Stoke-on-Trent is the home of British ceramics and the perfect location for the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) which embraces this heritage and celebrates the area as an international centre for excellence in contemporary ceramics. With a packed programme of exhibitions, site-specific installations, events and activities over five weeks, it highlights the work of international, emerging and established ceramic artists. QEST is proud to announce that two of its scholars are featured; Hannah Tounsend in AWARD and Alice Walton in Fresh.
Hannah has been selected as a finalist and exhibitor in AWARD, the BCB’s headline exhibition for professional artists leading the field of contemporary ceramics. According to Alun Graves, Senior Curator of 20th Century & Contemporary Ceramics at the V&A, AWARD is a “showcase for ground-breaking and progressive practice, capturing the breadth and dynamism of artists engaging with clay today. It is an opportunity for ambition and for new ideas to be explored and presented in a truly remarkable and historic location.” Titled ‘Finding New Ground’, Hannah’s composite installation of three artworks will celebrate the ceramic practice of extensive material testing and document an exploration of clay surface possibilities.
The BCB Fresh Exhibition sits alongside AWARD at the centre of the festival programme. Fresh presents the best of recent, talented graduates from UK Higher Education ceramic courses and related programmes and showcases a diverse cross-section of current ideas and trends in clay and ceramics. QEST Scholar Alice Walton has been shortlisted for Fresh and will be showing three large sculptures in the Spode China Hall.
British Ceramics Biennial: 7 Sept – 13 Oct 2019 www.britishceramicsbiennial.com