Halima Cassell in conversation with Janet Boston

Part of the Festival of Making, 14-16 June in Blackburn. In association with Creative Lancashire and Manchester Art Gallery.

Conversations in Creativity is a series of talks and insightful interviews where leading creative practitioners from across disciplines explore how inspiration, often from around the world, informs their process.

Previous CiC events for the Festival of Making have featured Alice Rawsthorn OBE, Charles Hadcock, Jane Foster and Martyn Ware.

This event is FREE to attend but we expect this event to be over-subscribed, so please book your place in advance.

Halima Cassell

Halima is one of the UK’s most distinctive and dynamic ceramicists. Halima was born in Kashmir and grew up in Blackburn, Lancashire. Her work reflects her dual international and local heritage. In recent years, Halima has travelled throughout Britain and in Italy, Japan and Pakistan to explore new materials, techniques and approaches. Travel has renewed her appetite for experimentation – in Japan she threw pots whilst stood on a step ladder and in Italy she worked in marble for the first time.

Janet Boston

Janet has curated craft and design at Manchester Art Gallery since 2006 and worked on international exhibitions including South Asian Design, Modern Japanese Design and Eastern Exchanges. She has been a follower of Halima Cassell’s career since seeing her work exhibited in Manchester in 2006 and curated the exhbition Halima Cassell Eclectica – Global Inspirations at Manchester Art Gallery until 5 January 2020. Janet is currently developing the exhibition Cafe Society which opens at Manchester Art Gallery on 15 December 2019.

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery is the original useful museum, inititated in 1823 by artists, as an educational institution to ensure that the city and all its people grow with creativity, imagination, health and productivity. The gallery is free and open to all people as a place of civic thinking and public imagination. It promotes art as a means to achieve social change with its origins from the Royal Manchester Institution for the Promotion of Literature, Science and the Arts. It has been at the centre of city life for nearly 200 years, and has been proudly part of Manchester City Council since 1882. The gallery is for and of the people of Manchester. Through its collections, displays and public programmes it works with all our constituents to ensure creativity, care and consideration infect all aspects of the way we live. This is an art school for everybody and for life.

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