JOANNA BIRD CONTEMPORARY COLLECTIONS was founded in 1994. The London Gallery exhibits outstanding work from international artists specialising in studio ceramics, studio glass, objets d’art and conceptual art.
Joanna trained with Michael Cardew. Now, as a curator, her particular expertise is in juxtaposing avant-garde work from living artists with examples of outstanding twentieth-century art.
She has a distinguished reputation as an expert in her field, and lectures internationally. Private collectors and curators from museums all over the world regularly consult her on important acquisitions.
Artists include: Steffen Dam (Denmark), Dawn Bendick (USA), Pippin Drysdale (Australia), Hattori Makiko (Japan), Gregory Warren Wilson (UK).
Image right: Dawn Bendick, Time Rock Stack XVI
November 4th – December 16th 2021
We are delighted to present Joanna Bird Gallery’s Winter Exhibition, Jeu d’esprit. The exhibition will run from 4th November – 16th December 2021, Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00am – 5.00pm. Jeu d’esprit describes the play of the spirit. Joanna has brought together a group of artists whose work embodies that playful spirit and wit.
The artists represented in Jeu d’esprit include: Svend Bayer, Hélène Binet, Carina Ciscato, Prue Cooper, Steffen Dam, Pippin Drysdale, Akiko Hirai, Edward Hughes, Chris Keenan, Miyu Kurihara, Lucie Rie, Rupert Spira, Miranda Thomas, Matthew Warner, Gregory Warren Wilson, Philip Wood and Yali Glass. We are very pleased to be introducing three new artists, Oldrich Asenbryl, Edgar Campden, and Kate Windibank.
We much look forward to showing you a selection of outstanding contemporary work. We hope the exhibition will ignite the joyful spirit in all of us, for the festive season ahead.
With best wishes,
Joanna and team
Image right: Akiko Hirai, Poppy Pods
The Garden of Earthly Delights
July 8th – September 8th 2021
Joanna Bird is delighted to be presenting work drawing on a wide variety of art and craft disciplines: sculptural ceramics, letter carving in slate, lanterns, basketry, as well as objects intended for outdoor occasions – jugs for lemonade, carafes, glasses, ceramic vessels, linen and gelato spoons.
The Gallery’s garden is well established, having been designed thirty-five years ago by the celebrated landscape architect Simon Irvine. It provides an ideal setting for this exhibition, and the artists included have responded with outstanding originality to the inspiration offered by natural form, and by elements fundamental to garden design: proportion, form, light, and nature itself.
Image right: Ingot Trio, Carina Ciscato
February 24th – May 31st 2021
JOANNA BIRD CONTEMPORARY COLLECTIONS has exhibited at COLLECT every year since it began in 2004. This year Joanna is delighted to be showing outstanding examples of work by a selection of international artists, each of whom is supremely accomplished in their field: ceramics, glass, sculpture, gold-tooled leather, textiles.
We hope you will enjoy the collection that Joanna has selected for COLLECT at Artsy.net from February 26th — March 26th and thereafter until May 31st appointments are welcome to view the Exhibition at our Chiswick Gallery when Government directives allow.
Image right: Cabinet of Curiosities, Steffen Dam ( View a short video by the Danish Embassy about here)
JOIE DE VIVRE
17th November – 17th December 2020
At the heart of “Joie de Vivre” is each artist’s unique creativity; it is this which enables them to make original and enduring work which, in turn, revels in the very joy it conveys. The pieces in the exhibition encompass both traditional techniques that are being reinvented by artists today, as well as new work that is innovative in its originality. The disciplines represented include: silversmithing, studio ceramics, glass, textiles, carved wood, basket weaving, photography and fine art.
We very much hope that you will take pleasure in the brilliant colourfulness and exuberance of this exhibition. The pieces can all be viewed online, and you are welcome to visit the Chiswick Gallery from 2nd December – 17th December where the three galleries and garden can accommodate social distancing. Private appointments are welcome.
Image right: The Abacus Dreams in Colour, Gregory Warren Wilson
July 15th – September 15th, Virtual Exhibition
July 28th – September 15th, Chiswick Gallery, Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 5pm. Open by appointment at other times.
This exhibition gives seventeen artists, unconditionally, the chance to exhibit work that they feel most truly represents them. It focuses particularly on how these artists have come to evaluate their own work. In doing so, it offers us a rare insight into a wide range of contemporary artistic sensibilities.
When an artist is willing to show work that they feel represents them at their best, and offer us their words, it is an inspiration for those of us who are lucky enough to witness and to be enriched by it. The works represented include ceramics, glass, textiles, photography and conceptual pieces.
Image right: The Visitor, V by Hélène Binet