This autumn, the British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) is returning to Stoke-on-Trent, the home of British ceramics, for its fifth edition. Kicking off on 23 September and running until 5 November, the six-week international festival will animate the city with exhibitions, installations, new commissions and hands-on activities that will showcase the creative potential of clay, reflecting and stimulating the resurgence of contemporary ceramics.
The former Spode Factory site in the heart of Stoke will host the main hub of the festival, as well as venues across the cultural quarter of Hanley including the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, AirSpace Gallery, Bethesda Chapel and Stoke-On-Trent Central Library. The festival programme will also link with some of the city’s key industry players: Emma Bridgewater, Middleport/ Burleigh Pottery, Wedgwood and our client Johnson Tiles.
The BCB programme is launched to coincide with Stoke-on-Trent’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021. Artistic Director Barney Hare Duke says: "This year’s festival is more ambitious than ever with over 100 artists involved in exhibitions and events taking place across the city. It’s a particularly exciting and important time for the city and we are proud to present our 2017 programme to stoke the flames of the bid for Stoke-on-Trent to become UKCity of Culture 2021."