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Drawn to Form: The Matter in Hand

14 August 2015


Kei Takemura, Suzanne Archer, Walter Auer, Emma Fielden, Janet Fieldhouse, 
Juz Kitson, Jude Rae, Tania Rollond, Abdullah M.I. Syed, Toni Warburton

Precious but broken ceramics have a chance of finding a new life through Japanese ceramic artist Kei Takemura, the international artist-in-residence at Blacktown Arts Centre throughout August.

She joins nine other artists in the exhibition Drawn to Form: The Matter in Hand which explores the relationship between drawing and ceramics.

The exhibition includes a series of workshops with Kei Takemura where members of the public are invited to bring in broken or chipped ceramic objects which hold special meaning to them. Kei will transform the object and some of these items may be displayed as part of the exhibition at Blacktown Arts Centre from 20 August until 3 October.

This series of works deals with vessels such as cups, plates, glasses, light-bulbs and teapots that were broken by accident,’ said Kei Takemura. ‘Instead of throwing them away, I try to put them in a preserved condition.’ Her process of ‘preservation’ involves wrapping the broken object in transparent fabric and using silk thread to stitch through the wrapping along the fractured lines.


‘We invite the community to experience Kei’s work firsthand by bringing their own broken objects to be transformed during one of her workshops,’ said Paul Howard, Visual Arts Curator at Blacktown Arts Centre. ‘If you have a ceramic or bone china bowl, dish, plate or similar object which holds a special meaning for you, then do bring it along as Kei would love to hear the story behind it.’


The Drawn to Form exhibition includes new ceramics, drawings, performance, installation and video work by Suzanne Archer, Walter Auer, Emma Fielden, Janet Fieldhouse, Juz Kitson, Jude Rae, Tania Rollond, Abdullah M.I. Syed, and Toni Warburton. Walter Auer’s artworks include a series of works completed with the Bankstown Aboriginal Elders Group, and Walter will be running a workshop for students in the ceramics studio at Chifley College Senior Campus (date TBC).

Drawn to Form: The Matter in Hand is guest curated by Merran Esson (Head of Ceramics, National Art School, Sydney) and Abdullah M.I. Syed (Mount Druitt artist and curator).

The exhibition and public program is a partnership with the National Art School (Ceramics Department) and Parramatta Artists’ Studios and is sponsored by Nomura Foundation and Pola Art Foundation, Japan.


The Drawn to Form public program features a series of workshops by international artist-in-residence Kei Takemura, Toni Warburton will present a thrown clay performance in the Blacktown Arts Centre carpark, and guest curators Merran Esson and Abdullah M.I. Syed will introduce the artists' talks. 


Friday 14 August

11am - 12.30pm Workshop with Kei Takemura 


Tuesday 18 August

5pm - 6.30pm Workshop with Kei Takemura


Saturday 22 August

11am - 12.30pm Workshop with Kei Takemura

2.30pm - 4.30pm Performance by Toni Warburton and Artist Talk



Blacktown Arts Centre

78 Flushcombe Rd Blacktown NSW

Thursday 20 August to Saturday 3 October 2015, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm



High res available on request.

Kei Takemura, Renovated Flower Dish, 2014, Broken German ceramic dish, glue, Japanese silk thread, Italian synthetic cloth, photo courtesy the artist.

Kei Takemura

Janet Fieldhouse, Great Grandmother Totem, 2014, porcelain, wood, light box.
Photo courtesy the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne.


The following artists are available for interview:

  • Kei Takemura (Japan), international artist-in-residence
  • Abdullah M.I. Syed (local resident/Mount Druitt), guest curator/exhibiting artist


For press interview and photo opportunities, contact Jodie Polutele at Blacktown Arts Centre on 9839 6245 or 0428 359 514 or


Blacktown Arts Centre an exciting and innovative multi-arts hub located in the heart of Blacktown, just a five minute walk from the station. The Centre presents a curated program of exhibitions, performances, workshops and events with a primary focus on arts development, and actively develops new audiences and new experiences for audiences. Taking great pride in providing access to world quality performances and events, Blacktown Arts Centre supports professional artists in developing their artforms, and encourages partnerships with key cultural organisations to develop arts activity in the region. Blacktown Arts Centre has a firm commitment to exploring the best, most dynamic and culturally diverse work in Western Sydney, and in promoting it as a vital part of Australian contemporary arts practice.



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