Stephen Dixon & Paul Scott

4 March – 30 April 2022

Part of Celebrating Craft


The Bdc welcome this unique opportunity to curate and host an exhibition dedicated to work by Stephen Dixon and Paul Scott, both well known for their research and work in printed ceramic as well as political and social commentary. Both artists are internationally renowned and have worked in Manchester and in Cumbria for much of their professional careers.

All work featured will be available for sale in the gallery and online.

Images: Maiolica & Migration series, plate details, by Stephen Dixon (Header & Above, Right); Cumbrian Blue(s): Cuttings, Souvenirs and Borderlines by Paul Scott (Above, Left); and Wild Rose Cutting by Paul Scott (Below)

Perhaps surprisingly, this is the first opportunity I have had to show a large group of pieces alongside Paul Scott’s work, and I expect the exhibition to highlight our shared obsessions with printed ceramics and socio-political narrative.

– Stephen Dixon

A series of artworks in the exhibition question the narrow (sometimes fictional) histories of original printed wares. They examine issues surrounding globalization, climate chaos, immigration and racism. A number will resonate with Steve Dixon’s Maiolica & Migration tin-glazed forms in a visual conversation examining the perilous state of those seeking a better life, fleeing war and conflict.

Remarkably, given our shared histories and interests, our excavations in closely related historical/material seams, this is the first time that Steve and I have shown our works together. I’m looking forward to the connections and conversations that the artworks generate alongside each other…

– Paul Scott

We are delighted that Stephen Dixon & Paul Scott’s joint exhibition is part of the Crafts Council’s Make! Craft! Live! – a year-long programme of nationwide exhibitions, learning events, fairs, and digital activities that celebrates the value of craft to empower, enrich and connect our society, and which marks the Crafts Council’s 50th Anniversary.

Bluecoat Display Centre is partnering with the Walker Art Gallery on ‘Past Present Future: Celebrating Craft’ – a series of curated, selling displays highlighting the diverse, emerging and established makers working in studios across the North West. From January – May 2022, we will present displays across our venues featuring work by makers including Jacob Chan, Halima Cassell, Stephen Dixon, David & Margaret Frith, Hugh Miller, Francisca Onumah, Attila Olah, Verity Pulford, Emma Rodgers, and Paul Scott.