Making Conversation: Tana West and Holly Corfield Carr

Artist Tana West discusses her installation, Through a Glass Darkly, commissioned for Jerwood Makers Open 2019, with writer and academic Holly Corfield Carr.

Making Conversation is a series of discussion events programmed for Jerwood Makers Open 2019 and developed in collaboration with the artists. This intimate series of conversations gives you a chance to meet the artists and guest speakers, providing an insight into the ideas and processes behind the works in the exhibition.

About the artist’s guest

Holly Corfield Carr is a writer based in Bristol. She researches contemporary sculpture and poetry at the University of Cambridge, where she completed her doctorate on site-specific writing practices in caves and quarries in 2018. Holly has held fellowships and residencies at the Henry Moore Institute, Spike Island, the Wordsworth Trust, the National Trust, Ceramic Review and the British Ceramics Biennial and she has performed her work on BBC Radio 4 and for BBC Radio 3 at the Proms. She received an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors in 2012 and won the Frieze Writer’s Prize in 2015. Holly is an alumna of the Jerwood/Arvon Mentoring Programme for the development of early-career writers 2014/15. hollycorfieldcarr.co.uk

About the artist

Tana West (b. 1981, Cambridge) lives and works in London. She graduated with a Postgraduate Degree in Ceramics and Glass at Royal College of Art in 2014 and with a Bachelor degree in Fine Art: Sculpture at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2003. Selected solo and group exhibitions include: [UN]WOVEN, Material Lab, London Craft Week (2018); British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke on Trent (2017); Made In Neumünster: 30 years of the Künstlerhaus, Neumünster, Germany (2017); Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Mall Galleries, London UK (2016 and 2017); and Land + Water, Royal Fort House, University of Bristol, Bristol (2016). In 2017 she was selected as the winner of the British Ceramics Biennial Award and in 2014 she was awarded the Konstfack Exchange Award by Anglo Swedish Society. tanawest.co.uk