Drawing 2014 Nicholas Lees


Open studio with the artist Nicholas Lees

Officine Saffi is pleased to invite you on Thursday, June 30 at 6.30pm to the open studio with the artist Nicholas Lees.

Liquid : Solid, is the title of the artist's recent experiments on the boundaries of matter and the interaction between what is solid and material, and what is fluid and elusive. The starting point of his research is an investigation into how to represent physical and spatial edges, the shadows of matter. Lees developed this theme during his residency at Officine Saffi in Milan by examining boundaries and how they can be seen and felt through shadows, incorporating the idea of the uncertainty of materiality.


Nicholas works with wall relief panels, integrating his paper creations with those in ceramics. The embossed panels permit a wide freedom to experiment using ceramic forms (solid) and thick viscous glazes (liquid).

Nicholas Lees was awarded the Cersaie Award at the 59th Premio Faenza, the result of a collaboration between Officine Saffi and the Faenza International Museum of Ceramics.
The project this year at the second edition will end in September with Helene Kirchmair, winner ex aequo with Thomas Stollar for the Under 40 section.

With the Artist in Residence project, Officine Saffi presents itself as a centre for the promotion and diffusion of culture and of contemporary art production. It offers a chance to exchange knowledge involving guest artists and the entire community. The result of this osmosis will be the final project exhibited at the end of the residency programme in a dedicated exhibition at the Officine Saffi gallery. Through their residency, the guest artist has the opportunity to become a part of the surrounding environment and of local culture, interpreting and incorporating the new stimuli in the Officine Saffi medium of choice, ceramics.

Visitors to the event will also be able to enjoy an exhibition entitled "Officine Saffi hosts the 59th Premio Faenza".

Nicholas Lees
He is a graduate of University of Kent (BA), University of the West of England (BA) and University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (MA). His work has been exhibited widely in the UK and overseas and is held in private and public collections including York City Art Gallery, Westerwald Keramikmuseum in Germany and Royal Caribbean International. He has won several awards including the Premio Cersaie at the 59th Premio Faenza, (Italy) and the 3rd prize in 2003, the Desmond Preston Prize for Excellence in Drawing at the RCA in 2012 and the National Sculpture Award from the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool in 2010. He worked as a Senior Lecturer at Bath Spa University between 2000 and 2010 and as a Visiting Lecturer since 2010.
In 2012 he completed an MPhil by project at the Royal College of Art. The work from this project -‘Drawing and Fabrication’- was first exhibited at SHOW2012 at the RCA in June 2012.
He lives and works in Hampshire.

Event Information
Liquid : Solid I Open studio

Thursday, June 30 I 6.30 - 9pm

Officine Saffi
Opening hours: from Monday to Friday 10am - 6,30pm. Saturday 11am - 6pm.
Sunday by appointment
Free entrance

Public information

Tel.: +39 02 36 68 56 96

Francesca Salvatore
Tel.: +39 02 36 68 56 96

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Officine Saffi Gallery
Via Aurelio Saffi, 7
20123 – Milan, Italy

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Finissage: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 / 6 pm-9 pm
Free Entry

Tel.: +39 02 36 68 56 96

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Artists on show: Arcangelo, Silvia Celeste Calcagno, Nero/Alessandro Neretti, Nanni Valentini

Invito Finissage Artist In Residence Hi Res


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Claudia Casali - Direttore Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche di Faenza
Silvia Celeste Calcagno - Artista
Angela Madesani - Curatrice
Franco Marrocco - Direttore dell'Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera
Nero/Alessandro Neretti - Artista

Progetto Residenze d'Artista

Milano, Officine Saffi (Via A. Saffi, 7)
Martedì 3 novembre 2015, ore 18.30

Ingresso libero

Info per il pubblico
Tel.: +39 02 36 68 56 96



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All'interno dello spazio espositivo, sarà possibile ammirare le opere degli artisti che hanno interpretato con il loro estro creativo gli oggetti del rito del tè, e verrà proposta dal Chà Tea Atelier una degustazione di pregiati tè indiani e pakistani accompagnati da deliziosi biscotti preparati da Italian Friends of the Citizens Foundation appositamente per l’iniziativa.

Una occasione per conoscere come viene celebrato il rito del tè in Pakistan e per rendere questo momento .. più dolce.

Il ricavato della vendita dei biscotti da tè alla cannella verrà devoluto interamente a The Citizens Foundation.

"The first time you share tea with a Balti , you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family..." Balti proverb.

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