Talent Development Mentorship Programme – Call for Mentees

A new mentoring opportunity supporting early-career creatives working in clay.

Do you feel that you face barriers in having a creative career? 

British Ceramics Biennial Talent Development programme is delivering a mentorship opportunity during 2022.  The mentoring programme is for early-career creatives working in clay who feel that they face barriers progressing in their career and accessing a professional network in the field of contemporary ceramics. 

The mentoring programme will support up to seven early career artists between June – December 2022. The programme will provide early career artists with 4-5 mentoring sessions, training, a network of peers and support from the BCB team. 

The mentoring process involves the mentee asking for specific guidance around aspects of their work and professional practice. We hope that through the programme mentees can strengthen their connections and we can create a supportive, career enhancing opportunity for a group of early-career artists. 

We encourage applications from people who feel they face barriers, this may include: financial, ethnicity, education, social class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, neurodiversity, if you have long term health condition/s or due to other protected characteristics.


Who can apply?

The open call is for early-career artists: 

  • Within 5 years of beginning their practice  
  • Who feel they face barriers in accessing a professional network in the field of contemporary ceramics 
  • Who feel having a mentor and a group of peers would have a positive impact on the next steps they seek to take in their career and practice 
  • Looking for advice and guidance on how to progress in their career or creative practice 
  • Who want to build confidence in specific areas of their creative practice or professional life and feel a group of peers and a mentor can support them 
  • Who are in need of a sounding board to work through ideas or problems they are facing 


Applications Close

Midnight, 29th May, 2022   


Programme duration

June – December, 2022.



Free but there is a time commitment.



The entire programme will be delivered online. 


How to apply

Read the ‘Mentee Guidelines 2022’ document which contains information about the opportunity and how to make an application. Interested candidates are asked to download and complete an application form and fill in the contact form and an equality, diversity and inclusion monitoring form. 

The application form can be completed in audio, video or written form. The recording should be approximately 7 ½ minutes. More information on audio or video recordings can be found in the guidance document.


The application form asks for your response to the following questions  

(in audio, video or written form): 

  • Who are you and what is your practice about? (150 words / 1 ½ minutes) 
  • How did you come into working with clay? (100 words / 1 minute) 
  • Why are you applying for this opportunity? (200 words / 2 minutes) 
  • What do you hope to gain from this opportunity? (200 words / 2 minutes) 
  • What barriers do you feel you face in gaining access to a professional network and progressing in your career and practice? (100 words / 1 minute) 

Please submit your Application form to: rhiannon@britishceramicsbiennial.com  


If you have any questions relating to your application or your eligibility please email: rhiannon@britishceramicsbiennial.com  


Access support

Access support is specifically available to individuals who feel they face barriers in making an application. 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: rhiannon@britishceramicsbiennial.com or call 01782 294 634 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