British Ceramics Biennial 2015 returns to Stoke-on-Trent

Posted May 31, 2015 at 3:32 pm in Design, News

James Rigler, At Every Fading of the Stars, installation shot at Tramway, Glasgow, 2015

James Rigler, At Every Fading of the Stars, installation shot at Tramway, Glasgow, 2015.
One of the 11 artists shortlisted for AWARD 2015

THE UK’s largest ceramics festival, the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB), will return to Stoke-on-Trent for six weeks this autumn. Intended to be a platform for new ideas, works and fresh approaches to clay, the festival celebrates the best in contemporary ceramics through an exciting programme of new exhibitions, installations, activities and special events.

Paul Scott, Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Fukushima 2014 (464 x 349mm). Image courtesy of the artis

Paul Scott, Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Fukushima 2014 (464 x 349mm). Image courtesy of the artist
One of the 11 artists shortlisted for AWARD 2015

BCB features  20 exhibitions and over 60 national and international ceramic artists including a new installation by leading multi-disciplinary artist, Bruce McLean, a  WW1 memorial incorporating thousands of white bone china flowers, to commemorate men of the North Staffordshire Regiment who died in 1914-18 and the Biennial’s centrepiece exhibition AWARD which displays work by emerging talent.

Andrea Walsh, ‘Tiny and Small Faceted Boxes’ 2014. Black Fine Bone China, 22ct Burnished Gold Interior and Glass. 4 x 4.5cm and 6 x 6.5cm. Image courtesy the artist

Andrea Walsh, ‘Tiny and Small Faceted Boxes’ 2014. Black Fine Bone China, 22ct Burnished
Gold Interior and Glass. 4 x 4.5cm and 6 x 6.5cm. Image courtesy the artist
One of the 11 artists shortlisted for AWARD 2015

As well as this, the show’s organisers promise that this year’s BCB will ”offer a truly interactive experience, giving visitors the chance to get clay under their fingernails”.

 

Sam Bakewell, Imagination Dead Imagine, 2009-2015. Mixed collection of hand modelled, slipcast and carved objects, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist

Sam Bakewell, Imagination Dead Imagine, 2009-2015. Mixed collection of hand modelled, slipcast and carved objects, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist. One of the 11 artists shortlisted for AWARD 2015

At the centre of this international acclaimed event is the historic former Spode pottery factory, which will once again form the creative hub for the festival. For the first time the building’s imposing China Hall will be home to AWARD. The c and  its £5,000 prize have been selected by a panel of judges chaired by Alun Graves, Senior Curator at the V&A, the 11 artists will each present new works exemplifying the energy and vitality of British contemporary ceramics.

Sam Bakewell, Of Beauty Reminiscing, carved hairball 2015. Porcelain, 5 x 3 x 2cm. Image courtesy the artist

Sam Bakewell, Of Beauty Reminiscing, carved hairball 2015. Porcelain, 5 x 3 x 2cm. Image courtesy the artist.
One of the 11 artists shortlisted for AWARD 2015

Within the 2015 AWARD  showcase the works range from monumental architectural detail to intricate and intimate contemplative pieces, with conceptual depth, expressive flair and exquisite technical accomplishment.

Paul Scott, 'Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Eden Tree' 2009. In-glaze decal on hand-built porcelain form, 152 x 337mm. Image courtesy the artist.

Paul Scott, Scott’s Cumbrian Blue(s), Eden Tree, 2009. In-glaze decal on hand-built porcelain form, 152 x 337mm. Image courtesy the artist. One of the 11 artists shortlisted for AWARD 2015

The shortlisted artists are: Amy Hughes, Andrea Walsh, Aneta Regel, Anne Gibbs, Bethan Lloyd Worthington, Caroline Tattersall, Ingrid Murphy & Jon Pigott, James Rigler, Mella Shaw, Paul Scott, Sam Bakewell.BCB also offers the visitors the opportunity  to purchase exhibition pieces, one-off and editioned work.

Anne Gibbs, Unfolding Secrets, detail 3 2015. Bone China, fused pins, pins. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist

Anne Gibbs, Unfolding Secrets, detail 3 2015. Bone China, fused pins, pins. Dimensions variable.
Image courtesy the artist. One of the 11 artists shortlisted for AWARD 2015

by Caroline Simpson

British Ceramics Biennial   takes place from September 26  to 8 November 8, 2015.

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