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Will Martin

London, England

Will Martin started making ceramics at age 8 in Cape Town, South Africa. At 16 he was offered a 5 year ceramic apprenticeship, which he completed alongside his Art History, Anthropology and English Lit. degree at the University of Cape Town.

 

At 21 he was one of 100 South African artists exhibited at the Spier Contemporary Biennale. That same year Martin was selected as an Emerging Creative at the Design Indaba, and he was invited to have a solo show of ceramics in Soho, New York by Caroll Boyes. Before coming to London he co-curated Swallow My Pride, a critically acclaimed exhibition of contemporary queer art at Blank Projects.

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In 2011 Martin moved to London to complete his M.Litt. in Modern and Contemporary Art History through Christie’s Education. After his degree, he co-founded Slate Projects, worked at London’s first open access ceramics start up Turning Earth, and designed ceramic bar-ware for cocktail competitions. In 2015 he completed a year long residency at The Florence Trust. He was subsequently invited to do a site-specific response at the Trust’s listed Arts and Crafts style church.

In 2017 He added sewing to his skill set and started including textile components in his installations. In 2018 he realised the immersive, hand-made environment, Liam, a three-month solo show at The Smallest Gallery in Soho.


In  2019 Martin was commissioned by Open Space to create a participatory installation as part of their annual program of events. His artwork Dependence was selected to be part of Foreign Trade; a celebration of queer migration in Liverpool, supported by the Arts Council. It then went on to be shortlisted for the 10th Anniversary Young Masters Art Prize 2019. 2020 saw Dependence being display at Queer Art(ists) Now, an annual survey show held in East London.

Martin is currently teaching and making new work at Studio Pottery London.

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