Great coverage for Matt Smith’s forthcoming exhibition Flux: Parian unpacked at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 6 March – 1 July 2018. 

Following his critically acclaimed, Arts Council funded Wunderkammer installation at Collect 2017, Matt Smith, winner of the 2014 Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize, has debuted ‘Wunderkammer II’ at this year’s fair, winning ‘The Object of the Fair Award’.

In this latest project, Smith integrates new subversive and comical forms with white Parian and found ceramics.tim_20180305_null_null_01_4.jpg

THE TIMES

Queen’s heads Busts of Queen Victoria against a backdrop of the Bengal famine in Flux: Parian unpacked, at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge from tomorrow.apj_20180305_null_null_01_23-a.jpg

THE PRESS AND JOURNAL

Culture: Queen Victoria parian bust exhibit turns heads

Emma Shaw adjusts parian busts of Queen Victoria at Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum against a backdrop of the Bengal Famine in the ‘Flux: Parian unpacked’ contemporary exhibition by artist Matt Smith. Historic parian busts are used to raise moral questions on figures in British history, asking why we celebrate and venerate compromised figureheads. The exhibition highlights abuse of power, race, empire and oppression, immigration, exploitation and overseas aid.

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YORKSHIRE POST

Empire Exhibition

Emma Shaw adjusts parian busts of Queen Victoria against a backdrop of the Bengal Famine in an exhibition by artist Matt Smith which will highlight the abuse of power and the Empire when it opens at The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge tomorrow.iii_20180305_null_null_01_10-a

BOOM TO BUST

Emma Shaw of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge adjusts parian busts of Queen Victoria against a backdrop of the Bengal Famine in the ‘Flux: Parian unpacked’ exhibition by artist Matt Smith. The show, which opens tomorrow, asks why we celebrate and venerate compromised figureheads.

THE MUSEUM IS NOT NEUTRAL (30th April 2018) – Conference at The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Museums are neither neutral nor static – they constantly change and often reflect how society sees itself. The relationship between who we think we are and our objects and heritage is emotional and charged.

Developed to accompany Flux, a newly commissioned exhibition created by Matt Smith in response to the collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum, this study day will explore how cultural organisations are shifting their focus, questioning our histories, and making themselves relevant to a wider public.

Speakers include artist and curator Matt Smith, Richard Sandell, Professor of Museums Studies, University of Leicester; Catrin Jones, curator, The Holburne Museum and Jasleen Kaur, artist.

Booking has opened at https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/tickets/events/museum-not-neutral

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