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AN OBJECT OF USE IS AN OBJECT WHICH ONE USES AND NEEDS TO GET OTHER OBJECTS OUT OF THE WAY (Vilem Flusser)


BRITISH CERAMICS BIENNIAL




BCB opening with Ranti Tjan, EKWC Director: October 2011



The British Ceramics Biennial now has meaningful history: 2009 saw its first incarnation installed in both
the familiar and the unexpected across Stoke-on-Trent. 2011 focused on testing the possibilities of
regenerating the former Spode factory site in Stoke Town as a long-term venue for the Biennial, alongside
the continuing and very productive partnerships with the Potteries Musuem and Art Gallery and AirSpace
Gallery in the City Centre.




Philip Eglin's response to Spode

 

Exhibitions at Spode included a survey of work made by artists-in-residencies at "Sunday Morning', the
European Ceramic Work Centre in The Netherlands; FRESH, a biannual survey of graduate work in the UK;
The Great Wall, a presentation of current UK industrial ceramics, and commissioned work made in response
to the Spode site and its history. A pop-up Cafe encouraged visitors to stay in an unheated building in
early autumn....




The Great Wall: industrial ceramics

 
A full programme of public engagement involving 900 people, included workshops based in a pop-up
studio alongside the exhibition halls, conferences and seminars, accompanied the exhibitions, funded by
the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.




Spode Blue: installation and commissioned film by Johnny Magee


Economic activity for the 2011 Biennial was estimated at 2.081m, with 40,000 visitors of whom 95%
rated their experience as Very Good or Good. 57% of visitors came from the West Midlands region, and
55% overall came to Stoke-on-Trent especially for the Biennial. Over 1m worth of media coverage was
achieved.




Julian Stair

 




AWARD exhibition entrance at The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery






AWARD installation view



Barney Hare Duke and Jeremy Theophilus have been the Biennial's inaugural Directors
since June 2008.

 www.britishceramicsbiennial.com