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Part of London Craft Week 2019

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9 May, 2019, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

£11 - £13

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My Desk, Christie Brown

What really goes into making a work of art? 

As part of London Craft Week 2019, the Freud Museum will be inviting artists Christie Brown and Barnaby Barford to explore the creative process in the production of their work, chaired by psychoanalyst Lesley Caldwell.

Both artists have formerly exhibited their work at the Freud Museum. Christie Brown’s solo exhibition in 2012-2013 entitled DreamWork was comprised of ceramic figures that responded to Sigmund Freud’s own collection of antiquities. Barnaby Barford contributed to a major in-house exhibition in 2018, Leaving Today: the Freuds in Exile 1938, where he produced a series of artworks with young survivors living in exile in London.

London Craft Week (8-12 May 2019) is an annual event that showcases exceptional craftsmanship through a journey-of-discovery programme featuring hidden workshops and unknown makers alongside celebrated masters, famous studios, galleries, shops and luxury brands.

The Freud Museum’s participation aims to offer an interesting and unique contribution to the London Craft Week agenda, demonstrating the application of psychoanalysis to artistic creation. The Museum has an impressive repertoire of site-responsive exhibitions held in its unique space throughout its 33-year history.


Lesley Caldwell is an Honorary Professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at UCL. She is a psychoanalyst of the BPA and a guest member of the BPAS, in private practice in London. With Helen Taylor Robinson she is joint general editor of the Collected Works of Donald Winnicott (OUP, 2016). She has a long-standing interest in Psychoanalysis and the Arts and her latest publication is Rome: Modernity, Post-Modernity and Beyond (Legenda 2018).

Christie Brown is an artist and Emerita Professor of Ceramics at the University of Westminster, London where she helped to establish the Ceramics Research Centre UK.  She graduated from Harrow School of Art in 1982 and set up her studio in north London. Her figurative ceramic work is informed by myths of origin and metamorphoses, the fragmented narratives associated with museum collections, and the parallel between archaeology and psychoanalysis. Her most recent exhibition was at the V&A Museum of Childhood in Dream On, which focussed on the dreams of children. Past exhibitions include DreamWork at the Freud Museum 2012-3. She is represented by Messums Gallery and her work is featured in several private and public collections in Europe and the USA.

Barnaby Barford’s work explores the fundamental questions driving human nature in terms of our hopes, dreams and aspirations, our fears, frailties and failures, of what drives us to constantly want more, and society’s incessant need for growth. Working with words, he makes sculptures and drawings that explore who we are and why we are like this. Barford has been Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins since 2004. He is represented by David Gill Gallery in London and his work has been exhibited internationally with solo shows across Europe and the US, including a survey exhibition at MoCA Virginia (2013).


9 May, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
£11 - £13
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Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
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