British Ceramics Biennial returns to Stoke-on-Trent for the UK’s biggest celebration of ceramics

 This autumn, the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) returns to Stoke-on-Trent for its biggest line-up to date. Running from 28 September to 10 November, this festival of the best in contemporary ceramics will bring together 150 artists through exhibitions, installations and events that draw on the heritage and creative edge of Stoke-on-Trent.

The 2013 festival will celebrate the role of the individual artist, inviting them to explore, create and curate makingvisitors’ encounter with ceramics all the more special, entertaining and meaningful. Alongside this, a workingceramic studio and programme of hands-on workshops will make sure everyone leaves the Biennial with at least some clay under their fingernails.

The full programme can be viewed at www.britishceramicsbiennial.com

The British Ceramics Biennial is a prestigious cultural event taking place in Stoke-on-Trentfrom 28 September to 10 November 2013. This six-week long festival will present work from the UK’s leading contemporary ceramic artists in a series of new exhibitions and special events across the city, embracing the heritage of Stoke-on-Trent as the home ofBritish ceramics, and celebrating the city’s creative edge as an international centre for excellence in contemporary ceramics.

The British Ceramics Biennial launched in 2009 as a five-year initiative of residencies,fellowships, commissions, education and enterpriseprojects from 2009 to 2013 with a major festival every two years. BCB is intended to be a catalyst for regeneration in the region andto create a platform for the best in current ceramic design, both nationally and internationally. The Biennial draws on the historical strengths of the past in championing new future directions for the city.

The Biennial works in partnership with organisations and individuals in the museums, cultural industry, business, education, community and voluntary sectors across the city in the development and delivery of projects with a particular focus on public engagement. The festival and supporting BCB Projects programme will not only highlight and raise the profile of the many ceramics industries still working in Stoke-on-Trent, but will also create commissioning and exhibition opportunities for local ceramic artists as well as national and international artists.

www.britishceramicsbiennial.com/

British Ceramics Biennial Starts this Friday!

Runs from September 30th to November 13th @ Stoke-On-Trent

BCB showcases excellence and the best of contemporary practice by makers and artists across the UK, building significant partnerships with other major festivals and centres for ceramic research, and making significant European partnerships. At the heart of the British Ceramics Biennial is AWARD at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, a major exhibition of work by artists, potters and designers working at the creative leading edge of contemporary ceramics practice. From the 28 finalists exhibited, one winner will be awarded a £10,000 prize. We’re delighted to welcome Spode, part of the Portmeirion Group, as the sponsor of this Award, and also the Spode Room, making them our leading sponsor partner in 2011. On the historic listed site of the original Spode Pottery factory in Stoke Town, FRESH will showcase the work of 40 recent UK graduates. FRESH will also highlight the Crafts Council’s “Firing Up” project to re-invigorate the learning of ceramics in secondary schools. ReFRESH will showcase examples of ground-breaking ceramic research. One of the largest shop floors at the original Spode site will be the home of A Great Wall. This large-scale installation will feature tableware to technical ceramics, highlighting the diversity, innovation and creativity of the UK ceramic industry. A new body of work by acclaimed ceramic artist Phil Eglin, Mould Store will see the artist re-use and reclaim the discarded ceramic moulds from the nine remaining stores at the original Spode site. Eglin joins five other artists who will create specific responses to the factory buildings to allow visitors to explore the ten-acre site. The work of ten international artists including Tony Cragg, Hella Jongerus, Betty Woodman and Anne Ausioos, produced during residencies at the European Ceramics Work Centre, will be brought to Stoke-on-Trent for Sunday Morning @EKWC. The exhibition is co-curated by Neil Brownsword, an internationally acclaimed artist from Stoke-on-Trent and winner of the overall 2009 BCB Award. OPEN will see the area’s museums, galleries and ceramic industries with their own programme across three weekends during the festival.Visit their website for all the details.
* Update – here‘s an article from the Guardian on the events.