Richard Slee: Work and Play

Posted on 27 Jan 2016 in News, Visual Art

​Discover the colourful new exhibition at Tramway from 6 February – 20 March


Find links to further reading, and information about accompanying workshops below.

The original exhibition of Work and Play in Tullie House, Cumbria (2014) was something of a homecoming for artist Richard Slee, who lives and works in London. He was born in Cumbria in 1946, and studied at Carlisle College of Art & Design before specialising in ceramics at the Central School of Art and Design.

Now on tour across Britain, Work and Play's visit to Tramway is the first time it has been exhibited in Scotland, though Slee’s work is very well travelled. One of Britain’s most important contemporary ceramic artists, he has exhibited internationally and his work is represented in numerous collections world-wide, including the British Council (UK), Corcoran Museum of Art (New York) and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. He has received The Jerwood Applied Arts Prize for his contribution to contemporary ceramics.

Richard Slee, Pickaxe 2010,low res.jpgNot only is this exhibition a rare opportunity to see his work in Glasgow, Work and Play shows his most radical work to date, challenging conventional notions of ceramic art and demonstrating the fluid boundaries of 21st century ceramic practice.

At the same time, this exhibition is colourful, playful and very accessible. Throughout the exhibition run Tramway’s free weekly creative drop-in, Tryout, will be inspired by different aspects of Richard Slee’s work. It’s another way to explore the exhibition and Slee’s practice, and is geared to all ages, including children.

We are delighted to be bringing Work and Play to Tramway, and look forward to hearing what you think… and to see what you are inspired to make!

Further reading

Richard Slee: Work and Play is FREE. More information about visiting>

More about Tryout, our free creative drop-ins every Sunday afternoon>

Read more about Richard Slee on Hales Gallery website>


Image: Richard Slee, Pickaxe, 2010 @ Richard Slee