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Last Supper at the Glynn Vivian

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To commemorate the ceramic collection at the Glynn Vivian, we commissioned artist David Cushway to make a short film. David invited visitors to the gallery to choose a piece of work from the collection and talk direct to camera about why they like it (or not!).

The result is Last Supper at Glynn Vivian, an intimate, charming film with 13 tender stories. Volunteers included members of our over 55 club, our ceramics conservator, Peter David and art historian Barry Plummer. The stories range from personal histories to academic insight.

Look closely and the volunteers almost start to look like the objects they chose, from patterns and colours of their clothes or the expressions on their faces. The Last Supper reference comes towards the end as a tracking shot sees all 13 volunteers discussing their objects together in a similar composition to Da Vinci’s Last Supper.

The work was debuted at our closing party and will be part of our new collection. It’s already gaining critical attention with a feature in Ceramic Review and reviews at the excellent blog, Lights Going On.

Thirteen photographs of the participants and their objects taken from the film will be on show at Kith and Kin: New Glass and Ceramics at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland from 11 Nov 2011 to 19 Feb 2012. 

To commemorate the ceramic collection at the Glynn Vivian, we commissioned artist David Cushway to make a short film. David invited visitors to the gallery to choose a piece of work from the collection and talk direct to camera about why they like it (or not!).

The result is Last Supper at Glynn Vivian, an intimate, charming film with 13 tender stories. Volunteers included members of our over 55 club, our ceramics conservator, Peter David and art historian Barry Plummer. The stories range from personal histories to academic insight.

Look closely and the volunteers almost start to look like the objects they chose, from patterns and colours of their clothes or the expressions on their faces. The Last Supper reference comes towards the end as a tracking shot sees all 13 volunteers discussing their objects together in a similar composition to Da Vinci’s Last Supper.

The work was debuted at our closing party and will be part of our new collection. It’s already gaining critical attention with a feature in Ceramic Review and reviews at the excellent blog, Lights Going On.

Thirteen photographs of the participants and their objects taken from the film will be on show at Kith and Kin: New Glass and Ceramics at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland from 11 Nov 2011 to 19 Feb 2012.

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