ART & IDENTITY: EXPLORING LGBTQ+ HISTORY

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery includes Cooper jug form in new LGBTQ+ history online blog.


A jug form by Emmanuel Cooper has been included in a recently published blog from Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery which explores LGBTQ+ history through items in its collections.


The blog - Art & Identity - describes how Emmanuel Cooper combined his work as a potter, teacher and writer with a lifelong political activism which found expression in his involvement with the Gay Left collective and in his ground breaking book - The Sexual Perspective - first published in 1986 with a new expanded edition in 1994.


The small stoneware jug form with its richly textured volcanic glaze was made sometime in the 1990s.

Other artists discussed in the blog include C.R. Ashbee, Katherine Pleydell-Bouverie, Cedric Morris, Charles Ricketts, Marie Laurencin, Maggi Hambling, Lucian Freud and Aliza Nisenbaum.


Click here to read the blog.


To celebrate this initiative, Francesca Vanke, the Senior Curator of Norwich Museums, was interviewed on BBC Radio Norfolk’s Breakfast Show where she spoke about the stoneware jug and reflected on the significance of Emmanuel Cooper as a potter, writer, teacher and LGBTQ activist.


The programme is available to listen to here on BBC Sounds and the interview is approximately 3 hours and 49 minutes into the show.