Barney Hare Duke, along with his business partner Jeremy Theophilus, founded and directed the first British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) in Stoke-on-Trent in 2009. With five Biennials delivered Barney continues as the Artistic Director of BCB leading the team in the development of the 2019-22 programme.
Barney has 40 years of experience working in the arts with a specialism in contemporary craft. Working initially as a studio potter, which he combined with teaching, Barney then moved into arts management and development.
For 13 years Barney was Arts Council England’s Visual Arts Officer: Crafts, in the North West, leaving in 2004 to set up A Fine Line: Cultural Practice with his colleague Jeremy. Over a ten-year period, A Fine Line developed a specialism in international artists’ exchange programmes, working most regularly with partners in the Indian sub continent.
“As we approach the 2019 festival I relish the opportunity to again bring an extraordinary array of artists, artworks and activities to Stoke-on-Trent to re-activate the China Hall on the Spode Works site, and additionally this year spreading across the city, building the programme with partners at Middleport Pottery, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and World of Wedgwood.”