Since 2011, Kay Aplin has been curating exhibitions of the highest standard of international contemporary ceramics within the unusual domestic context of this unique house. Most years, as part of Artists Open Houses during the Brighton Festival in May, The Ceramic House has opened its doors to the public with additional exhibitions, residencies and events happening occasionally throughout the year.
Initially, inviting artists personally known to Kay, the scope and ambition of The Ceramic House exhibitions has grown in parallel with the spread of tiled features throughout the space. In 2014, Fantastic Tales: Danish Contemporary Ceramics marked a turning point with the first themed exhibition and the development of increasingly wide-ranging and multi-faceted projects.
In 2016, a mini ‘white cube’, In Camera, opened, in a separate building in the garden, offering a neutral space for installations and providing a space for performance events. In Camera was inaugurated in 2016 with Landscape : Islands, the first project of Kay’s ongoing collaboration with sound artist Joseph Young to investigate the links between ceramic and sound art practice. Since then they have developed their cross-disciplinary collaboration with Made in Korea and Interbeing.