Whitegold Prize 2020

2020 Conviviality


The 2020 Whitegold International Ceramic prize will be awarded to excellent projects that enable convivial community interactions through their engagement with food and clay.

AWARDS: Quartz, £10,000   Feldspar, £5,000

Deadline: MIDNIGHT 29th FEB 2020


Submission Guidelines

The prize is open to artists and artist collectives from across the world including collaborations between artists, cooks, brewers and food producers.

Artists, partnerships or collectives are invited to submit two recent projects that demonstrate their work with the inter-relationships of people, clay, soil and food. The Whitegold 2020 jury will then select five artists or groups to develop a proposal for a community project in St Austell that brings clay, food and people together in a convivial way.

We are looking for art, craft and design using clay that combines environmental sustainability with creativity and welcome work that relates to cooking, eating, drinking, for creating a festive and sociable environment, ceramics for growing and even works that consider clay as a part of the soil and our life cycle. We are interested in environmentally friendly farming practices, in foraging, in locally and collectively grown produce as well as culinary delights that consider food miles, fairtrade and co-operative production.

Artists, partnerships or collectives selected for the second stage will be invited to propose a new project that involves working with a given community group in St Austell. Projects should have convivial social interactions at their heart and be clear about the ways in which they will bring people together to share skills, food and stories. Projects that have the potential to be sustained and developed by community groups after the festival are especially welcome.

The Whitegold jurors will review these five new proposals and select two finalists who will be allocated a budget of £2,500 each to produce and complete their project to coincide with the Whitegold Festival on 19th September 2020.

The Whitegold jurors will be invited to the Festival to experience the final outcomes and will work with the local community to make the final decision about who will win the Quartz award and who will get Feldspar.

  • Jan 2020: Announcement of 2020 Whitegold Prize and call out for applications
  • End Feb: First submission deadline
  • End March: Shortlist announced
  • End April: Deadline for submission of new project proposals
  • End May: Deadline for statement of intent for new work
  • Sept 19th: Whitegold Festival 2020
  • End Sept: Winners announced

Submissions must be made through CuratorSpace using the link below. Please note to make a submission all artists must register with CuratorSpace before uploading details. CuratorSpace will guide you through this process.


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

2020 Jurors

Neil Brownsword – International Ceramic Artist Educator. Winner of the Whitegold Quartz Award, 2019

Neil Brownsword is an artist, researcher and educator who holds Professorial positions in ceramics at Staffordshire University and University of Bergen. Brownsword’s artistic research examines the manufacturing histories of North Staffordshire’s ceramic industry, and the effects globalisation has had upon people, place and traditional skills in recent decades. His reactivation of associated post-industrial spaces and endangered industrial crafts has achieved impact internationally via cross-cultural exchange, and curated trans-disciplinary collaborative projects.


Caroline Cheng – International Ceramic Artist and Director of the Pottery Workshop

Caroline Cheng is an artist and curator, and the director of the Pottery Workshop. She has exhibited her works all over the world and has pieces in the collections of the British Museum, London, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco and Museum of Fine Art, Boston. Cheng has held solo exhibitions in Sotheby’s Hong Kong (2013) and New York (2015) and has received prizes from the Keramik Museum in Westerwald, Germany (2010) and the Clay and Glass Film Festival in Montpellier, France (2010). In 2014 Cheng received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the America National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Cheng has devoted her life to helping young aspiring craft artists in China setting up a platform for them to work and sell their work, and also is a major promoter of ceramics in China and overseas.


Céline Holman – Curator, Eden Project Ltd

has worked as part of the Eden Project’s interpretation team for over ten years, working on the curation and commissioning of artists and exhibitions as well as permanent and temporary exhibits. In 2017/18, Céline led the artistic direction of Invisible Worlds, a major capital redevelopment project which included the commissioning of a large scale sculpture by Studio Swine, interactive exhibits, play areas and a new gallery space.

Céline is particularly interested in interdisciplinary and socially engaged work.


Ashley Shopland – General Manager Imerys UK, St Austell, Cornwall

Ashley is the Cornish born and bred General Manager of Imerys’ local china clay business, based in St Austell.  The origins of china clay in Cornwall date back almost 275 years to its discovery on Tregonning Hill near Helston.  That search was stimulated by the use of china clay in Ceramic products, something that continues strongly to the modern day.  Imerys supplies over 350,000t per year of Cornish china clay into the global Ceramic market, for sanitaryware, tableware and tiles in the main.  Ashley’s keen interest arises from this and how artists can further interpret the world of Ceramics for this prize.


Katie Bunnell – Co-Curator Whitegold Project

Designer, maker and researcher, Katie is a creative practitioner who combines digital and physical processes in the production of ceramic art and design. Katie completed an MA in Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art, London in 1993, where she was a Darwin Scholar, and she was awarded a doctorate in 1998 for her practice based research thesis, The Integration of New Technologies in to Ceramic Designer-Maker Practice. Until 2015 she was Associate Professor of Design at Falmouth University where she created Autonomatic, an award winning design research collective exploring the relationships between craft making and digital technologies.

Jurors will be invited to attend the Whitegold 2020 Festival and experience the projects in action in order to make the final decision about prize winners.