Fragile? is Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’ major exhibition showcasing the  beauty and diversity of contemporary ceramic practice. Filling all six contemporary art galleries at National Museum Cardiff, the exhibition ranges from traditional vessels to works which explore the nature of ceramic as a material and includes key works from the museum’s collection, loans from the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Derek Williams Trust, and installations. Works by four Wales-based artists – Claire Curneen, Walter Keeler, Lowri Davies and Adam Buick – are also shown together with specially-commissioned films that delve into each maker’s creative process.

The exhibition also provides a rich opportunity for Dr. Natasha Mayo to extend her research into the ‘Exhibition as a Site of Debate’. Building on the exhibition’s aim of raising dialogues between historical and contemporary ceramics, Natasha’s collaboration with museum applied arts staff and artists Heloise Godfrey and AJ Stockwell, seeks to find ways to reposition methods of ‘in conversation’ to uncover previously silent encounters between objects.

This research also created opportunities for ceramic students to witness the initial selection of pieces and their eventual curation, as well as to discuss the exhibition with the museum’s designers, curators and conservators, and the artists themselves.


Fragile? is generously funded by The Colwinston Charitable Trust and supported by The Derek Williams Trust.

Image Credit: Filming of Richard Deacon’s work by Dr Natasha Mayo.