“It is the energetic, non-conformist, challenging spirit we need to encourage. It is the spirit which brought about Stoke-on-Trent’s success in the 18th century. And the Biennial plays an important part in reviving that culture by bringing in talent, discovering new designers, and forcing us to think on an international scale.” Tristram Hunt, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, writing in Apollo Magazine

The celebrated AWARD exhibition will sit at the centre of the fourth British Ceramics Biennial taking place in Stoke-on-Trent from 26 September to 8 November 2015.

Building on the success and growing reputation of the Award exhibition a new selection panel chaired by Alun Graves (Senior Curator of Ceramics & Glass at the Victoria & Albert Museum) will choose up to a maximum of 12 artists. The Award 2015 exhibition will give each exhibitor more space, providing a platform and more focused opportunity for critical appraisal.

A single cash prize of £5,000 will be made together with an offer to the winner to be involved in both the selection process for AWARD 2017 and the subsequent BCB 2017 exhibition programme.

Artists are asked to submit proposals, outlining what work they would seek to present if selected. It is a condition that all work proposed will be current (no more than three years old). We anticipate that many of the artists will propose to make new work for the 2015 exhibition.

Deadline for applications: Applications are now closed for 2015.

Images top to bottom: Nao Matsunaga, 2013 Award Winner; BCB Award Exibition Installton 2013, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery; The Uncanny Playroom by Christine Brown (2010) Image by Joel Fildes.