British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke
The 2009 British Ceramics Biennial has arrived in Stoke-on-Trent! Running until December, it is the UK’s only festival that celebrates a breadth of contemporary pottery and ceramic artists.
The Biennial festival - held every two years - is trying to change the way people perceive pottery by helping them to learn what is involved in creating and designing all kinds of ceramics – including the kitchen sink!
This ten-week festival, running from October until mid-December 2009, displays a selection of ceramics designs… but is not just about sitting back and looking at what has already been created. It is hoped that everybody will get involved in producing their own artwork.
Gallery at Potteries Museum
What's more, the festival should enhance Stoke on Trent's place in the world of ceramics. Extraordinary work, from all over the world is coming to the city, and should shake up our view of 'pottery'. Artists from as far away as Japan, Spain and India - as well as this region - will all be exhibiting.
"It’s really important this is happening – such a high profile event," says co-director Barney Hare Duke. "It’s offering stuff for people who live and work in Stoke-on-Trent to come and see, but it’s also a big pull for people to come in and see the city again. We want them to get that real sense that the city is vibrant, that it’s got a future and is working."
To see some of the work, have a look at our photo-gallery below:-
The British Ceramics Biennial takes place from 3rd October to 13th December 2009.
What is there to see and do?
The idea of a British Ceramics Biennial was brought to fruition late in 2008 - the idea of two developers from the design company 'A Fine Line' (www.afineline.co.uk).
There are three distinct elements to the event.
Artist Stephen Dixon
In the Potteries Museum and Art gallery, there are displays of tableware designed by made by 'The New English', a new ceramics brand involving students at Staffordshire University.
One particular eye-catching piece is Stephen Dixon's ceramic pig heads. The concept behind the exhibit is MPs expenses. Each pig head is named after a politician, and it's price tag bears the amount of money that MP claimed in expenses last year.
The work of Spanish artist, Jaime Hayon, has taken up residence at Emma Bridgwater Pottery. His creations inspired by skateboard culture, graffiti and street art, are displayed alongside new graduate's work.
The show called 'Fresh' aims to showcase the best new young ceramic artists working in the industry at this time.
Burslem is also very much involved in the festival, with the Old Post Office gallery displaying a ‘Wonderwall’ of ceramic graffiti created by artist CJ O'Neill and a team of local children. Following on from this, they are also considering producing a set of graffiti themed tableware.
The Wedgwood institute is also showing a number of pieces including a giant ceramic mural created by 100 young people and adults from Stoke on Trent, with 6 Belgian artists.
Jaime Hayon exhibit
For more information including the programme of events, click on the link below:-
Want to be a volunteer?
Volunteers are also needed to get involved.
Anyone interested, who can offer their support, or would like more information on ways to help can email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 01782 597089.
last updated: 18/11/2009 at 10:19
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