13 December—1 March 2015

Ahead of the Curve: new china from China

This exhibition has finished but you can visit our online version.

Direct from China, this ground-breaking exhibition showcased contemporary ceramics and glass from emerging and established Chinese artists.

China is traditionally associated with imperial porcelain or modern mass-production. Ahead of the Curve included striking new work and demonstrated current trends and practices from the traditional porcelain city of Jingdezhen and other artistic centres across China. The twenty artists featured in this exhibition challenge traditional approaches to porcelain and glass in a variety of ways.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue and a range of exclusive porcelain merchandise from Jingdezhen available in the museum shop.

A partnership exhibition with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, The Wilson, Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and Two Cities Gallery, Shanghai.

Well known ceramics historian, Lars Tharp from BBC Antiques Roadshow visited Ahead of the Curve and stopped to give us his thoughts on the exhibition.

Wan Liya, Birds' Twitter and Fragrance of Flowers,2010 ©Wan Liya

Wan Liya, Birds’ Twitter and Fragrance of Flowers, 2010 ©Wan Liya

Shao Changzong, Dreamer, 2011 ©Shao Changzong

Shao Changzong, Dreamer, 2011 ©Shao Changzong

Wu Hao, Drunk Pot Series No.1, 2011 ©Wu Hao

Wu Hao, Drunk Pot Series No.1, 2011 ©Wu Hao

Supported by Arts Council England.

Main Image: Spring Up Series No.9, 2010, Porcelain, ©Zhang Jingjing