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Edmund de Waal

Designer

Biography

Artist and writer Edmund de Waal makes his Royal Ballet debut in the 2017/18 Season designing Wayne McGregor’s new ballet, part of international celebrations of the Leonard Bernstein centenary.

De Waal is best known for his large-scale installations of porcelain vessels, which are informed by his passion for architecture, space and sound. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Royal Academy, London, Gagosian Gallery, New York, and National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff. His work is in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the University of Cambridge and Chatsworth House, Derbyshire. He has also been widely published. His family memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes won many literary prizes, including the Royal Society of Literature’s Ondaatje Prize and the Costa Biography Award, and has been translated into 29 languages. Other books include The White Road, The Pot Book, 20th-century Ceramics and a critical study on Bernard Leach.

De Waal was made an OBE for his services to art in 2011. In 2015 he was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction by Yale University. He is a Senior Fellow of the Royal College Art and Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in addition to his numerous honorary doctorates. He has been on the Advisory Committee for The Royal Mint since 2012 and is currently a Trustee for The Saturday Club Trust and the Victoria and Albert Museum.