Approved: 30.08.2016

Martin Harman Art

Artist, Maker

Approved: 30.08.2016

About Martin 

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      Artist Statement

      About Martin 

      I am a British artist based in the UK.
      I create original, one-off, dreamlike abstract ceramic sculpture and 2D artworks.

      Why am I creating art?
      Today’s society can sometimes seem mundane and in keeping with the status quo. Therefore, I believe that creating art is what it means to be human. 
       
      I enjoy creating art I have not seen before and bring it into the world to exist. All of us have the potential to dream and turn ideas into reality. I want to live in a world of creativity, and new experiences. I want to create art that liberates the imagination. 

      What is my purpose?
      My purpose is to create art to evoke curiosity. 
       
      The Historic English Heritage monument Stonehenge helped me to develop this way of thinking. To this day its purpose and meaning still largely remains in question. It forces myself to be curious, to learn anew and reflect upon my existence. I do not intend to replicate its presence in any way but use this as a foundation to generate ideas around imagination, possibility and curiosity. The ideas behind my artworks has to resonate with me and at times it can be interchangeable with my own experience of life.
       
      My art is created for you to explore your imagination, make decisions about what you are seeing and connect with it through your own experience. I want to communicate a fascination for the unknown as life is full of questions. 

      For further information about my ideas please see my blog at: martinharmanart.blogspot.com

      For a behind the scenes look at what is going on feel free to follow my social media channels at:

      Facebook: Martin Harman Art

      Instagram: Martin Harman Art

      Twitter: Martin Harman Art

      You can also find videos about my art on Youtube at: Martin Harman Art

      CV & Education

      CV
      Martin Harman
      Website: www.martinharmanart.com

      Education
      2010-2012  MA Ceramics, UWIC Cardiff School of Art and
                          Design, UK
      2007-2010  BA, Three Dimensional Design Ceramics, UCA,
                          Farnham, UK  

      Solo Exhibitions
      2017  Reimagining Stonehenge, Workers Gallery, Porth Wales UK

      Group Exhibitions  

      UK & Europe

      2020  The art of communication in the commonwealth, 44 AD Artspace, Bath, UK

      2019 Polodango 2019 Art Exhibition                                                                                               2019  The London Ultra, Bargehouse at Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK
      2019  Symposium Exhibition at the Kapolna Gallery, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét,  Hungary 
      2019  Bath society of artists 114th Annual Open Exhibition, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK
      2019  Exhibit Here's Hope Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London, UK
      2018  The London Ultra 2018, Bargehouse Gallery, Oxo Tower Wharf, London, UK
      2018  Group Exhibition at XI International Ceramics Symposium Römhild, Glücksburg Castle, Germany
      2018  IV. International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018, National Museum of Slovenia –  Metelkova
      2018  Drawing Through Clay, Bath Spa University Sion Hill Campus, Bath UK
      2018  Sites Unseen, Studio 11, Kingston Upon Hull, UK 
      2018  Ways of Seeing, Hours Gallery, Bristol, UK
      2017  Millfield Summer Show 2017, The Atkinson Gallery, Somerset, UK
      2017  Summer Open Exhibition Bath Society of Artists, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, UK
      2017  Creekside Open, A.P.T Gallery, London, UK
      2016  WAC Wells Art Contemporary, The Bishop's Palace, Wells, UK
      2016  Blackwells Art & Poster Shop, Oxford, UK
      2016  Breath of Fresh Air, Byard Art Gallery, Cambridge, UK
      2016  Inner Connections, Galateea Gallery, Bucharest, Romania
      2015  East Meets West, Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol, UK
      2015  Open Ceramics 2015, Sailsbury Arts Centre, UK
      2015  CLUJ International Ceramics Biennale, Cluj-Napoca Museum of Art, Romania.
      2015  International Triennial of Ceramics UNICUM 2015, National Museum of Slovenia - Metelkova
      2015  Rising Stars, New Ashgate Gallery Farnham, UK
      2015  Transformation, 44AD Artspace, Bath, UK
      2014  30th Annual Open Exhibition??, CGP London, UK
      2014  Wells Art Contemporary, Wells and Mendip Museum, UK
      2014  Materiality, 44AD Artspace, Bath, UK
      2014  Fringe Art Bath Open Prize, UK
      2013  161st Annual Open Exhibition, RWA, Bristol, UK
      2013  The Competitive Exhibition of the 8th International Biennial of Ceramics presented by the City of Kapfenberg, Cultural Center, Austria
      2012  53 Degrees North, The New School House Gallery, York, UK 
      2012  Great Summer Exhibition, Butetown History & Arts Centre, Cardiff, Wales, UK

      Asia & Australia 
      2018  IAC Members Exhibition New Orientalia, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
      2018  IAC Members Exhibition-Free Expression, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
      2016  ICMEA 2016 Emerging artists competition, International Ceramic Art Museums, Fuping, China
      2016  30th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Gallery, Australia
      2016  Taiwan Ceramics Biennale, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
      2016  Chun Tao (Spring Ceramics), Mad L Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
      2016  The Human Condition, MADL (mixed Art Design Life), Taipei, Taiwan

      Fair

      2020  Bath Art Fair, Bath Pavilion, UK

      2016  Made by Hand, City Hall Cardiff, UK
      2016  Top Drawer Craft, Olympia, London, UK
      2015  Ceramic Art York, Centre of Ceramic Art at York Art Gallery, UK
      2015  The Other Art Fair Arnolfini, Bristol, UK
      2014  Islington Contemporary Art & Design Fair, Candid Arts Trust, London, UK
       
      Awards 
      2014  Bristol First Collective, who purchased his sculpture Juxtaposed at the 161stAnnual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy,Bristol, UK
       
      Public Collections

      • The flies eggs, Wax on, Stone effect - International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary
      • Escape - The National Museum of Slovenia
      • Circle Cluster and Od-toed Ungulate- Ariana Museum, Geneva, Switzerland
      • Sweet Tooth, Honey on the Water and Night as Day - XI International Ceramics Symposium Römhild 2018
      • Solitude - New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
      • QQ  - International Ceramic Art Museum, China
      • Hypnagogia - Cluj Art Museum, Romania 
      • Juxtaposed - Bristol First Collective, Bristol
      • Sunrise - The National Museum of Slovenia

      Residencies & Symposiums
      2019  Symposium at the International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary. (Invited guest) 
      2018  Cross-cultural Identity Through Clay, Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Japan. (Residency)
      2018  XI International Ceramics Symposium Römhild 2018, Glücksburg Castle, Römhild, Germany. (Invited guest) 
      2017  Drawing Through Clay Bundanon Trust, Bundanon, New  South Wales, Australia. (Residency?)
      2015  Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark. (Residency)
      2009  Attended: ISCAEE, Ceramic Biennial, Incheon, South Korea, ceramic artwork exhibited.
      2008  Attended: ISCAEE, Ceramic Biennial, Kenya, ceramic artwork exhibited at the National Museum. 

      Membership

      Presentations
      2019  Presentation: Symposium, International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary
      2018  Presentation: XI International Ceramics Symposium Römhild, Glücksburg Castle, Römhild, Germany 
      2017  Presentation and demonstration: National Taiwan University of Arts
      2016  The Relationship between Research and Practice, New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taiwan
      2015  The Relationship between Research and Practice, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, UK
       
      Publications
      2019  Ceramics Ireland Issue 42 2018 p48, 49 
      2016  International Contemporary Artists Vol Xl, p372
      2016  The World of Interiors, February, Design Report, p148
      2013  Aesthetica-The Art & Culture Magazine, December/January, Issue 50 artists' directory, p141