British Ceramics Biennial celebrates 10 years with five-week festival of exhibitions, installations and events in the home of British ceramics
The British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) returns to Stoke-on-Trent from 7 September to 13 October 2019, bringing together more than 300 contemporary artists in a vibrant programme of exhibitions, installations and events taking place in six iconic cultural venues across the city.
This international festival of ceramics celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with an expanded programme that begins in the BCB hub, the China Hall in the original Spode factory site extending to AirSpace gallery, and springs up across the city with special site specific commissions and interventions at Middleport Pottery, The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Spode Works and World of Wedgwood, each a champion of Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramic identity.
The post-industrial setting of the original Spode factory site in the heart of the city is once again be the main hub of the festival, bringing together 13 exhibitions in the China Hall, alongside live workshop areas where visitors can explore and experience clay for themselves, and an exchange place for buying work and sharing ideas and inspiration.
At the centre of the biennial are BCB’s two flagship exhibitions, AWARD and Fresh. AWARD bringing together new work created by 10 innovating ceramic artists competing for the prize, which has been increased to £10,000 to mark BCB’s 10th anniversary. The shortlisted artists 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.
Alongside this, Fresh returns with a showcase of work by 20 of the UK’s most talented recent ceramics graduates. Fresh is a platform from which the next generation of ceramic artists can advance their creative careers. Awarded presents new work by 2017 AWARD winner Tana West and 2017 Fresh winner, Eusebio Sanchez.
Barney Hare Duke, Artistic Director of the British Ceramics Biennial, comments: ‘The British Ceramics Biennial is about people, place and clay. I am delighted that, as we mark our 10th anniversary, we are able to work so closely with artists, local residents and with partners across Stoke-on-Trent to create such an ambitious, thought-provoking programme – one that celebrates and highlights the heritage and cultural riches of this extraordinary city.’