is the Placeless will be part of the new survey on Contemporary ceramic art at Hayward Gallery in London.⁠

Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art  is the first large-scale group exhibition in the UK to explore how contemporary artists have used the medium of clay in inventive ways. Curated by Dr Cliff Lauson, the exhibition features 23 international and multi-generational artists,features 23 international and multi-generational artists, from ceramic legends Betty Woodman, Beate Kuhn, Ron Nagle and Ken Price, to a new generation of artists pushing the boundaries of ceramics today, the exhibition will explore the expansive potential of clay through a variety of playful as well as socially-engaged artworks.⁠

Eccentric abstract sculptures, large immersive installations, fantastical otherworldly figures and uncanny evocations of everyday objects. The artworks vary in scale, finish and technique, and address topics that range from architecture to social justice, the body, the domestic, the political and the organic. Regardless of background or route into the material, all of the artists in the exhibition celebrate the sheer possibility and versatility of clay.


The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, co-published by Hayward Publishing and Hatje Cantz.

August 5, 2022