Lily German is an artist based in London. Her work explores the shared fragilities and tactility of wet clay, ceramic and the voice.

Drawing from memories of mud walks along the Thames riverbed, German solidifies passing, palpable, bodily moments and movements into her work; hands push in, fingers break through the clay’s cold flesh. Each mark made remains, becomes preserved in ceramic form.

Pressing at the limits of material, German’s sculptures hold within them the anticipation of their own breaking. Made to lean, to slump — resting close and in precarious positions — they wait. In performance, breath interjects, builds upon their posture. Like clay, the voice breaks, is vulnerable if not supported. At times guttural and other times soft, whispering, German uses elements of the sung and spoken to communicate emotion and physicality.

Across German’s practice, material, objects, breath are given support, only to a point: ever present in the work is a sense of control that German holds over their potential collapse.



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I live and work in London, splitting my time between making in the studio and working as an Artist Educator. In addition to freelance work for many different institutions, current teaching includes leading Clay at The Ringway, Grove Park and working as an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, running a community engagement programme for schools alongside BA Fine Art and BA Fine Art & History of Art students. Continuing research projects and teaching include working with Grove Park Community Group, Crossness Engines Trust and delivering freelance creative workshops



2020 Artist in Residence, Art Kids Digital, July 2020. 

2016 – 2018 Artist in Residence at Colfe’s School, London. 

Selected Shows

2018 Relics: a solo exhibition of sculpture and drawing at Colfe’s School, London.
2018 Residency Interim Exhibition at Colfe’s School, London.
2017 Bend, Lean, Slump: a solo exhibition of clay forms at Colfe’s School, London.
2017 Residency Interim Exhibition at Colfe’s School, London.
2016 Climbed out the window, 43 Lewisham Way, London.


2022 We Lifted the Earth, an exhibition with Alice Hartley and Sebastian Sochan at Gerald Moore Gallery, London.

2021 Back to Back: Sophie Vallance Cantor and Lily German at Bowes-Parris Gallery, London.

2020 Losing Touch, an exhibition with Alice Hartley and Sebastian Sochan at Gerald Moore Gallery, London.

2019 matter(ing), an exhibition with Abigail Brothers and Sebastian Sochan at Platform Southwark, London.
2018 Gentle Bodies, Perception (2021 Concerts) at APT Gallery, London.
2017 Performance Auction at New Shoreditch Theatre, London.
2017 Dilbings, 48 Poland Street Soho, London.
2017 PerformanceClub Cabaret (Art Licks Weekend) at Livesey Exchange, London.
2017 S I N K, an exhibition with Hannah Wilson at Safehouse 1, Maverick Projects, London.
2016 Goldsmiths BA Fine Art Degree Show 2016 / Goldsmiths, University of London.

Collaborative workshops and walks

2018  ‘Fleshing Board’ workshop in collaboration with Louise Ashcroft for Deptford X.

2018  Artist-led walk to Crossness Pumping Station with Chris Waite. In collaboration with Crossness Engines Trust and Totally Thames 2018. Photography by Rosie Lonsdale.


2020 Time, Space, Money – A/N The Artists Information Company 


BA Fine Art, Goldsmiths, University of London, 2013-16 (First Class)

Foundation Art & Design, University of the Creative Arts (Farnham), 2012-13


Procrastinarting, Interview, March 2021

The Artists Contemporary Podcast, February 2021

NONDUAL presents: Lily German


Employment CV on request, please contact by email.