Twomey, C. 2004. Heirloom.

CreatorsTwomey, C.

A site-specific installation of more than 2000 pieces of cast porcelain domestic objects relating to the local history of domestic life in Swansea. Heirloom was a site-specific installation comprising more than 2000 cast porcelain domestic objects. These objects related to

the local history of domestic life in Swansea, where the Mission Gallery is situated. All the objects were collected from local

sources, making the narratives of the pieces of immediate relevance to the main visitors to the exhibition space.

Heirloom represents the culmination of a six year research project which has explored the narrative of the domestic object in

different ways and led to several public outputs. An earlier exploration of these ideas was seen in her 2003 show, Ephemeral

Objects, at Burton Gallery, Bideford.

As a result of Heirloom, the final gallery context for this research, Twomey was commissioned to make a major piece of public

art incorporating these ideas in the new building of Great Ormond Street Hospital in 2006. A five-storey high installation called

‘home’, this features life-size casts of toys and household objects, embedded into the plaster of the 25-meter high atrium walls,

to produce a work that reflects on fragility and permanence. Consultation with the user groups in the hospital furthered

Twomey’s research into audience participation and the perception of works of art. This work can be viewed at:


Heirloom was reviewed in Ceramic Review and Ceramic Art and Perception, which praised its challenge to the space in which it

was exhibited and the sensitive use of material that gave voice to the inherent narratives This project extended Twomey’s

practice of collecting material from the public and making a work in response to the continual feedback gained from the public in

all its developing stages.


Related outputs

Monument - The golden thread 2019
Twomey, C. 2019. Monument - The golden thread 2019. Zuiderzee Museum Enkhuisen Holland

100 Medals For The Future
Twomey, C. 2018. 100 Medals For The Future. The National Memorial Arboretum

Wuthering Heights - A Manuscript
Twomey, C. 2018. Wuthering Heights - A Manuscript. Bronte Parsonage Museum

Vase Silkborg
Twomey, C. 2018. Vase Silkborg . Asger Jorn Museum, Denmark

Factory: the seen and the unseen
Twomey, C. 2017. Factory: the seen and the unseen. Tate Modern

Time Present and Time Past
Twomey, C. 2016. Time Present and Time Past. The William Morris Gallery, London

Humanity Is In Our Hands
Twomey, C. 2016. Humanity Is In Our Hands. Westminster Bridge, London

Made in China
Twomey, C. 2011. Made in China. Westnorway Museum of Decorative Art

Collecting the edges
Twomey, C. 2011. Collecting the edges. Denver Art Museum

A dark day in paradise
Twomey, C. 2010. A dark day in paradise.

Clare Twomey: forever
Twomey, C. 2010. Clare Twomey: forever.

Twomey, C. 2009. Specimen. The Royal Academy of Arts, London

Twomey, C. 2008. Monument. MIMA

Think tank trophy
Twomey, C. 2007. Think tank trophy. Contemporary Applied Arts London

Contemporary clay
Twomey, C. 2007. Contemporary clay. in: Hanaor, C. (ed.) Breaking the mould: new approaches to ceramics London Black Dog.

Twomey, C. 2007. Blossom.

Twomey, C. 2006. Trophy.

Twomey, C. 2006. Temporary. Northern Clay Centre, Minneapolis, USA

Twomey, C. and Groom, S. 2004. Consciousness/concience. Tate Liverpool

Twomey, C. 2004. Consciousness/concience. in: Groom, S. (ed.) A secret history of clay: from Gauguin to Gormley Liverpool, UK Tate Liverpool in association with Tate Publishing.

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