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Curating an exhibition is an attempt to construct a narrative that, hopefully, illuminates and offers useful context to the work of an artist, or a group of artists; to an issue or history. I’ve found the role fascinating but in many ways extremely challenging.
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Selector for The Makers Eye: Crafts Council: 1981

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Commissioned portrait of Cooper taken by Phil Sayer for the exhibition.


Emmanuel Cooper’s selections included a Triumph Bonneville motorbike; a pot by Hans Coper and a banner by John Dugger for The Clash. This image was  taken by Red Saunders and commissioned by The Sunday Times.

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Flyer for 'The Maker's Eye' - the Crafts Council exhibition was held at the Crafts Council Gallery from 13 January to 28 March 1982.

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Selector for CPA 25th anniversary exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, 1983

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Curator for Geoffrey Whiting retrospective, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 1989

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Curator for Bringing it All Home: Art Made by Communities in Wales from 1790 to present day
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 1992

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Curator for On The Edge: Art Meets Craft, Kettle’s Yard/Aberystwyth Arts Centre, 1992/1993

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Curator for The People’s Art, Angel Row Gallery and national tour, 1994

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Curator of David Lloyd Jones retrospective, York City Art Gallery, 1996.

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Curator for [Un]Limited,

Crafts Council, 1999

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Curator for Bernard Leach and Mark Tobey,

Tate St Ives, 2001

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Emmanuel Cooper at the opening of Concept and Form: Bernard Leach, which he curated for Penlee House Gallery & Museum, 2002. National tour

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Curator for Bernard Leach and the Leach Pottery, Tate St Ives, 2004

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Curator for Bernard Leach: Come to the Edge, Tate St Ives, 2005

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Curator for Table Manners, Crafts Council, 2005. National tour.

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Selector/Editor for The Pot, the Vessel, the Object: Ceramic Review Publishing, 2007


Curator for exhibition to mark the re-opening of Leach Pottery, St Ives, 2008

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Curator for Lucie Rie,

Tate St Ives, 2009

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