Vacancy: Artistic Director

British Ceramics Biennial are seeking an Artistic Director/Chief Executive Officer


The British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) is a prestigious and high profile festival of contemporary ceramics that takes place in Stoke-on-Trent. BCB presents art-works from the UK’s leading ceramicists alongside work by international artists, in exhibitions and special events held across the city. BCB is also responsible for delivery of an exciting year-round programme of artists’ commissions, education and community engagement projects. These projects feed into the festival programme of exhibitions and events.

The BCB works in collaboration with partners across the city in cultural, heritage, education, health and community sectors in the development and delivery of ground- breaking programmes that support Stoke-on-Trent’s cultural regeneration strategies.


The British Ceramics Biennial co-founder and Artistic Director, Barney Hare Duke has decided to stand down after a successful 12 years in the role. British Ceramics Biennial now seeks to appoint a new Artistic Director, CEO, to join the organisation and lead on the development of its artistic programme and further establish the organisation in Stoke-on-Trent and beyond.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, dynamic and imaginative individual to take one of the UK’s leading ceramics organisations forward into the next phase of its development, and to take an active strategic role in shaping its artistic future.

The candidate may be an artist, curator or other creative leader in the contemporary arts sector with a collaborative approach to working. With a commitment to working on a local, national and international level they will have strong networks in the UK; a proven interest in contemporary visual arts, with an interest/specialism in ceramics; experience of strategic planning and running an organisation.


Closing date 12pm (noon) Monday 1 March 2021.

Candidates will be informed whether they will be called for interview in the week/ commencing 8 March 2021. It is likely that interviews will be held in the week commencing 15 March 2021, and that these interviews will be held online.

Please address any questions/queries or requests for an informal discussion to Iain Cartwright, Executive Director on:




Please submit the following by 12pm (noon) Monday 1 March 2021.

  • A brief cover letter (max two A4 sides) explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to meet all Essential skills and at least 7 Desirable skills.

  • Names and contact details of TWO employment/professional referees. We will only contact referees upon offer of employment.
  • Applicants must also complete our online Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form which can be found on the right hand side of this webpage (desktop view), at the bottom of the page (mobile view) or here.

Applications should be addressed to Alison Wedgwood, Chair The Clay Foundation, and sent via email to: with ‘AD British Ceramics Biennial ’ in the subject line by 12pm (noon) Monday 1 March 2021.


We are committed to ensuring our recruitment process is transparent and accessible. If you have questions or you require the application pack in an alternative format, please contact Iain Cartwright, Executive Director on:

Please note that some formats will only be available upon request to ensure these are suitably tailored to support the applicant’s access requirements.