An exploration of collaborative ceramic and sound art practice in Britain and China

In 2021 we are proud to host INTERBEING – No Interdependent Origins in the atmospheric Quex House. Talks about this project began in 2019, far before the pandemic which has brought many challenges our way. Originally planned to be a residence at Quex House, we expected to welcome the artists to experience the collection and draw inspiration collaboratively, in person. Sadly, due to ongoing travel restrictions and uncertainty around international travel, the Hong Kong-based artists are unable to travel to the UK and have had to work remotely. However, the show must go on and we are pleased to say that the ceramic works have been created and are being shipped to the UK to go on display for the public to enjoy. The local sound artists will be present during the two exhibition open days, as will event producers from The Ceramic House.

More information about this project can be found on The Ceramic House website

The Powell-Cotton Museum Team would like to thank Kay and Joseph from The Ceramic House in Brighton for including us in this very special and meaningful project with aligns perfectly with our ‘Reimagining Programme’

The INTERBEING artists and curators

Hong Kong Based

Lau Yat Wai is a ceramic artist from Hong Kong. Lau is interested in the attachment of memory to objects. His work investigates personal recollections.

Annie Wan is an award-winning ceramic artist and Associate Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. She uses ceramic moulding as a creative means to capture the form of everyday objects in ceramic. Subjects for reproduction range from disposable plastic cups to a pair of reverent praying hands, from an old street sign from Wanchai to a sunlit corner building in Denmark.

UK Based

Dan Thompson is an award-winning social artist, writer, and speaker living in Margate. His work is about ordinary people, everyday life, and overlooked places, and the stories that connect them. He is interested in the creation of social capital, in activating abandoned or underused spaces, and in DIY approaches to art, culture and social action.

Emily Peasgood is a composer, sound artist and visual artist. Her work aims to transform how we perceive our environment by creating invitations to connect with people and places that are forgotten, overlooked, or surrounded by histories that can be remembered and celebrated through sound and music.

The Ceramic House

Kay Aplin is an architectural ceramist and creates site-specific commissions for the public realm and large-scale tiled installations. In 2011, Kay initiated the award-winning project The Ceramic House, a project space and living showcase of her work. Since 2016, The Ceramic House focus has turned to collaborative ceramic and sound art practice with an ongoing international residency and exhibition programme, in partnership with sound artist Joseph Young.

Joseph Young is an artist and curator working across sound art, performance, film and installation. Several of his pieces have been acquired for museum collections in the UK and his work has been performed and exhibited internationally in Berlin, London, New York and Seoul.


Lau Yat Wai

Ceramic Artist

Instagram: @lau_yat_wai

Emily Peasgood

Composer, Sound Artist and Visual Artist

Instagram @empeasgood

Dan Thompson

Social artist, writer and speaker

Instagram @danthompson33

Annie Wan

Ceramic artist and Associate Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University

Instagram @anniewanlk

Kay Aplin & Joseph Young

Interbeing is curated by Kay Aplin and Joseph Young and produced by The Ceramic House.

Instagram @the_ceramic_house


INTERBEING Experience Days

Visit for the family experience day on Tuesday 24th August as part of our Gardens Open Days or, join the Artist Experience Day on Friday 27th August

Heritage Open Day

Join us on Sunday 19th September for full access to the Museum, House and Gardens

Museum Open Days

Experience Interbeing during our Museum Open Days from Tuesday 14th - Friday 17th September