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Art Discussion Group - Malta

114th Member Meeting


Neville Ferry


The 114th Art Discussion Group Meeting will be held on Thursday 17th October 2013 at 19.30hrs at MISCO OFFICE (first floor) in Fino Building in Notabile Road, Mriehel. For this meeting the Society is commemorating Neville Ferry (1945-2011) a ceramist and a sculptor. E. V. Borg will answer questions from the floor regarding the artist’s vision, concept, and career.

A large representative exhibition of his work took place at the Auberge d’Italie last year and our members and friends have an opportunity to remember this event through professional images shown on screen. Neville Ferry was a professional artist and teacher who made a name for himself with crafting unique pieces in stoneware inspired by primitive art, archaeology and African art. 



He loved modern art and indulged in bold sketches and assemblages made from found objects. His wife Rose Ferry will be present for the meeting. ADG invites its members, their friends and the general public to this cultural and artistic event.



The artist’s first love was archaeology. Over the years to his initial love Neville added mythology and auxiliary disciplines like psychology, anthropology, ethnography, sociology, comparative religion and religious history. And he must have realised the truth in Arthur Cotterell’s dictum that ‘Mythology possesses an intensity of meaning that is akin to poetry’.



The artist’s first love was archaeology. Over the years to his initial love Neville added mythology and auxiliary disciplines like psychology, anthropology, ethnography, sociology, comparative religion and religious history. And he must have realised the truth in Arthur Cotterell’s dictum that ‘Mythology possesses an intensity of meaning that is akin to poetry’.


In 1971 he was awarded a scholarship to study ceramics in the United Kingdom first attended Croydon College of Art where he followed a Foundation Course and a year later he moved to Loughborough College of Art and Design where he specialised in ceramics obtaining a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in the subject. 



On his return to Malta he taught the subject at different levels and also set up Spiral Pottery before migrating to England with his young family in 1986. In England he taught sculpture and ceramics at Bedford School, a public school, preparing students for Higher Education. 



Earlier on he also took adult evening classes. During this time he obtained a Diploma in Professional Studies in Education, specialising in Design Technology.



E. V. Borg

ADG Chairman