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
Bold

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

Publication
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.