Study day
Pots, prints and politics: ceramics with an agenda

Friday 16 February 2018,
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
Tickets £15
Members/Concessions £12.50

Phone +44 (0)20 7323 8181
Ticket Desk in Great Court

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Join British Museum curators from the Departments of Asia, Prints and Drawings, and Britain, Europe and Prehistory in this one-day study day discussing historical and modern ceramics that have political and other messages, which have been inspired by prints and printmaking.

Since the introduction of paper and woodblock printing in China around AD 600, through to the invention of woodcuts printed on paper and the printing press in Germany in the 15th century, the print medium has been used around the world to disseminate ideas and knowledge. Ceramic artists across time and cultures have adapted these graphic sources as painted or transfer-printed images applied onto glazed or unglazed surfaces to express issues including piety, propaganda, self-promotion, gender, national and regional identities.

This study day is open to all, and will draw on the over 500,000 records catalogued by the Prints and Drawing department, which can be searched on the British Museum’s collection online.

Registration opens at 09.30.

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