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About Me

MPhil Student

Education History (Details)

Qualification Attachments
Ceramics, with Distinction (MA) at Royal College of Art
2007 - 2009
Ceramics, First Class (BA Hons) at University of Westminster
2005 - 2006
Fine and Applied Arts, Distinction (Dip HE) at London Metropolitan University
2003 - 2005
Translation and Linguistics (MA) at University of Westminster
1997 - 1999
Modern Iberian and Latin American Studies (BA Hons) at University College London
1985 - 1989

Awards (Details)

2008  First prize, Ceramics & Glass, Charlotte Fraser Prize

Selected Exhibitions (Details)

2012 - Tradition and Innovation, Contemporary Applied Arts, London

2011 - The Emblem of My Work, Laurence Sterne Trust, Shandy Hall, Yorkshire

2010 - New Knowledge, Royal College of Art.

2009 - A Place at the table, Wallspace, London.

2009 - Milestone, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London

2009 RCA Show, Royal College of Art, London.

2009 - Off the Wall, London.

2009 - Why? Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art.

2009 - Diverse Practices, Barrett Marsden Gallery, London

2008 - Reflection, Sir John Soane Museum, London

2007 - Dispense, Kingsgate Gallery, London

2006 - New Designers Selection, The Old Trumans Brewery, London

2005 - DKNY, New Designers Selction, DKNY, London

Selection of Writing and Publications (Details)

Alison Britton Essay


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Translating Practices

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Einfall Essay


5MB | Thursday, 15 October 2009 | Details

Diverse Practices - Exhibition Catalogue


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Dispense - Exhibtition Catalogue

B Connolly A5 (CMYK).web.pdf

724.8KB | Friday, 11 February 2011 | Details

New Designers Selection

nd selection pull out-1.pdf

531KB | Thursday, 15 October 2009 | Details

A Place at the Table (installation shot) (Details)

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Give and Take (detail) (Details)

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The Route (Details)

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Spectrum (Details)

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Elizabeth Soane - Haunting (Details)

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Sustain (Details)

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Spoons (Details)

Talks and Workshops (Details)

2012 Translating: Pairing Practices -  Centre for Creative Collaboration, 23rd June.

A day of Workshops and Discussions on the relationship of studio practice to writing at research level.

Convened by Brigit Connollyt & Harriet Edwards and Held at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, London. 

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2012 Poiesis, Praxis & Techne -  Royal College of Art, 9, 14 & 29th May.

A series of seminars discussing the evolution of these concepts and their relevance to artistic practice.

Convened by Brigit Connolly & Dionea Rocha Watt at the Royal College of Art:

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2012 Ceramics on Screen -  Contemporary Applied Arts, 28 May

A screening of 3 short films followed by a discussion with the artists chaired by the show's curator Tessa Peters.

Brigit Connolly's 'Host', Sylvain Thirouin's 'Sound in Clay' & Philip Lee's 'Body Body Clay Pane'.

2011 Dialogues in Design: Copy-Repeat

A discussion of Borges ideas on translation in relation to the copy.

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2011 The Onion Discussions (Translation)

Sculpture Dept, Royal College of Art, London

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2010 (RE)SEARCH - Creative Conversations

A series of workshops and discussions running alongside the ‘Research RCA: New Knowledge’ exhibition.

Convened by Brigit Connolly, Andrew Vallance, Eszter Steirhoffer & Jack Tan

Area of Research (Details)

Translating Practices:  Abstract


Within or between languages human communication is synonymous with translation. As such the theory and practice of translation discusses the relationship of thought to its expression. By extension, I suggest that a study of the way languages are mediated and transformed in the process of translation could be used to examine the nature of the relationship between the object and the word. For example, notions of imperfect transmission, of translation between thought, image and word and the borderlands where they touch are integral to artistic practice and to the theory and practice of translation.  It is commonly held that there is a form of gap or loss between the realm of language and that of the object and that the relationship between these two realms is governed by aporia, or that which fails to pass through.


My research starts from an examination of Modern and Post Modern thinking on language, translation and representation in the work of figures such as: Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Ezra Pound, Jorge Luis Borges, Haroldo de Campos, Rolond Barthes and Jacques Derrida. It suggests that translation is inherent to the modernist project and through a series of case studies which pair the translation methods of prominent 20th century thinkers and translators: Ezra Pound, Jorge Luis Borges, Walter Benjamin and Haroldo de Campos, with selected artistic practices it proposes another way of exploring the relationship between the ‘sayable’ and the ‘seeable’ which exposes method, or makes the translator visible. In view of this I then reconsider contemporary critique and writing within the Applied Arts. This approach is not logocentric, but questions the primacy of the written word in relation to the interpretation of the object and reconsiders the role of theory with respect to the way the object is read by the writer, critic and theorist. 


The boundaries that traditionally separated Design, the Applied and Fine Arts are no longer as rigid, nor as clearly defined. These borders have become permeable and the current situation is characterized by hybridity and mutation. Habitual distinctions can no longer be so easily applied. For example, the Applied Arts have ceased to be concerned exclusively with issues relating to the use of the object and many Fine Artists work within fields traditionally defined as Applied Arts or Craft and vice versa. Translation, as a way of negotiating movement between languages and as a way of theorizing mutation and loss, could provide an approach to writing and critique that responds to the Applied Art object, rather than impose an alien construct upon it.



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The Route (Details)

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Reduced Spectrum (Details)

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Elizabeth Soane - Haunting (Details)

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Trace Elements (Details)

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