We are proud to announce that multi-media artist and ceramicist Barry Finan, has been selected to exhibit in the headline AWARD exhibition at British Ceramics Biennial 2019 Festival. The British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) returns to Stoke-on-Trent from 7 September to 13 October 2019, 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.
At the centre of the biennial are BCB’s two flagship exhibitions, AWARD and Fresh. AWARD bringing together new work created by 10 innovating ceramic artists competing for the prize, which has been increased to £10,000 to mark BCB’s 10thanniversary. 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.
AWARD is British Ceramic Biennial’s headline exhibition for professional artists leading the field of contemporary ceramics. It is known as “a showcase for ground-breaking and progressive practice, capturing the breadth and dynamism of artists engaging with clay today. It is an opportunity for ambition, and for new ideas to be explored and presented in a truly remarkable and historic location.” – Alun Graves Senior Curator of the V&A.
Barry Finan will create a large-scale site-specific installation using unfired terracotta bricks. This will create a sizeable canvas where he will add his distinctive and visually absorbing ‘WRRIGHHTINNGSS’ – intuitive text often drawing upon reoccurring themes in his work, which reference his life and ambitions and popular culture.
AWARD is situated in the China Hall on the former Spode factory site, where it will be presented as the centre-piece of the British Ceramics Biennial, taking place in Stoke-on-Trent from 29 September to 10 November 2019.
More news and details to be released soon…