Interbeing – No Interdependent Origins

Residency/Exhibition (UK)



August-October 2021
Powell-Cotton Museum

Over the summer The Ceramic House partners with the Powell-Cotton Museum to produce No Interdependent Origins, a remote residency for two Hong Kong ceramic artists paired with two UK artists working in sound. The results of their collaborations will be displayed in the historic setting of Quex House, Kent.

No Interdependent Origins reflects the complexities of working across cultures and disciplines to explore the legacy of a colonial-era collection at the Powell-Cotton Museum through the lens of a remote residency programme, whereby artists from the UK and Hong Kong come together to make collaborative installations in response to both the collection and its setting at the historic Quex House. The ceramic artists from Hong Kong, represented by Karin Weber Gallery, are Annie Wan and Lau Yat Wai, who will be collaborating with two UK artists local to the museum, both working in sound, Emily Peasgood and Dan Thompson.

Powell-Cotton Museum
Quex Park, Birchington, Kent CT7 0BH 

Residency: June – July 2021

Exhibition: 27 August – 31 October

Public open days:

27 August

Originally scheduled to take place in person, the artists have been using video chat to communicate and to collaborate, whilst working remotely in their studios. The UK artists will gather reference material, images, and videos to send to their counterparts in Hong Kong as a basis for their joint explorations. The work produced will be both site-specific, designed for a particular space in the historic house, and responsive, opening up new ways of reading familiar objects and settings in the museum and the house. This is the first time that the museum has engaged with contemporary artists in this way, a process they are keen to continue with in the future.

The Powell-Cotton Museum is currently closed to the public for a period of planned refurbishment and a process of de-colonialising their collection. The museum however is open for special events so that visitors are able to view the exhibition on selected days. The museum website will also host extensive documentation of the exhibition in the form of films and an online exhibition, so that audiences anywhere will be able to access the work.


Gallery of images taken during the site visit with the sound artists and the Hong Kong artists attending via video.

Over June and July both pairs of artists are collaborating remotely in the making of their respective works for the exhibition. The gallery below will be updated with images as they arrive from the artists whilst working on the project.

Inter-being is a Buddhist concept that comes from the Heart Sutra and, in the context of INTERBEING, explores the cultural connections between two seemingly very different cultures, the UK and China. By starting from a point of similarity rather than distance, the project aims to foster and encourage a deeper understanding between countries.

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No Interdependent Origins 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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