British Ceramics Biennial and Indian Ceramics Triennale

International Artist in Residence Exchange between India and UK.



*Made Out of Place,  Indian Ceramics Triennale, 2018.


British Ceramics Biennial 

The British Ceramics Biennial based in Stoke-on-Trent, is a six-week festival presenting work from the UK’s leading contemporary ceramicists alongside international clay artists, in exhibitions and special events across the city. The BCB is underpinned by a year-round programme of artists’ commissions and education and community engagement projects.

BCB embraces the heritage of the Potteries as the home of British ceramics; that stimulates creativity and innovation across the breadth of its practice and sharpens Stoke-on-Trent’s creative edge as an international centre for excellence in contemporary ceramics.

Initiated in 2009, BCB has grown to be the single largest ceramics event in the UK, and has been successful in bringing great art, creative energy and critical attention to the city, and has facilitated meaningful new public engagement.

Indian Ceramics Triennale

The Indian Ceramics Triennale is an ambitious project which aims to showcase and nurture the growing diversity of ceramic art expression in India and to bring the best practices in international contemporary ceramic arts to an Indian audience. It is an artist-driven initiative, which has garnered support from the wider arts community.

The objectives of the Indian Ceramics Triennale are:

− To encourage artists to create outside their usual practice, to experiment and go boldly in new directions, to break new ground;

− To create an open, inclusive platform that showcases experimental projects

− To engage in a more sustained way with the International ceramics community, creating cross-cultural dialogue with partners from different parts of the world and foregrounding the best practices in the field.

− To engage with the public imagination through exhibitions, symposia, workshops, film screenings, live performances and artist talks

− To encourage wider discourse on clay art and clay in art.

British Ceramics Biennial and Indian Ceramics Triennale Partnership 2018-2021

With shared objectives, both the British Ceramics Biennial and the Indian Ceramics Triennale are key platforms for representing contemporary ceramics practice and acting as catalysts for the international rise of ceramics as a distinguished and dynamic area of art practice. Our ambition is to build an artists-led dialogue between India and the UK, exploring the relationship between notions of located ceramic traditions and migratory contemporary clay practice.

We have initiated an exchange programme with the partial support of the Charles Wallace India Trust and the British Council which follows the convention of the international artists’ residency model, with both ICT and BCB hosting artists from UK and India for a period of 6 weeks in the period running up to their respective triennial and biennial festivals; with a UK artist in India August/September 2018 and 2021, and an Indian artist invited to the UK August/`September/October 2019 and 2021.

The artists would be hosted by BCB and ICT and located within an appropriate studio facility or workspace, alongside other artists, makers, associated creative producers, curators and academics. The objective for the resident artist would be to create a body of work for exhibition/ installation/dissemination at the BCB or ICT festival.

The period of the residency could extend into the first two weeks of the festival programme allowing an opportunity for the international artists to be present and participate in workshop, symposia or equivalent activities.

As part of the ICT 2018, BCB presented Made Out of Place an installation of work emanating from Heart:Beat project created by Joanne Ayre, Ramesh Hengadi and Rasika Hengadi following a short residency period at the Indian Institute of Craft and Design and the JKK exhibition venue.

Residency and Exhibition Opportunity 

British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent 2019

September 28th – November 10th, 2019

BCB and ICT invite proposals from artists interested in undertaking a reciprocal residency as part of the British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent, UK in August/September 2018 and participating as an artist in the Biennial Festival which is on view from September 28th to November 10th, 2019

The ICT and BCB would like artists to respond to discourses developed across geographical, cultural, and discipline boundaries of ceramics. Applicants are encouraged to allow for the development of new, experimental, open-ended research or intuitive experiential based responses. We are interested in proposals for the development of artworks and or activity that might manifest beyond the confines of the art gallery and sensitively engage with the culture of place.

Artists working in all media are welcome to apply providing their primary medium is clay and the work proposed is based on the exploration of ceramic process.

The opportunity offers maximum flexibility to accommodate enterprising responses and any possible constraints, individual circumstances of the submitting artists.

This residency is generously supported by Charles Wallace India Trust and aims to create cross-cultural dialogue between practitioners, artists and communities from India and UK.

The Indian artist for the first residency will be in the UK for a period of approx. 6 weeks in August/September/October 2019. The artist will be based at the BCB ceramic studio, and will have access to the ceramics facilities at Staffordshire University, in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Residency in the UK will be supported by the British Ceramics Biennial, the Contemporary Clay Foundation and the Charles Wallace India Trust.

The British Ceramics Biennial will host the selected artist providing:

1. Access to an equipped ceramics studio

2. Accommodation for 6 weeks

3. Association with BCB artists and projects

4. Installation support

5. Dissemination and interpretation of the artwork produced as a result of the residency.

The Contemporary Clay Foundation, presenters of the Indian Ceramics Triennale, with the generous support of the Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT) will provide the selected artist:

1. Contribution towards the airfare

2. Contribution towards living expenses for 6 six weeks

3. Materials and production costs

Eligibility, Application and Selection


ICT and BCB will agree on the selected artist based on the quality and ambition of their proposal and the practicalities of the realisation of their proposition. However, priority is given to artists for whom this experience would open up entirely new opportunities and realms of practice; to develop new areas of work, experiment and test ideas; explore new contexts and artist networks, as well as opening up to new audiences and markets.

Artists who are emerging or mid-career, whose work is of an exceptional quality, who might have had limited or no experience of working professionally as an artist in UK before, are encouraged and supported.

The applicant must be an Indian Citizen living in India.


Please submit in a single pdf file (upto 10 Mb) containing:

An expression of interest (500 words) which articulates preliminary ideas and approaches to the residency opportunity with the BCB in Stoke-on-Trent.

Images of your most recent work (Up to 10 images) with titles dates, dimensions of artwork and materials used.

DEADLINE: November 30, 2018

Email all files to with ICT-BCB in the subject field. 


Three artists will be shortlisted by the Indian Ceramics Triennale Curatorial Team and British Ceramics Biennial team on the basis of the expression of interest and then will be requested to send a detailed proposal after discussion with the ICT/BCB teams..

The last date for receiving expressions of interest is November 30, 2018. 

Shortlisted artists will be informed by January 15, 2019 and detailed proposals will be required by February 15, 2019.

The selected artist will be announced by March 1, 2019.


Charles Wallace India Trust (CWIT)

CWIT enables Indians in the early to mid stages of their careers to spend time in the UK, helping them to achieve artistic, academic and professional ambitions and to broaden their international contacts.

Charles Wallace was born in Calcutta in 1855. He lived, worked and flourished there, founding the Shaw Wallace company (though there are no connections now between CWIT and Shaw Wallace).

Charles Wallace died in 1916, bequeathing his modest fortune to his family for a generation and then for the benefit of those among whom he had made it.

In 1981, following an agreement between the Indian and British governments, CWIT was established as an English charity. It is run by four trustees. The trustees cover CWIT’s main areas of interest and are Dr Yasmin Khan, Caroline Douglas,Gregor Stark, and Cathy Stephens. The Secretary is Richard Alford.

In over 30 years CWIT has made around 2700 grants.

Other Project Supporters include:




*Made Out of Place, Joanne Ayre, Ramesh Hengadi and Rasika Hengadi, was exhibited at Breaking Ground, the first Indian Ceramics Triennale, 2018. Funded by the British Council, and supported by the Jawahar Kala Kendra, Contemporary Clay Foundation and Indian Institute of Craft and  Design.