Call for UK-based artists: AWARD at the British Ceramics Biennial

The British Ceramics Biennial invites UK-based artists, who use clay as their primary creative medium, to apply for AWARD 2021.

AWARD is the headline exhibition in the British Ceramics Biennial, the international ceramics festival held in Stoke-on-Trent. It is a prestigious opportunity for artists who are at a critical moment in their careers and are pushing at the boundaries of both their individual practice and contemporary ceramics practice. Applications are welcome from individual artists, collaborators or collectives who want to use the opportunity to tread new ground or present work in ways that it hasn’t previously been experienced.

A selection panel of specialists within the field of contemporary ceramics, chaired by Alun Graves, Senior Curator in Ceramics and Glass at the V&A, will select a shortlist of 10 artists to take part in AWARD. Each artist will be awarded £1,000 towards the exhibition of their work as a central component of the next British Ceramics Biennial festival, which takes place in the China Hall of the original Spode factory in Stoke-on-Trent from 11 September to 19 October 2021. One winner will be awarded a £5,000 prize and will also be invited to exhibit in the 2023 BCB festival and to sit on the 2023 AWARD selection panel.

Chair of the selection panel, Alun Graves comments: ‘AWARD is a showcase for ground breaking and progressive practice, capturing the breadth and dynamism of artists engaging with clay today. It is an opportunity for ambition, and for new ideas to be explored and presented in a truly remarkable and historic location.’

Vicky Lindo and William Brookes were the winners of AWARD in 2019 for their body work ‘Dead Dad Book’, which has since been acquired for the V&A’s collection.

The deadline for applying is midnight on 8 December 2020. Further information about the application criteria and the BCB festival can be found on the website:

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