China Hall, Former Spode Works
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Sunday, October 13, 2019
China Hall, Former Spode Works, Factory, Kingsway, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1JB.
East Midlands
British Ceramics Biennial

Multimedia artist and ceramicist Barry Finan will create his most ambitious work to date in the headline flagship exhibition AWARD 2019 at British Ceramics Biennial Festival. The British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) returns to Stoke-on-Trent bringing together more than 300 contemporary artists in a vibrant programme of exhibitions, installations and events taking place in six iconic cultural venues across the city.

This flagship exhibition will bring together new work created by 10 innovating ceramic artists competing for the prize, which has been increased to £10,000 to mark BCB’s 10th anniversary. The shortlisted artists are: Adam Buick, Elliott Denny, Barry Anthony Finan, Jessica Harrison, Vicky Lindo and William Brookes, Sam Lucas, Zoe Preece, John Rainey, Irina Razumovskaya and Hannah Tounsend.

With the support of an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant and ceramic artist Caroline Tattersall, Finan will create a large-scale site-specific ceramic installation.

Just under six hundred unfired bricks will form a 5ft by 2ft malleable wall, a giant platform for the artist to broadcast personal messages, ambitions and life goals through live inscriptions, or ‘WRRIGHHTINNGSERRSS’, in which he uses repetitive letters to elongate his declarations of personal identity. This artwork will evolve throughout the festival, as his perspective on life and his hopes and dreams are etched into the impermanence of unfired clay.

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