It all began in Gulgong, Australia, in 2010
An invitation to enter the Matchbox Show collection was extended to delegates attending the 'Clay Energy' conference. They were invited to make a ceramic artwork that fitted inside a matchbox. The response and enthusiasm was overwhelming, and yielded 150 matchboxes to begin the collection.
About the Matchbox Show
Curator, Michael Ciavarella relates the collection to the old adage ‘from little things, big things grow’, and what started as one solitary matchbox, will grow into a dramatic visual spectacle as ceramicists from around the world add their creations to the collection.
The aim of the show is to grow it into a substantial international travelling exhibition of 5000 matchbox artworks, contributed by 5000 visual and ceramic artists.
The quirky nature of this collection holds appeal on many levels, from the all-familiar repetition of a matchbox, to the narratives and expressions held within. It is an innovative collective project which showcases artists across genres, and intrigues, puzzles and amazes art lovers everywhere.
Through workshops held in the lead-up to most exhibitions, art students will develop their skills and understanding of ceramics and the processes involved while making a matchbox artwork to contribute to the collection. Such an opportunity presents unparalleled benefits in terms of exposure to art buyers and audiences, both nationally and internationally.
To express your interest in hosting the Matchbox Show exhibition or workshops, please contact us.