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  • Artist/Project: Bouke de Vries / Memory Vessels
  • Collaborator(s): Southampton City Council Museum Collections, Dixon Glass (glass blowers)
  • Location(s):Southampton City Art Gallery
  • Lead partner: Southampton City Council
  • Exhibition Dates: Free entry 7 September – 23 December 2013, Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm, Saturday 10am – 5pm. The gallery is closed on Sundays

Bouke de Vries, a Dutch-born artist whose recent exhibitions in the UK include Pallant House Gallery, Chichester; Holbourne Museum, Bath and Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA).  de Vries has also exhibited internationally in Amsterdam, Milan, Basel and Kyoto. Working primarily in ceramics, he is represented in a growing number of collections.

Collaborating with Southampton City Council Museum Collections, artist Bouke de Vries will select damaged pieces of ceramics and create glass vessels using the original shape of the broken object.  These will create ‘ghost’ vessels which will hold the fragments of the original pieces to create a conversation about the value and beauty in something perceived as worthless.

Bouke de Vries is concerned with exploring memory, history and the nature of beauty. Using damaged ceramics as a starting point, and drawing on skills honed in his daily work as a conservator of ceramics and glass, this project investigates different angles and interpretations of art, history and beauty.  

Programmed in association with artSOUTH, Bouke de Vries has also been commissioned by the University of Portsmouth and St Barbe Museum, Lymington to create memory vessels for other sites in the region. For further details please visit the associated exhibitions page.

Images courtesy of Bouke de Vries


Listen to Bouke de Vries, talk to about his work and collaboration with Dixons Glass and the various Museum Collections involved in creating his pieces. Facilitated by Gill Nicol of lightsgoingon. Saturday 14 September 12 – 1pm at Southampton City Art Gallery.