Ceramic Trophies - Camden Art Centre

North London Forensic Service with Shane Keeling

Through October and November 2022, Shane Keeling is collaborating with outpatients from North London Forensic Service to create Ceramic Trophies that celebrate our everyday achievements.

During the sessions, hosted in our ceramic studio, the group will learn hand-building and surface design techniques such as: pinching, coiling, slab building, newsprint resist, sgraffito and oxide mono-printing to design, build and decorate their own ceramic trophies.

Working together the group will create ceramic objects that recognize, communicate and celebrate our ‘wins’, big and small.

The Artist The North London Forensic Service

The Artist

Shane Keeling is a multidisciplinary artist who specialises in the making and breaking of ceramic vessels. Keeling is currently a technical manager, educator, and maker at The Kiln Rooms, Peckham. His work uses symbolism and humour to communicate stories.

Keeling is a member of the international collective ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, their aim is to bring the issue of men’s mental health into discussion within the creative industry. Keeling also runs a workshop entitled ‘BADBEASTS’ which is targeted at all-boys schools. ‘BADBEASTS’ explores the links between creativity and mental health, and aims to deconstruct the idealised version of masculinity instilled in young men by their peers.

The North London Forensic Service

The North London Forensic Service is a NHS tertiary forensic mental health service based at Chase Farm Hospital in the London Borough of Enfield, providing specialist services to the London Boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.

They provide care and treatment to people aged over 18 who have a primary diagnosis of mental illness or learning disability and who are liable to be detained under the Mental Health Act (1983). They also provide Community Services, offer specialist assessment, treatment and management of patients under the care of adult mental health or adult learning disability services, who have been discharged from secure services.