Six McKnight Artists

Northern Clay Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

July 12th 2014 to August 31st 2014
One Hundred Years Gerrit Rietveld Academie Ceramic

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag
Stadhouderslaan 41, Den Haag, The Netherlands

November 8th 2014 to May 3rd 2015
Earlier News
CEAC 15th Anniversary

Chinese European Art Center (CEAC)
Xiamen, Fujian Province, China

November 8th 2014 to November 29th 2014
Tong An

The British Centre
IFC, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China

June 12th 2015 to October 31st 2016
Beeldentuin Ravesteyn

Ravesteyn Castle
Korte Welleweg 1, Heenvliet, The Netherlands

April 30th 2015 to May 22nd 2015
Van Toen & Van Nu

Galerie De Witte Voet
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

November 1st 2014 to December 20th 2014

Galerie WithTsjalling
Groningen, The Netherlands

March 3rd 2016 to April 4th 2016
Ad Hoc

Galerie De Witte Voet
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

January 7th to February 5th 2017
PechaKucha Volume 2: Informal Realities

2697 Art Institutions
Xiamen, China

May 20th 2016
Lecture: Sculpture, Ceramics and Artist Workcentres

Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts
Guangzhou, China

May 27th 2016
Boundless Material

Kui Yuan Gallery
Guangzhou, China

April 22nd 2016 to May 16th 2016
Lecture: Ceramic Art York 2016

Tempest Anderson Hall
York Museums Trust, UK

September 9th 2016
Ad Hoc was a group exhibition held by Galerie De Witte Voet in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was the first in a series of the same name presented over the first six months of 2017. These exhbitions were intended to show the diversity of artists and their work represented by the gallery during the course of its operation over the previous four decades. The gallery moves from its location of nearly half a century in Amsterdam in June 2017. The works I presented in the exhibition were made during a period in-residence at the Norhern Clay Center in the USA in 2007.
Nick Renshaw describes the development of his ceramic work over the past twenty five years and the influence of the different cultural backdrops encountered along the way. Nick has lived and worked all over the world, in the UK, the Netherlands, the US, and most recently in China. This lecture also describes ceramic practice in the context of ceramic work-centres, particularly the European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC) in the Netherlands and how and why this institution has become the world leader it is today forms the basis of a book to be published later this year..
The exhibition Boundless Material was a two-person exhibition held at the Kui Yuan Gallery in Guangzhou in the south of China. A number of pieces from the series Tong An were presented, a series created in a historic district of the same name, now part of the city of Xiamen (formerly known as Amoy) in Fujian Province. The exhibition was held as part of the annual Dutch Days cultural season in China in which creative activities and professionals from the Netherlands are presented.
PechaKucha is an informal presentation format whereby a series of twenty images progress consecutively for twenty seconds each. The concept was devised in order to create an accessible and informative platform. This presentation focussed on the development of my creative practice from its origins, through a number of projects and public commissions, culminating in a description of the forthcoming publication of my research into the European Ceramic Workcentre in the Netherlands.
This lecture came from an invitation by the Department of Ceramics of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts and focussed on two distinct areas of my work. Firstly, an account of my working practice to help give an understanding into the nature of my sculptural work. And secondly, a description of research I have undertaken in the field of artist residences and ceramic workcentres, with particular reference to the European Ceramic Workcentre, the focus of the forthcoming publication Demystified: The European Ceramic Workcentre as Centre of Excellence.
'Bold' was a two person exhibition in Groningen in the north of the Netherlands. A selection of sculptures from the series Myriad and Other Origins was made. Works from one series were coupled with one from the other, creating a complementary yet contrasting combination. Nick Renshaw lives and works intermittently between Europe and China. . The physical characteristics of the works are conceived through experiments with the material and can be viewed as a visualisation of the hidden personalities of the sculptures' (Tsjalling Venema).
This solo presentation of sculptures was installed to coincide with the opening of the new British Centre in the IFC, Guangzhou, in the south of China. The works presented are a new body of sculptures conceived under the title of 'Tong An'. They are formed using red clay and are the result of an extended process of modelling, casting, press-molding and ultimately firing using the age old Chinese technique of wood firing in a dragon kiln. Tong An refers both to the locality of their production in Fujian Province as well as its English meaning of 'staying peacefully together'.
This group exhibition is an annual presentation of sculpture held in and around the castle ruins and surrounding gardens of the historic Ravesteyn estate in the south of Holland. The grounds are formed by a variety of gardens which encircle the remains of the castle at the garden's centre. For this event I installed a number of figurative works on a central wooded pathway leading up to the castle. As if the sculptures were traversing and following each other along a specially prepared walkway. The exhibition is organised by Stichting Stede en Vrije Heerlykheit.
This exhibition celebrated the one hundred year history of the ceramic department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. During its hundred years the department has helped to deliver a large number of visual artists who have made significant impressions in the visual art field in Holland and internationally. The exhibition presented a selection of works from leading artists who have passed through the department and who are representative of developments and practice throughout this hundred year history.
This group exhibition mirrors the associated exhibition in celebration of one hundred years of ceramic activity at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The artists represented by Galerie De Witte Voet in this presentation have each at the beginning of their careers spent time studying in the ceramic department of this influential academy. Works presented in this exhibition are a combination of pieces, juxtaposing work made at an early moment in the artist's career with one from a recent series.
A group exhibition which celebrates the fifteen years of operation of the Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen, P.R. China. The exhibition shows recent work from a number of Chinese and European artists, each of whom have worked with CEAC over the previous decade and a half.
This group exhibition presents the work of the six visual artists who worked with the support of the McKnight Foundation during 2013. These six artists worked either as artist in residence at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis or received the support of the Mcknight Foundation through its Fellowship programme.
Ad Hoc V

Galerie De Witte Voet
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

April 29th to May 10th 2017
Lecture: Nick Renshaw

Times of Paper Bookstore
Xiamen, China

June 4th 2017
Ad Hoc V was the fifth in a series of presentations held under the same name and was a group exhibition organised to coincide with the publication of my research into the European Ceramic Workcentre (EKWC), Demystified: The European Ceramic Workcentre as Centre of Excellence. The exhibition presented work from artists who have both made work as artist-in-residence at the EKWC and who have also collaborated with Galerie De Witte Voet in the presentation of their work over the previous four decades.
As part of the public program in support of the Chinese European Art Center's exhibition Rolling Snowball / 8 Xiamen this lecture was given at the Times of Paper Bookstore in the Haicang district of Xiamen. The lecture focused on two principle themes. Firstly, the background and significance of Demystified, my recently published theory concerning the European Ceramic Workcentre, and secondly, a description of my visual arts practice over previous years in which background influences, underlying themes and modes of production were explained.
Ad Hoc III

Galerie De Witte Voet
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

March 11th to April 5th 2017
Ad Hoc III was a group exhibition held by Galerie De Witte Voet in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and was the third in a series of the same name presented over the first six months of 2017. These exhbitions were intended to show the diversity of artists and their work represented by the gallery during the course of its operation over the previous four decades. The gallery moves from its location of nearly half a century in Amsterdam in June 2017. Works I presented in this exhibition were from both the Other Origin and Myriad series.
Demystified: The European Ceramic Workcentre As Centre of Excellence

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Publication Launch April 30th 2017
Demystified: The European Ceramic Workcentre As Centre of Excellence is a publication based on my previous PhD research. It describes the complex system of operation that exists throughout the EKWC, how such an ideal working environment has developed, why this is unique to the EKWC, and why such excellence in practice is difficult to find in other related organisations around the world. The publication is a collaboration with publisher Jap Sam Books, graphic designer Montse Hernandez I Sala, and the EKWC itself.
Rolling Snowball / 8 Xiamen

Chinese European Art Center (CEAC)
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Xiamen, China

May 20th to June 18th 2017
Rolling Snowball / 8 Xiamen is the latest in a series of Rolling Snowball exhibitions. These exhibitions are group presentations organised and curated by the Chinese European Art Center and present the breadth and diversity of artists who have each, at one time or other, collaborated with the organisation during its eighteen years of activity. In this exhibition, forty artists from or based in either China or the Netherlands are presented. The works I exhibited are from two recent series of sculptures made using techniques of ceramic production used in this part of China for thousands of years.
NCC Residential

Northern Clay Center
Minneapolis, USA

March 9th to April 22nd 2018
The residency is a critical component of a ceramic artist's development. Over the past twenty five years, Northern Clay Center has acquired examples of stunning ceramic art from makers across the state, country and world. Each artist was, at some point in their professional career, in residence at the Center - in conjunction with an exhibition, through an emerging artist residency, or enabled by the McKnight Artist Residency for Ceramic Artists. NCC Residential highlights dozens of makers who've shared their vision, time and talents with the Center and its constituents as artist-in-residence.
Restating Clay

York Art Gallery
York, UK

March 19th to 20th 2018
The Restating Clay conference will bring together potters, artists, curators, academics, students, collectors, gallerists and enthusiasts from the UK and beyond, to share experiences and knowledge about the issues that matter to the sector. Delegates had the opportunity to engage in an exciting programme of talks, panel discussions, demonstrations, films, posters, store and exhibition visits. The conference was generously supported by a grant from Arts Council England's Museum Resilience Fund and was a collaboration between York Museums Trust, the University of York and York College.
Lucitopia Rural Design Competition

Lucitopia Town
Qingliangshan National Forest Park, China

May 26th 2018
Jury and expert team member for the Lucitopia Rural Design Challenge 2018. The challenge aims at defining and exploring the needs of the people and community of Qingliangshan, a rural district in the vicinity of Zixi, a town in Jiangxi Province. The challenge explores the possibilities for the regeneration, redevelopment and revitalisation of Chinese rural areas by taking full advantage of the local natural and cultural resources. The Challenge is held annually with a different theme each year and includes teams of young designers from various countries participating in the competition.
Galerie De Witte Voet 1975-2017

Museum Het Princessehof
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

December 8th 2018 to October 27th 2019
The Princessehof presents Galerie De Witte Voet 1975 - 2017. This Amsterdam gallery has been a household name among collectors, enthusiasts and museums. The exhibition shows the quality and diversity of work exhibited there over the past 42 years. Most works on display were purchased by the Princessehof via Galerie De Witte Voet. The often experimental works were made by artists from the Netherlands and abroad.The exhibition includes works by Satoru Hoshino, Maarten Heijkamp, Pablo Ponce, Nick Renshaw, Piet Stockmans and Irene Vonck, among others.
Rolling Snowball Nanjing

AMNUA / Art Museum Nanjing University of Art
Nanjing, China

December 15th 2018 to January 16th 2019
Rolling Snowball Nanjing was a group exhibition of fifty artists jointly organised and curated by the host AMNUA, the Art Museum of Nanjing University of the Arts, and CEAC, the Chinese European Art Center. This exhibition is a further edition of the series of Rolling Snowball exhibitions organised by CEAC. In this edition AMNUA aims to recognise the importance of international and cultural exchange to artists as well as art in general. The two organising bodies each presented artists they have been associated with in recent years, including artists coming from both within and outside China.
Work In Progress

Projectruimte BMB
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

February 16th to March 16th 2019
Work In Progress was an exhibition of artists who collaborated with Galerie De Witte Voet before the gallery closed its exhibition space in Amsterdam in 2017 after more than 40 years as leading institution in the Dutch visual arts field. The exhibition took place in the gallery of Projectruimte BMB, the previous neighbour of Galerie De Witte Voet, and presented work which each artist has been developing during the previous period. For the exhbiition I presented two figures from the body of work Tong An, made using traditional, centuries old utilitarian ceramic techniques utilised in China.
Rolling Snowball / 12 Djupivogur

Chinese European Art Center
Djupivogur, Iceland

July 13th 2019 to August 18th 2019
Rolling Snowball / 12 Djupivogur was the twelfth in the series of exhibitions organised and curated by the Chinese European Art Center (CEAC), and the sixth in this series to be held in the small Icelandic fishing village of Djupivogur. The exhibition presented work by artists predominantly from China, Iceland and the Netherlands, each of whom have worked previously as artist-in-residence at CEAC in Xiamen. For the exhibition I presented two sculptures which incorporated new concepts and processes as part of the ongoing series of works entitled Tong An.
The Middle Zone

Houtian Project
Xiamen, China

September 14th 2019 to September 30th 2019
The Middle Zone was an exhibition hosted and curated by the Houtian Project in Xiamen. The premise for the exhibition as well as its title conjures ideas of the areas between, to that which is uncertain or perhaps undefined; a grey area. All artists in the exhibition, including myself, work or have studios in the vicinity of the Project's location in Houtian, a historic fishing village on the outskirts of the city. The Project operates in a number of ways to not only encourage experimental practice in the contemporary visual arts field but also to engage its audience in this shifting domain.
Ten Years in China

Galerie De Witte Voet
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

October 26th 2019
Ten Years in China was a pop-up salon presentation hosted by Galerie De Witte Voet in Amsterdam marking ten years of my practice in China. A selection of works taken from a number of series developed during this time were presented together, including works made recently from my studio in Houtian Project, works made for previous exhibitions in China and the Netherlands, works made with regard to public commissions as well as plans relating to designs for tableware and for the cladding of a wall for a new building.

Mural for new Building
Dehua, China

Canopy is the name given to the design of a mural for a prominent wall inside a new building in the south of China. The mural will be realised with the aid of twenty three thousand unique hand-made ceramic tiles which will be made in a range of clay tones. The name Canopy relates to the image suggested by the tiles, that of the shadow created by natural light falling through complex tree cover. The wall itself spans twenty five metres in length and five metres in height.