Image: Paul Plews.
‘When I think about it, I don’t half collect some sh*t’ – Nan.
Connor Coulston (B.1992, Oldham, UK) is a ceramic artist with a fascination for the kitsch objects and ornaments that normally collect in our Nan’s homes. Whether it be through a giant gummy bear adorned with Spice Girls lyrics or a reinterpretation of a ceramic poodle bearing witness to his relationship with his mother, Connor’s contemporary ‘granny kitsch’ ornaments aim to entertain and arouse both excitement and nostalgia in his viewer.
Coulston’s seemingly fun and lighthearted work acts as a preface to lull his audience into a false sense of security with each object tackling much darker issues, from child poverty to sexuality and social status to class and identity. Autobiographical references can be seen throughout his work, with each piece offering an insight into an element of Coulston personality; commenting on his Nan’s love for Nigel Farage and UKIP as well as his mother’s depression. Working with a variety of media Coulston creates immersive installations of intricately crafted ceramic and glass objects. By pairing these with found objects the viewer is encouraged to question ideas of value and explore the concept of legacy. After all, what was once a cherished ornament, with pride of place in someone's home can easily end up in the bargain bin in the local charity shop.
B. 1992, Oldham, Greater Manchester
Currently lives and works in London, UK.
2015 - 2017 / Royal College of Art – MA
2012 -2015 / University of Brighton – BA
2011 – 2012 / Manchester Metropolitan University - Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Distinction)
30th September - 5th October - Young Masters Art Prize, La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, St Jame’s, London. UK.
2019 / John Ruskin Art Prize, Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK.
2019 / ‘Me, My Nan and Oldham’ Sky Art 50, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK.
2018 - 19 / ‘Seeing things, Seeing you, Hun xoxox’, Royal Over-Sea's League, London. UK. / 29th August 2018 - NOW / 5 Park Place, St Jame's, London, SW1A 1LR
2017 / Recent Graduates Exhibition, Affordable Art Fair, London. UK.
2017 / RCA SHOW 2017, London. UK.
2017 / St Helena’s Trust Ceramic Competition, Richmond, London. UK.
2017 / Sarah Griffin Selects Royal College of Art Students, London Craft Week, London. UK.
2017 / The Emerging and the Established, Christies Auction House, South Kensington, London. UK.
2017 / RCA Work in Progress Show, London. UK.
2016 / Garden of Delights, RCA, London. UK.
2015 / New Designers, Part 2, London. UK.
2015 / University of Brighton 2015 Degree Show, Brighton. UK.
2014 / Group show, Royal Pavilion, Brighton. UK.
2012 / MMU SHOW 2012, Manchester. UK.
SHORTLISTED - Young Masters Art Prize, London. UK. 2019
SHORTLISTED - John Ruskin Art Prize, Holden Gallery, Manchester, UK. 2019
The People’s Choice Award – St Helena’s Trust Ceramic Competition. 2017
Highly Commended – Royal Over-Sea’s League Trophy Competition. 2017
JUNE 19 - Art 50 - The British: Class, ‘Me, my Nan and Oldham’
MAR 19 - Sky Arts - Sky Art Art 50: A picture of Britain, ‘Me, my Nan and Oldham’
MAR 19 - From Oldham with Love - Overseas Magazine.
FEB 19 - Sky News - Speaking about my artwork and Oldham.
OCT 17 - Body politics: four up-and-coming artists exploring feminism and gender - Evening Standard, Homes and Property.
JULY 17 - RCA Degree Show - Emerging Potters Magazine.