Between Studio and Factory: BCB 2013 Conference

Original Spode Factory Site 17-18 October 2013

The 2013 British Ceramics Biennial offers the opportunity to make a considered analysis of the issues that reflect current concerns of ceramicists and artists working with clay. This has been given greater emphasis by our partnership with Bergen Academy of Art and Design as they reveal new meanings and purpose across the original Spode factory site.

Between Studio and Factory: BCB 2013 Conference  presents a range of perspectives which examine the impacts of globalisation upon the understanding, use and development of ceramics in both the industry as well as in the arts.  Contributing speakers will explore the emerging post-studio movement where artists and designers interface with the fabric of both industry and post-industry.

The Conference, which is jointly organised by Bergen Academy of Art and Design and the British Ceramics Biennial, will include presentations by keynote speakers plus artists involved in the Bergen Academy Topographies of the Obsolete project and BCB 2013 selected Festival artists.  The conference will also include a visit to Biennial sites and an event on Thursday evening.

Contributions to the conference by Topographies of the Obsolete

"The Art of Fire: Ceramics and Alchemy"
by Jan B├Ącklund, Assistant Professor in Art History & Art Theory, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Visual Arts, Copenhagen, Denmark 

"Post-Industrial Ceramics in China's (former) Porcelain Capital"
by Maris Gillete, Professor of Anthropology, Haverford College, USA

There will also be presentations by Sabine Popp, Neil Brownsword, Anne Helen Mydland, Richard Launder, Glen Stoker and Dimitri Launder.

Performances during the conference by Kelly/Marhaug, Richard Launder & Julia Collura, and Andrew Brown.

Please download the full programme here.


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Several accommodation providers in Stoke-on-Trent are offering discounted rates for conference attendees. You can view the accommodation and prices here.

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