At the Nature v Humans Exhibition Victoria Gallery Liverpool

 

Pleased to be exhibiting at the super Victoria Gallery & Museum in Liverpool.  The Nature V Humans exhibition is now open to everyone on a timed entry basis.  The exhibition includes works by JMW Turner,  Cornelia Parker, Adrien Henri and myself – Helen Birnbaum. I will be conducting Design your own Microbe sessions in August as part of the Victoria’s workshop season.

Terra Firma Leaky Boat

130 ceramic hands gather around hoping to get onto a leaky boat (a reclaimed wheelbarrow from my local wood).  This work was made in response to the Eco refugee crisis that the world faces. The majority of the hands were made in unglazed single fired brown, black and white clay, but a few are taller and glazed in bright colours – these represent hope.

If you would like to see the accompanying film please click on the link shown below.

Film of the hands set to the sound of waves 

One large, craggy hand holds a blue glass sphere represents our fragile planet whilst tall, brightly glazed hands guide us through the crowd. Both signify hope.

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Funky hands

SOME OF MY ORIGINAL 100 HANDS INSTALLATION ARE FINDING NEW ROLES FOR THEMSELVES.  TAKE A LOOK AT THEM ON INSTAGRAM @HELENBIRNBACERAMICS

 

 

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The virus who came to tea

Great to be involved in the Virus who came to Tea Instagram digital exhibition @r_is_n.projects because it gives me the chance to show a more carefree approach to my work. Here are a few of my ceramic hands usually installed in town and country environments, but this time arranged with a plastic monster toy, old fashioned flower presses and my favourite 1930’s teapot.  Take a look at more of these on my own Instagram @helenbirnbaumceramics. Enjoy.

 

100 Hands – the original work

The 100 Hands were made in remembrance of the Covid pandemic in 2020 and installed outside a local church to symbolise the effect of the pandemic on communities.  I chose to make hands because they have been used by artists for centuries as evocative symbols of humanity and  I made my hands in different clay colours to emphasise  the shared universal loss. The image below shows church workers coming to open up their church on the day before it was opened for a prayer. They felt that the hands were an apt and reverent symbol and were pleased to be photographed with the work. The church workers symbolise healing and a new life.

The 100 Hands  represent community; in my photographs this is a silent community unable to be in its usual places and in the film the hands outside the church represent a community waiting to open the doors. We all recognise just how important our hands are to us and in this time of quarantine there is a sadness in out relationship with the hands that we cannot use to touch things surfaces and those we love for fear of infection.  

Installing 100 Hands outside the local church

V&A Morley Ceramics Award 2018

ANTICIPATION  WINS THE CERAMIC PRIZE AT THE MORLEY GALLERY V&A EXHIBITION 2018.  https://www.inspired.by/

 

Anticipation

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AWARDED THE CERAMICS PRIZE IN THE V&A AND MORLEY COLLEGE OPEN EXHIBITION   2018