Bluecoat Display Centre: A Sparkling Party

Kevin O'Dwyer. Photo by Minako Jackson


Independents-logo-150Bluecoat Display Centre: A Sparkling Party – 2 October – 13 November 2010
A touring exhibition of selected works in silver by Kevin O’Dwyer.
Review by Gayna Rose Madder

Kevin O’Dwyer’s first solo exhibition in over 10 years, ‘A Sparkling Party’, features a collection of outstanding jewellery, silverware and sculpture by an artist who is not afraid of combining bizarre and surreal imagery and shape with really quite mundane articles such as teapots and vases (‘vessels’.)

‘Sparkling Party’ features extravagant flourishes and forms which span any perceptible boundaries between art and craft. A pair of candlesticks with another, even more flamboyant centrepiece, are clearly functional but make a powerful statement, existing in and demanding their own space, and time to absorb their impact.

These works are sculptural, architectural and (although this is controversial) functional. A tiny teapot which would not pour a full cupful of tea carries much more than its own weight in a magnificent silver coil; and beautifully ostentatious fronds float upwards in the items featured here from the series ‘Below sea level’

This is a unique exhibition by a world-renowned artist, and very different to anything you are likely to see in the biennial: so please don’t be distracted by all the other wonderful work going on. This is well worth a visit!


Bluecoat Display Centre, College Lane L1. Opening times are 10 – 5.30 Mon – Sat & 12 – 5 Sun.
Call 0151 709 4014 or email

Artists Talk : Thursday 4 November – Kevin O’Dwyer will deliver the Bluecoat Display Centre’s Annual Gardner-Medwin Memorial Lecture at the Bluecoat, tickets are now on sale at £4.95 (£3.95 concessions)