Lily German

Staff details

Position Teaching Fellow
Department Art
Email l.german (
Lily German

Lily German is an Artist making sculpture, writing and performance that explores the shared fragilities and tactility of wet clay, ceramics, and the human voice.

Lily 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, Lily’s sculptures hold within them the anticipation of their own breaking. Like clay, the voice breaks, is vulnerable if not supported. At times guttural and other times soft, whispering, German uses sung and spoken elements to communicate emotion and physicality. Both the untrained and trained voice are used to speak to the human experience of grief and loss.

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Fine Art (First Class), Goldsmiths, University of London 2016

Publications and research outputs


German, L. 2019. Was it for this the clay grew tall?. In: "Was it for this the clay grew tall?", Platform Southwark, United Kingdom, 7 February 2019.

German, L. 2018. Gentle Bodies. In: "Gentle Bodies", APT Gallery, United Kingdom, 6 May 2018.

German, L. 2017. So the teardrops of my weeping. In: "So the teardrops of my weeping", Red Gallery X New Shoreditch Theatre, United Kingdom, 8 November 2017.


German, L; Hartley, A and Sochan, S. 2021. We Lifted the Earth. In: "We lifted the earth", Gerald Moore Gallery, United Kingdom, 8 October - 11 December 2021.

German, L; Hartley, A and Sochan, S. 2020. Losing Touch. In: "Losing Touch", Gerald Moore Gallery, United Kingdom, 14 November 2020 - 30 January 2021.

German, L; Brothers, A and Sochan, S. 2019. Matter(ing). In: "Matter(ing)", Platform Southwark, United Kingdom, 8-24 February 2019.

German, L; Librizzi, P; Narby, W and Steel, A. 2017. Dilbings. In: "Dilbings", 48 Poland Street, United Kingdom, 18-20 October 2017.

German, L and Wilson, H. 2017. S I N K. In: "S I N K", Safehouse 1, Maverick Projects, United Kingdom, 13-16 July 2017.

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