Fresh 2023

Applications for British Ceramics Biennial Fresh 2023 are now closed.

Thank you to everyone who applied and helped spread the word.


What’s next?

If you have applied to Fresh 2023, we are processing applications and you will receive confirmation of your application soon. We have had a record number of applications this year and are working through them as fast as we can. The selection panel will meet in July to choose our 25 exhibiting artists. Keep an eye on our social media pages for more updates.


What is Fresh?

The Fresh exhibition celebrates and promotes emerging talent in contemporary ceramics in the UK and Ireland. Fresh 2023 will provide a platform for artists to inspire and challenge, bringing focus to the rich and diverse learning opportunities, which are shaping ceramics today.


Twenty-five exhibitors will be selected by a panel composed of young-people, artists, makers, educators and learning designers. Fresh will be situated at the heart of the 2023 British Ceramics Biennial festival programme of exhibitions, projects and engagement.


Four Fresh Talent Awards will be given to extraordinary emerging talent exhibiting in Fresh during the BCB festival. The Fresh Talent Awards include a range of unique residency opportunities that will take place through partnerships with Staffordshire University, Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center and Grymsdyke Farm.


Fresh and the Talent Development Programme are proudly sponsored by Potterycrafts.


Who is Fresh for?

Fresh is looking for artists at a launch moment in their practice. This is an exhibition that platforms a cross-section of emerging talent, celebrating artistic discovery, which shows the courage of new beginnings.  Fresh 2023 seeks to represent artists coming from a variety of learning experiences – from self-taught artists and community workshops to degree programmes, apprenticeships and more.


What do the shortlisted artists receive?

Each exhibitor in Fresh will receive a £300 exhibition payment and £50 towards the transport of the work to and from the exhibition venue. Fresh exhibitors will benefit from a national PR and marketing campaign. Exhibitors in Fresh will also be eligible for the Fresh Talent Awards.