17 Sept –12 February 2006
BHP Community Trust Gallery
This Artist in focus exhibition showcased the Wembley Ware range of “fancy ware” produced between 1945 to 1961 by HL Brisbane and Wunderlich Ltd/Bristile. The Wembley Ware range typified the spirit of post-war buoyancy in WA during the 1950s; creating wares specifically for a local market. The majority of the works were decorative rather than functional, and exploited highly coloured glazes and overtly Australian content in their design.
The exhibition traced the history of the production of Wembley Ware, and located it within the wider history of ceramic production on the Subiaco site. It utilised holdings of this material in the State Art Collection, alongside items lent from local collectors. The display of the material was not chronological, but rather objects were grouped according to themes, enabling both the evocation and critical exploration of the nostalgia and sentiment constructed by many of the objects. This was the first retrospective exhibition of this material.