Artist Camilla Hanney's solo show invites new ways of viewing the gallery's Wedgwood porcelain collection as well as the history of the gallery and garden, formerly the garden of the Curtis family apothecary on Alton High Street. 

Through the medium of clay, including a range of delicately constructed porcelain works, Hanney's work explores fragility, nature and the cycle of life and death. Alongside works that are a playful reference to the figures captured in traditional porcelain ornaments, the show also highlights the work of William Curtis and his studies of the natural world. 

Born January 1746, Curtis was an English botanist and entomologist, who was born in Alton and worked initially with his apothecary father before focusing on botany and other natural history. Fascinated by the collection and preservation of insects, he published a series of significant papers and journals, including Flora Londinensis, one of the first publications devoted to urban nature. 

Our inaugural Artist in Residence programme invites a creative response to the Allen Gallery and the outstanding collection of ceramics housed here. Following a national open call in July 2023, we were delighted to select award-winning young Irish artist Camilla Hanney, who is currently living and working in London. 

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund as part of our project, Rediscovering the Allen Gallery

 

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