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The British contemporary artist reframes one of the world’s most significant assemblages of post-war studio pottery.

Librarian and lifetime Wakefield resident, William Albert Ismay covered all the available surfaces of his small terraced house with an extraordinary collection of 3,600 ceramics.

From 1955 he began to collect works by prominent makers such as Hans Coper and Shoji Hamada, as well as items crafted by local Yorkshire potters, Barbara Cass and Joan Hotchins.

Using the architectural footprint of Ismay's house, contemporary artist Matthew Darbyshire combines examples of the collector's domestic furniture with modern-day white goods to reframe the pottery archive.

In doing so, the installation raises questions on issues of taste, fashion, availability and value in today's consumer society.

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