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Interbeing – Emptiness is Form



is Form

An exhibition of Chinese Contemporary Ceramics

Emptiness is Form launches the INTERBEING project, an ambitious international ceramic and sound art project between British and Chinese artists taking place throughout 2021. The exhibition features contemporary Chinese ceramics from artists in China, the USA, Italy and the UK.

To accompany the ceramics on display in Emptiness is Form, a selection of Chinese sound artists will live stream performances Wednesdays and Fridays at 12pm GMT during the exhibition. The curators will engage the sound artists in discussions on Instagram live filled by a streamed performance on Vimeo. Click here to see the schedule.

 The sound works will also be released on an album in collaboration with Aural Detritus Concert Series.

Inter-being is a Buddhist concept that comes from the Heart Sutra and, in the context of the Interbeing project, explores the cultural connections between two seemingly very different cultures, the UK and China. By starting from a point of similarity rather than distance, we hope to foster and encourage a deeper understanding between artists from the two countries, especially at this time when the challenges of Covid-19 are pressing us towards more open international collaboration.

The Ceramic House,
75 Stanmer Villas, Brighton BN1 7HN

27th May – 20th June

Opening event: 27 May 
Virtual opening 5-6pm
In person 6.30 – 9.30pm

Public opening dates:
11-5pm Saturdays and Sundays 28, 30 May, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 June

Open by appointment weekdays between 28th May and 20th June. Contact us here to make an appointment.

Opening event: 27 May Featuring live performances in the garden by Monica Tong and Joseph Young accompanied by wine and a warm welcome. 


The title Emptiness is Form is taken from the Heart Sutra and reflects myriad ways in which the exhibitors work with the material of clay. The ceramists selected for this show represent established artists working in China and also newer emerging artists from China and around the world. All the artists have an interest in exploring both traditional techniques fused with a contemporary design sensibility offering a compelling overview of the breadth and range of contemporary Chinese ceramic practice today.

Exhibiting artists

Sound artists

To accompany Emptiness is Form we commissioned five Chinese sound artists to create new performances which were released on Vimeo preceded by introductory chats on Instagram Live. The five artists, Sheng Jie, Hui Ye, Echo Ho, Sun Wei and Sin:Ned are participating in Perfection of Understanding, a remote residency in collaboration with UK ceramic artists.

Sheng Jie

Hui Ye

Echo Ho

Sun Wei


Emptiness is Form is part of the Interbeing project – an exploration of collaborative ceramic and sound art practice in Britain and China. Throughout 2021 at The Ceramic House.

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