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British Ceramics Biennial at Stoke-on-Trent

This blog post was updated on October 5, 2018.

The British Ceramics Biennial returns this autumn to the English town of Stoke-on-Trent, the world capital of ceramics, with its biggest line-up to date. Set to run from Saturday the 28th of September to Sunday the 10th of November, the Biennial celebrates the best in contemporary ceramics and brings together 150 leading artists through a series of exhibitions, installations and events while drawing on the local area’s heritage and significance in the ceramics industry.

2013 marks the third go-round for the Biennial which launched in 2009 as a five year initiative of residencies, fellowships, commissions, education and enterprise projects with a major festival every two years. The Biennial is intended to be a catalyst for regeneration in the region and to create a platform for the best in current ceramic design, both nationally and internationally.

In a shared statement about this year’s festival, Barney Hare Duke and Jeremy Theophilus, Co-Directors of British Ceramics Biennial, say:

For this third British Ceramics Biennial, we want to encourage, provoke and engage our visitors. As well as a world-class line-up of exhibitions, creative collaborations and interventions, for 2013 we’ve increased the number of events that encourage hands-on involvement with the material itself as a way of getting people really engaged and experiencing the creative potential of ceramics.

Following the success of the 2011 Biennial, the 2013 festival again takes over China Hall at the original Spode factory site in Stoke with a stronger international flavor with work on display from Scandinavia and Chinese artist Wan Liya presenting a new body of work during his Stoke-on-Trent residency.

More promising highlights of the 2013 Biennial are the Award exhibition at The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery with new works by more than 20 ceramicists competing for the £10,000 AWARD Prize while the neaby AirSpace Gallery is to present a series of exhibitions and host “canal-side guerrilla interventions” and even an artist soup kitchen event.

Among the many new developments for this year’s festival, features include a dedicated Film Room, screening a specially curated program that highlights the value of moving image in the appreciation of ceramics as well as a Gallery Shop selling work by many of the festival’s exhibiting artists to collectors and investors.

For a full list of events and activities and lots more information visit here.


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