British Ceramics Biennial | 22 Hands

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British Ceramics Biennial | 22 Hands

Saturday 7 September – Sunday 13 October 2019 | Free Entry

British Ceramics Biennial (BCB) is the UK’s premiere contemporary ceramics festival that takes place in Stoke-on-Trent. BCB presents art-works from the UK’s leading ceramicists alongside international artists, in exhibitions and special events held across the city.  This international festival of ceramics celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with an expanded programme that begins in the BCB hub, the China Hall in the original Spode factory site extending to AirSpace gallery, and springs up across the city with special site specific commissions and interventions at Middleport Pottery, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, and World of Wedgwood, the champions of Stoke-on-Trent’s ceramic identity.

Artists Duncan Hooson and Stephanie Buttle have come together to create 22 Hands, an exhibition, performance, workspace and intervention at the World of Wedgwood, home of the world renowned Wedgwood factory and the award winning Wedgwood Museum.  The title 22 Hands refers to the number of hands that handle a pot during its factory production process.

The artists are transforming and animating an unused, anonymous courtyard, an indoor/outdoor space which currently links the Factory to the Museum. Introducing physical structures, pools of slip, platforms of moulds, a clay tunnel and soundscapes the space will be brought alive, acting as an immersive theatre of making as the artists research, rehearse and make visible their creative process and thinking for the public. Hooson and Buttle will be joined by multi media artist Tim Gray.  Working closely with the artists in developing an audio sensory experience to accompany the projects inclusive experience including sound, text, found industrial machinery to realize his interests in cultural and social contexts.

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