Theatrical ceramic-based installation shakes up tradition at Tramway, Scotland

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran has changed the face of ceramics in Australia; now he is bringing his vision to Scotland.
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran. Photo of man in red pants with long hair in exhibition.

A next generation of ceramicists have been riding a wave now for some time, shifting up stiff material traditions with a grungy flair. Leading that movement in Australia has been Sri Lankan-born artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran. A major solo exhibition of his work opened this week at Scotland’s largest international contemporary art space, Tramway, Glasgow. 

Titled Idols of Mud and Water, it is Nithiyendran’s first institutional solo exhibition in the UK and Europe, and his most significant international commission to date, occupying the Tramway’s 1200-square metre T2 gallery.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina