A £10,000 award awaits the winner of the newly-created Whitegold International Ceramic Prize.
The first Whitegold International Ceramic Prize will celebrate the versatility of clay used in relationship with people, culture and place. Whitegold is a celebration of the clay, drawing on the history and culture of St Austell’s industrial and post-industrial landscape and its global china clay connections. The winners of the prize will be invited to make a piece of work for St Austell.
Individual artists, collectives and CIC’s are invited to submit works that that use clay to inspire new perspectives and insights into place – the specific character of a location that makes it unique. All work of exceptional quality that connects people and place through creativity with clay will be considered. Submitted artwork should ideally be culturally and environmentally aware and socially engaged.
The Whitegold Ceramic Prize is an award in two parts. Winners will receive a cash prize, along with a paid commission for the development of a new work.
First Prize: £10,000 prize money with £5,000 to develop a new local artwork between Jan-Mar 2020
Second Prize: £5,000 prize money and £2,500 to develop a new local artwork between Jan-Mar 2020
Established and emerging artists from all parts of the world are invited to submit 2 completed projects undertaken between 2014 and 2019.
Each project submission must include as minimum an excellent visual record of work and a 500 word overview of each of project including a summary of how it connects with the theme of the award.
A maximum of 8 shortlisted artists will be invited to St Austell for a tour of the region’s clay country before submitting a statement of intent for a new project that draws on the culture of the St Austell area and its connections through clay to people in Cornwall, the UK and the rest of the world.
The jury will select two artists from the shortlist as final winners to develop their proposal for completion in time for the 2020 Whitegold Festival.
Submissions can be made via https://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/whitegold-international-ceramics-prize/3396
For the purposes of the prize
- An Artist Collective is understood as a group of artists working together towards a common objective.
- Socially engaged practice, also referred to as social practice or socially engaged art, can include any artform which involves people and communities in practice, debate, collaboration or social interaction.
Jenny Beavan – International Ceramic Artist
Prof Steve Dixon – Manchester Metropolitan University
Dr Wendy Gers – International Curator and Activist-Scholar
John Hodkin – Business Development & Services Manager, Imerys
Dr Katie Bunnell – Co Curator Whitegold
- End May 2019: Announcement of 2019 Whitegold Prize and call out for applications
- End July 2019: First submission deadline
- Beg Sept: Shortlist announced
- Sept 20/21st: Shortlisted artists field trip to St Austell clay country and Whitegold Festival
- End Sept: Deadline for outline proposal
- End Oct: Winners announced
- Jan – Mar 2020: Artworks developed in discussion with curator
- May 2020: Artworks ready to be installed
- Festival 2020: Prize ceremony
Whitegold is a St Austell Bay Economic Forum project generously supported by the Coastal Communities Fund (see notes below)
Whitegold is a celebration of clay drawing on the history and culture of St Austell’s industrial and post-industrial landscape and its global china clay connections. Through a number of public arts projects initiated by the St Austell Bay Economic Forum (SABEF) and partners, Whitegold provides a platform for local, national and international makers, ceramicists and artists to contribute to the cultural, social and economic regeneration of the region.
Whitegold curators are developing projects that foster local and international cultural exchange around clay and the ceramic arts and which explore social, economic and environmental sustainability through a variety of means. Projects currently in process include public art commissions, small and large scale permanent and non-permanent ceramic installations, as well as social engagement and action based research projects that seek to develop skills in co-design and collaboration in local communities. Socially engaged practice in the arts is an area of significant development for rural and urban regeneration. The Whitegold project presents an opportunity to champion ceramics in the regeneration of the St Austell area through the vehicle of the international prize, highlighting best practice and attracting the best artists in the field.
For the past three years SABEF has produced the Whitegold Festival, building the profile of clay and ceramic arts within the town, providing an annual hub of activity and attracting visitors from the UK and beyond. The Whitegold International Ceramic Prize will make a significant contribution to the long term ambition of the partners to raise the profile of St Austell as a recognised destination for ceramic arts.
The Whitegold Project is funded by the Coastal Communities Fund. St Austell was awarded a £1million contribution to transform the St Austell area as a visitor destination. The funding will support St Austell becoming a Green and Ceramic Cultural Centre.
Notes to editors:
The St Austell Bay Economic Forum, and St Austell Bay Community Interest Company, was formed to carry on activities which benefit the community and in particular to encourage and foster economic growth and general wellbeing to benefit the community in St Austell and its surrounding area. SABEF has been working to rebrand St Austell working on three key themes, namely Green Horizons, Igniting Bright Sparks and Naturally Active, which describe the essence of St Austell. Their aim is that by 2030 St Austell and its surrounds will be celebrated as a green and ceramic cultural centre, as a place of innovation and an active theatre.
The Coastal Communities Fund is run by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). MHCLG say:
The Great British Coast has enormous Economic Potential and this government is determined to see it thrive all year round.
That’s why by 2020 the government will have invested £250 million in our much loved seaside areas through dedicated programmes like the Coastal Communities Fund to help in generating jobs and boosting businesses.
So far, MHCLG analysis shows that this has been money well spent; with every pound invested having the potential to create up to an £8 boost to our coastal economies.
To find out more visit the Coastal Communities fund website
St Austell was awarded a £1million contribution to transform the St Austell area as a visitor destination. The funding will support St Austell becoming a Green and Ceramic Cultural Centre including a programme of public realm cultural initiatives and events and skills training, to attract more visitors and extend the tourist season