AWARD – Call for Artists

Applications for British Ceramics Biennial 2021 AWARD exhibition are now open!  Following the success of AWARD in 2019 the exhibition will again be situated in the China Hall on the former Spode factory site, where it will be presented as the centre-piece of the British Ceramics Biennial, taking place in Stoke-on-Trent from 11th September to 17th October 2021. 


“We are immensely proud of the AWARD exhibition and the work by all of the AWARD artists, of how it has developed over six iterations and shaped the identity and profile of the festival and Stoke-on-Trent as an international centre of excellence for contemporary ceramics.

AWARD is an exciting opportunity to present progressive new work and ideas by artists working with clay in the UK.

AWARD both celebrates and stimulates the continued exploration of the creative possibilities of this remarkable universal material.

We are indebted to all those artists who have made AWARD what it is. We eagerly await the response from artists wishing to share in the making of AWARD 2021”    

Barney Hare Duke, Artistic Director British Ceramics Biennial


AWARD is the British Ceramics Biennial’s headline exhibition. It’s a prestigious exhibition that celebrates the vitality and standing of contemporary ceramics practice in the UK and located within the context of the history of British ceramics in Stoke- on-Trent.  

AWARD is looking for artists at a critical moment in their practice. This is an exhibition that platforms ambition and creative risk taking within the developing field of contemporary ceramics. It seeks to celebrate the talent and achievements of leading professionals who are pushing at the boundaries of their individual practice and advancing contemporary ceramics practice. 

A panel of passionate individuals who are integral to the growth and innovation within the field of contemporary ceramics come together and select ten shortlisted artists to exhibit in the BCB festival. Each shortlisted artist will receive £1,000 towards the exhibition of work as a central component of BCB 2021 festival. From the ten shortlisted artists, one prize winner is selected, announced and awarded £5,000 cash prize at the BCB awards event during the festival programme.


Applications are open until December 8th at midnight (GMT).

Applicants must be UK-based artists, who use clay as their primary creative medium.

Full information about the application criteria can be found in the AWARD Guidelines.


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