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"Henrietta MacPhee’s ceramics play wittily between 2D and 3D, and between real and imaginary logics."

Paul Carey Kent, art critic

 

Henrietta MacPhee (b.1985, London) is an artist whose practise is centred in clay. Blending the visual and tangible she creates entertaining illusions and a sense of complexity that traverses the border between 2D and 3D. Through a fresh child-like perspective of the world, she portrays scenes of poetic tenderness and humour, interweaving metaphors for embracing life’s diversity of peoples and their cultures.

 

Her work has been selected for a number of prestigious shows in the UK including ‘Artworks’ organised by the Barbican Arts Group and presenting her work at the International Ceramics Festival in Aberystwyth, Wales as one of four artists selected for the Emerging Makers Award in 2019.

 

CV

 

Education

2015 - 2017   Diploma in Ceramics, City Lit, London

2008 - 2009   Art Foundation, Camberwell College of Art, London

2004 - 2007   BA Classical Studies, Kings College London

 

Selected Exhibitions

2024

RBA Annual Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London 29 Feb - 9 Mar

 

2023

Solo Exhibition, Oasis, Barbican Library, London, 1 - 23 Dec

AIR Open, AIR gallery, Altrincham, 17 Aug - 30 Sept

A Generous Space 3, Artist Support Pledge, Huddersfield Art Gallery, 15 July - 9 Sept

Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition, Bath, 22 April - 24 June

The Morality of Attention, Karya Bistro, London, 19 April - 9 June

A slash of blue, Gerald Moore Gallery, London, 3 March - 8 April

Reverse Parking, DATGAT, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 4 - 10 Feb 

Two by Two, curated by Brushes with Greatness, Morrell House, London, 2 - 15 Feb

 

2022

A Generous Space 2, Artist Support Pledge, The New Art Gallery, Walsall, 20 May - 25 Sept

Colours, curated by Matthew Macaulay, Stonespace, London, 21 July-7 Aug

Forms without Forms,  Asylum Studios, Suffolk, 24 - 30 July

The Colour of Summer, Linden Hall Studio, Deal, 28 May - 25 June

Let Them Eat Fake, The Bomb Factory, London, 28 April - 1st May 

Art on a Postcard,  International Women's Day Auction, The Bomb Factory, London, PV 1 March

Habitat, Contemporary Six, Manchester 19 Feb - 5 March

Ferens Open 2022, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 19 Feb - 2 May

 

2021

ArtWorks Open Project Space, Barbican Art Trust, London, 4 - 23 Dec

The Winter Group Show, Linden Hall Gallery, Deal, 1 Dec - 30 Jan 2022

A Generous Space, Hastings Contemporary, Hastings, 25 Nov - 22 April 2022

ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, 11-21 Nov

Summer Exhibition, Grove Collective, London, 2 - 14 Sept

Bare Necessities, Haus Gallery, London, 28 May - 3 June

Domesticity and the Feminine online exhibition curated by Joséphine-May Bailey, 22 May - 22 June

 

2020

RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Art, London, 6 Oct - 3 Jan

Town House Open East End, Town House, London, 12 Sep - 25 Oct

Hastings Open, Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, 20 Aug -3 Jan

Choose Art-Give Light to Refugees online Charity Auction, NG Art Creative Residency, Provence

MK Calling, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes 15 Feb - Sept

 

2019

Form19, Whitestuff, Edinburgh 13 - 22 Dec

Objects of desire, Brixton Beneficiary, ASC Studios, London 5-19 Nov

International Ceramics Festival, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales, 5-7 July

Bath Society of Artists Open, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, 18 May - 29 June

Was I really here? Unitled Space, Shanghai, China 29 June 

RBA Rising Stars, The Royal Over-Seas League, London 26 April – 16 June

 

2018

ArtWorks Open Project Space, Barbican Art Trust, London 24 Nov - 9 Dec

Tactile Minds, House Mill Gallery, London, 18 - 23 Sept

artsdepot Open 2018, Apthorp Gallery, London, 26 July - 1 Sept

The Open Contemporary Young Artist Award, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle, 18 May - 26 Aug

RBA Rising Stars, The Framers Gallery, London, 13 - 17 March

 

2017

City Lit Ceramics Diploma Show, Candid Arts, London, 5-8 July

New Designers, Business Design Centre, London, 28 June - 1 July

 

Awards 

London Regional Prize Discerning Eye 2023

Highly commended, Charlotte Fraser Ceramics & Glass Prize, Holt Festival 2022

London Potters Annual Makers Award 2021

Longlisted Jacksons Painting Prize 2020

Potclays New and Emerging Makers Award Finalist, International Ceramics Festival, July 2019

The Eaton Fund, 2018

Shortlisted for the Royal Society of British Artists Rome Scholarship, 2018

Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Visual Arts Award, 2017

 

Residencies

Farm Studio Artist Residency, Rajasthan, India , Feb 2024

Joya, Vélez Blanco, Spain, Oct 2023

Cyprus College of Art Residency, Lempa, Cyprus, May 2023

L'AiR Arts Art Research Residency, Paris, France, Oct 2019

Untitled Space Artist in Residence, Shanghai, China March-April, 2018

 

Public Commissions
Maple tree canopy, 96 glazed ceramic tiles, Maplewood Court, Kent, 2022

31 Pears, 105 glazed ceramic tiles, mural for Perry Hill Pub, London,  2021

 

Talks & Workshops

Painting on clay, workshops, London, UK, 2022

École Jeannine Manuel, in collaboration with L'AiR Arts, Paris, France 2019

Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi, Pakistan 2019

Untitled Space, Shanghai, China, 2018

St Oswolds Art Studios, London, UK, 2018

Parade Mews Pottery, London, UK, 2018

 

Press 

FAD Magazine, The Top 5 Museum Exhibitions to see over the Festive Season by Tabish Khan 2023

Instagram review by London Art Round Up 2023

Instagram review by Paul Carey Kent 2023

FAD MagazineArtwork by London based emerging artists to take over Kings Road shopfront windows by Mark Westall 2022

Made in bed Magazine, Open Call at Grove Collective by Olive Wilson 2021

Elephant Magazine Redrawing the Borders Between the Domestic and the Feminine by Madeleine Pollard 2021

L'AiR Arts Blog Conversations with Clare Patrick and Chris Lashbrook 2020

Agitation: Objects of Desire, review by Tom Carrao 2019

Instagram review by Paul Carey Kent 2019

Potclays Interview July 2019

Rethink Ceramic Art, CoCa Jan 2018

 

Selected writing

31 Pears, London Potters, Issue 204, Aug/Sept 2021

An artist talk at the ICF 2019, London Potters, Issue 193 Oct/Nov 2019

Made in China, London Potters, Issue 185 June/July 2018

 

Membership

ArtCan

Licentiate of the Society of Designer Craftsmen

London Potters

 

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