Ferrin Gallery in Wales 2012


Located opposite Ruthin Craft Centre’s booth at SOFA New York, 2012 was a dynamic display from Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield MA. Ferrin Gallery was established in 1979 by 3 artists including Leslie Ferrin and is nationally known as a contemporary gallery specialising in figural sculpture and studio ceramics.

In addition to the Ferrin Gallery booth, the 15th Anniversary of SOFA New York saw Ferrin Gallery in partnership with Sienna Gallery, presenting a preview installation of the ongoing project COVET.

Molly Hatch
COVET curated by Ferrin Gallery & Sienna Gallery

Inspired by conversations between Museum of Fine Arts Boston curator, Emily Zilber and designer/artist Molly Hatch and Chris Antemann, COVET is an ongoing series of projects by contemporary artists inspired by museum collections and conversations about content, context, social history and patronage. Curated by Leslie Ferrin and Sienna Patti, the preview of COVET at SOFA New York, April 2012 included design, sculpture, ceramic, painting, photography, print and works on paper.

‘one of the strongest trends in contemporary art today is the reinterpretation of history as presented through modern ideas. Through the COVET project, we are pleased to offer our exhibition and public programs as an opportunity to inspire the creation of new artwork whilst simultaneously forging new relationships between museum curators and contemporary artists’.
– Leslie Ferrin

Following SOFA, New York, Leslie Ferrin has been invited by Mission Gallery, Swansea on a research visit to Wales during 25th November – 30th November as part of the Wales Arts International initiative, ‘Wales Curatorial Visits 2012 – Opening Gallery Doors to the World’. Mission Gallery are looking forward to building upon the research done at New York and have proposed a broad programme across Wales, using the fantastic resources and strong network of Applied Arts venues. There is a focus on Leslie Ferrin meeting ceramicist and Creative Wales Ambassador, Claire Curneen and Fireworks Clay Studios, other visits range from individual artist studio visits, to collectives, as well as exhibition, museum and gallery visits; ensuring that the wealth of visual and applied art across Wales is promoted.


The projects in COVET range from updates of subject or content; the recreation of an object using new technology; conceptual installations or “interventions” produced as collaborations with museums. Artists are currently engaged with curators and collections at multiple venues including Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA; the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; the High Museum, Atlanta, GA; and Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA.


About missiongallery

Mission Gallery is one of Wales’ most dynamic visual art spaces; with exhibition space, craft space, learning resources, events, residency opportunities and more. If you want to immerse yourself in exhibitions that push the boundaries of visual art, buy cutting edge design and contemporary craft, or want to engage in friendly conversation with art led individuals, just visit Mission Gallery; it’s free and there’s always something new to experience. The exhibition space has a continuously changing programme, which is both ambitious and distinctive. Mission Gallery consistently supports young, emerging artists across the Visual and Applied Arts in Wales and the UK. Based on this ethos Mission Gallery has a national reputation for nurturing development, taking risks and giving unknown artists their first exhibition. Allowing talent to flourish and instigating the successful careers of individuals working within the contemporary arts. Based in Swansea’s vibrant maritime quarter, surrounded by other cultural destinations, Mission Gallery is easy to access and in a great location for a good day out. The gallery seamlessly provides raw creative energy, an exceptional place to shop for every price range, and a commitment to learning, ensuring every age group is welcome. It’s a successful venue; growing international reputation. With a dedicated following of artists and individuals getting involved through volunteering, there is so much more to Mission Gallery than meets the eye. For more information visit the website or follow the blog for fresh ideas on why everyone seems to love Mission Gallery.
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