AWARD is the British Ceramics Biennial headline exhibition, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019. Set in the magnificent expanse of the China Hall on the former Spode Factory site, the show focuses on extraordinary new works being produced by some of the UK’s most talented artists working with ceramics.

Through an open call, artists are invited to submit proposals for inclusion in the AWARD exhibition. A specially convened panel selects some ten artists for representation in the exhibition, from which one artist is chosen as the AWARD winner, a cash prize of £10,000 for excellence, innovation and creative ambition.

“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.”
– Alun Graves
Senior Curator, Ceramics and Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum and chair of AWARD selection panel.


Applications for the BCB 2019 AWARD are now closed. We are pleased to announce that the shortlisted artists for AWARD 2019 are Adam Buick, Elliott Denny, Barry Anthony Finan, Jessica Harrison, Vicky Lindo and William Brookes, Sam Lucas, Zoe Preece, John Rainey, Irina Razumovskaya and Hannah Tounsend.