Fresh 2021 – Call for Artists

British Ceramics Biennial are delighted to announce applications for Fresh 2021 are now open.


What is Fresh?

The Fresh exhibition celebrates and promotes emerging talent in contemporary British ceramics. Fresh 2021 will provide a new platform for artists to inspire and challenge, bringing focus to the rich and diverse learning opportunities, which are shaping ceramics today.

Fresh is an exhibition that platforms a cross-section of emerging talent, celebrating artistic discovery, which shows the courage of new beginnings. Fresh 2021 seeks to represent artists coming from a variety of learning experiences – from community workshops to degree programmes, apprenticeships and more.

Fresh invites applications from early career, UK-based individual practitioners or collaborators who use clay as their primary creative material. Applicants must have been practicing between 3 – 7 years including time in education/learning and be able to show a continued engagement in practice. Full details on eligibility can be found in the Application Guidelines on the website.

Twenty-five exhibitors will be selected by a panel composed of artists, makers, educators and learning designers. Fresh will be situated in the China Hall on the former Spode factory site as part of the British Ceramics Biennial festival programme of exhibitions, projects, and engagement.


“Being a part of Fresh has helped me to dream bigger. I’m looking forward to what the future holds.” – Laura Plant, Fresh Talent award winner 2019


Fresh is delivered by the British Ceramics Biennial with funding support from the Schroder Charity Trust and in association with the National Association for Ceramic Educators. The Fresh Talent Residencies take place through partnership with Staffordshire University and Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Centre.


Deadline for applications: Midnight June 16th, 2021.


Access Support

If you feel that you face barriers and need support a BCB team member is available to help with your application or for an advice session in advance of your application. Please email to discuss how we can help you.

Please note that the advice we give on making an application is on the eligibility and suitability of your proposal, it will have no bearing on its assessment during the selection panel.



If you have a question that isn’t answered in the application guidelines, if you have a query in-regards to your eligibility or you need assistance please feel free to get in touch and we’ll do our best to help:


How to apply

Step 1

Read through or listen to the Fresh Application Guidelines.

Fresh 2021 Application Guidelines Word version

Fresh 2021 Application Guidelines PDF version

Listen 2021 to the Fresh Application Guidelines


Step 2

Download and complete the Fresh 2021 Application Form.

Fresh 2021 Application Form in Word version.

Fresh 2021 Application Form in PDF version.


Step 3

Complete BCB’s online Diversity and Equality monitoring form.


Step 4

Submit your Fresh 2021 application form and up to 6 supporting files – high quality images, photographs, video, audio and illustrations which best describe the work you wish to exhibit with Fresh 2021.

Please send us your application form and up to 6 supporting files using: Please send your files to


Step 5

Finally, submit your contact details using the online Applicant Details form.