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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British Ceramics Biennial embraces the heritage of the Potteries as the home of British ceramics. We stimulate creativity and innovation across our programmes –…
Equality and Diversity
We recognise that there is an under-representation of diversity in the ceramics sector and acknowledge that as an organisation we share responsibility in addressing…
British Ceramics Biennial is run by a small but committed team of staff, freelancers and associate artists and, for the festival delivery, is a…
Patrons & trustees
The BCB is primarily supported by The Clay Foundation (TCF), a registered charity set up by a group of trustees and patrons. In February…
British Ceramics Biennial Staffordshire University Faculty of Arts Media and Design College Road Stoke-on-Trent ST4 2DE T: +44 (0)1782 294634 (Please note there is…
Job Vacancies BCB advertises all its employment opportunities – both salaried roles within the BCB team and commissioned or associate artist, usually freelance roles….
The Clay Foundation
The Clay Foundation (TCF) In February 2015, The Clay Foundation was established as a registered charity, with the express purpose to build on the…
British Ceramics Biennial makes a huge difference to Stoke-on-Trent, its residents, and to artists working in the field of ceramics. 60,000 people visited BCB…
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The Clay Foundation is a registered charity set up to deliver the British Ceramics Biennial and our year round programme of community, health and education work in Stoke-on-Trent. As a charity, we rely on your support to make a difference in Stoke-on-Trent. Support us to bring creativity and clay to more schools, community groups and health organisations across the city.