Tana West's (UN)WOVEN installation explores barriers and divisions across Europe

UNWOVEN by Tana West | Photography: Joel Chester Fildes

In a new exhibition launching in May 2018, the award-winning installation (UN)WOVEN by artist Tana West will be exhibited at London's Material Lab in a collaborative exhibition between the British Ceramics Biennial and manufacturer, Johnson Tiles.

Held during London Craft Week, visitors will be given the opportunity to view West’s dramatic work, which comprises an ongoing investigation into the barriers and divisions across Europe, both real and perceived, and what this means in the context of Brexit.

The installation features two works; 'Pavers' and 'Hard Border', and contains clay-like soil sent from across Europe.

Darren Clanford, Creative Director at Johnson Tiles & Material Lab, explains the partnership: “Both London Craft Week and the British Ceramics Biennial provide fantastic platforms for showcasing the wealth of rising talent from the burgeoning UK ceramics industry.

“As a British manufacturer of ceramic tiles, we’ve long been dedicated to supporting and nurturing designers and makers operating in this medium through championing their work at every opportunity.

“This is also embedded into the ethos of our London-based studio and materials library, Material Lab, which exists to celebrate up-and-coming and established creators alike. We’re honoured to be showcasing the work of Tana West, an artist that we greatly admire."

UNWOVEN by Tana West | Photography: Joel Chester Fildes

UNWOVEN by Tana West | Photography: Joel Chester Fildes

The British Ceramics Biennial 2017 | Photography: Georgia Hallett

The British Ceramics Biennial 2017 | Photography: Georgia Hallett

Darren adds: “We are delighted to be able to join with Johnson Tiles in presenting Tana West’s piece (UN)WOVEN as part of the prestigious London Craft Week", added Barney Hare Duke, Artistic Director at British Ceramics Biennial.

“Large scale, finely worked and engineered with an intensity of purpose (UN)WOVEN explores the power of ceramic material to carry meaning and provoke thinking. This exhibition gives London audiences a great opportunity to see and hear about Tana’s work.

“Both Tana and Johnson Tiles are to be congratulated for the inspiration and support that they have given to the pursuit of excellence and innovation in the contemporary ceramics sector.”

The exhibition runs from 9 May – 7 June, Monday to Friday: 9.30am-5.30pm. Entry is free and no booking is required. Discover more at material-lab.co.uk.

The British Ceramics Biennial 2017 | Photography: Georgia Hallett

The British Ceramics Biennial 2017 | Photography: Georgia Hallett

The British Ceramics Biennial 2017 | Photography: Georgia Hallett

The British Ceramics Biennial 2017 | Photography: Georgia Hallett