The British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) launched in 2009 with a festival celebrating and showcasing contemporary ceramics from across the world.  Set in Stoke-on-Trent, the heart of the UK ceramics industry, the festival takes place in established venues and non-traditional spaces across the city. BCB has returned every two years since, with the latest, its seventh iteration, in 2021.

Over the years BCB – in addition to the festival – has built up a programme of projects of artists’ residencies, fellowships, commissions, education, health and community projects running year-round. These programmes enhance, complement and form part of the festival.

BCB is intended to be a catalyst for regeneration in the region and to create a platform for innovation and excellence celebrating the best in current ceramic practices, both nationally and internationally.

We work in partnership with organisations and individuals in the museums, cultural, industry, business, education, community and voluntary sectors across the city in the development and delivery of projects with a particular focus on public engagement.


British Ceramics Biennial is kindly funded by Arts Council England, Staffordshire University and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.



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