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Williamson hosts ceramic exhibition which 'draws attention to forced migration’

A new exhibition by celebrated ceramicist Stephen Dixon will be on show at the Williamson Art Gallery & Museum from April to 18 June.

Stephen Dixon’s ‘Maiolica and Migration’ exhibition draws attention to forced migration by using shipwrecks and the sinking of refugee vessels in the English Channel and Mediterranean Sea.

Dixon was 2021 winner at the British Ceramics Biennial for his work, 'Transient: The Ship of Dreams and Nightmares', which will be included in this exhibition.

Image of some of the items displayed in the collection - items are made from ceramics
‘Transient: The Ship of Dreams and Nightmares’ as installed at the British Ceramics Biennial, 11th September – 17th October 2021. © Jenny Harper

White tin-glazed pottery has been used to help deliver this message as it mirrors the migration patterns of contemporary refugees and asylum seekers from North Africa to Northern Europe.

‘Maiolica and Migration’ is just one of three exhibitions by Dixon in Merseyside – the other exhibitions being at the Walker Art Gallery and Bluecoat Display Centre. The collaboration between the three venues is part of NW Craft Network’s celebration of craft, supported by the Art Fund’s Professional Network Grant.

For more information about the exhibition visit Williamson Art Gallery & Museum website.