a site to see friday: Biennale de la Céramique D’Andenne (Belgique)


From the site:”The Biennale de la Céramique is a cultural event in Andenne taking place on Sunday and Whit Monday of each even year. The event, was created in 1988 and acquired over time a national and an international recognition. The event wants to revitalize the industrial ceramic history of the city and builds bridges between people and contemporary artists. During the event, and it’s extensions, all the city lives to the rhythm and colors of the ceramic : exhibition of contemporary ceramics in many places, international market of potters & ceramists, artist residency program, lectures, artists demonstrations, master classes, visits of schools, activities for children… all this find it’s proper place in the program. Concentrated around three events and a dozen places in the city, the event organized since 2006 by the Cultural Centre, has strengthened its aspect as a link between the creation and access to art including actions related to ceramics, in conjunction with the Biennale, taking place throughout the year : ceramics courses for children and adults, themed exhibitions, master classes and lectures for professionals are now also on the agenda, reinforcing the Biennale event and giving the city a true character of Ceramics City. The exhibition of contemporary ceramics shows the current trends in contemporary ceramics; the international market of potters and ceramists located on the Chapitre Square, at the foot of Ste Begge’s church, is a real moment for the visibility of the richness and originality of the ceramics of common utility; while the exhibition about the traditional and ethnic ceramics is a focus on the intercultural aspects generated by the practices of ceramics. To ensure and preserve the high artistic level of the works presented and also the novelty, a selection committee choose the participants. So nearly 50 ceramists are selected for the contemporary contemporary exhibition, with a European country often in the spotlight, and nearly 80 participants to the market. The Selection Committee is a guarantee of the variety and diversity of creation considering contemporary aspects, aesthetic, technical and originality of works. The event is also intended as a show place for students of Academies and Art schools of the country, offering to them a special exhibition space, allowing students to present their ceramic creations. There is no doubt that the Biennale de la Céramique is a reference for the professionals and an attraction for ceramics lovers from many countries.”