Our next Award application submission opens in spring 2024 for our 2025 Biennial.



Award 2023

See the artists selected for Award 2023.


The winner of Award 2023 is Mella Shaw with her work, Sounding Line. Read the article here.



What is Award?

Award is the British Ceramics Biennial’s headline exhibition. It is a prestigious exhibition formed from an open submission that celebrates the vitality of contemporary ceramics practice in the UK.   

A panel of experts who are integral to the growth and innovation of contemporary ceramics come together and select ten artists to exhibit in the BCB festival. Each selected artist will receive £1,000 towards a presentation of their work as a central component of the 2023 BCB festival. From the ten selected artists, one prize winner is selected, announced and awarded a £10,000 cash prize during the festival. 

“Award is the leading exhibition of contemporary ceramic art in the UK. It celebrates ground-breaking, progressive practice and allows artists to challenge themselves and the ceramics status quo. This headline exhibition of the BCB festival take audiences on a journey with contemporary ceramics, solidifying the role of clay as a rich material for storytelling, experimentation, playfulness, risk taking and activism.”

Clare Wood, Artistic Director and Chief Executive,

British Ceramics Biennial & Award Panel Member




Who is Award for?

Award invites applications from UK based individual practitioners, collaborators or collectives who use clay as their primary creative material. The Award exhibition seeks to have a positive impact on the practice of the exhibiting artists. We seek to support artists who want to make best use of the opportunity, who may wish to tread new ground, use the momentum of the exhibition to focus or make a step change in their practice or to present work in ways it hasn’t previously been experienced.



Award 2023 Selection Panel

Award exhibitors are selected by a panel of leading professionals who are advocates for contemporary art and making, and who bring a variety of perspectives to the decision-making process. The Award 2023 selection panel is:

  • Selection panel chairperson: Alun Graves – Senior Curator Ceramics and Glass Collections V&A
  • Stephen Dixon – BCB 2021 Award Winner, Artist and Professor Emeritus, Manchester School of Art
  • Dr Guan Lee – Founder of Grymsdyke Farm, architect and lecturer
  • Jenni Lomax – Curator, writer and visual arts and education consultant
  • Clare Wood – Artistic Director and Chief Executive, British Ceramics Biennial


The panel make their selections based on the following criteria,

  • The quality of the proposal.
  • The quality, strength and ambition of the artistic practice.
  • The potential impact of the proposal on the development of the artists’ practice.
  • The potential for the work to connect with audiences.