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Shirley Bhatnagar Is the awardee for the British Ceramics Biennial

and Indian Ceramics Triennale Partnership 2018-2021

(Picture of Shirley + logos of ICT, BCB, Charles Wallace- info below can be hyperlinked into a new page)

Shirley Bhatnagar’s winning proposal Beyond White Mughals references a book by British author William Dalrymple, and proposes to revisit the cultural linkages between India and Great Britain. True to her practice of humorous comment on politics and society, mostly by way of hybrid anthropomorphic ceramic sculpture, her work at BCB will explore alternative historical narratives interrogating the subtle cultural nuances of the former colonial relationship.

Shirley will spend 6 weeks in residence at Stoke-On-Trent, presenting her project at the opening of the British Ceramics Biennial on September 6th, 2019. The residency is generously supported by the Charles Wallace (India) Trust.

Currently based between Delhi and Jaipur, Shirley Bhatnagar, graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad majoring in Industrial Ceramics. Since then she has worked on many public and private commissions. Shirley has headed the Fired Material Application discipline at the Indian Institute of Crafts and Design, Jaipur, and currently she is visiting faculty at several leading design colleges in India. Shirley also works on projects focusing on the revival of traditional crafts. She has four solo exhibitions to her credit and numerous group shows. She most recently exhibited at the first Indian Ceramics Triennale, Breaking Ground, held at the Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur from August 31st to November 18, 2018.

With shared objectives, 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.

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.



The Indian Ceramics Triennale collaborated with the international peer-reviewed  artists’ platform Artaxis, to facilitate applications by Indian Ceramics Triennale artists. Artaxis is an evolving independent network of over 650 contemporary artists from over 40 countries and their work.

Existing artist members:

ICT Artists accepted as members through Triennale:


PAUSE (India | France) 08 Sep - 06 Oct 2019

Art residency & mentorship program by Dr Wendy Gers, international curator, at the luxury riverside cottages & art residency center, For A While, operated by Debapriya Dam & ICT Artist, Shalini Dam, in the Indian Himalayas.Through informal lectures and demonstrations, group and individual discussions, and one-on-one mentoring sessions, this exclusive ceramics residency for 8 artists is intended to develop and extend artists’ creative practices.

Dr. Hans Hoch Stiftung, Künstlerhaus Neumünster Ceramic Artist Exchange - Tandem, Germany

Since 1987, the artist house “Stadttöpferei”, located in the historical city centre of Neumünster in northern Germany is run by the Dr. Hans Hoch Foundation as a center for ceramic art. The institution’s activities include artist exchanges and residencies, regular exhibitions and workshops. The new international Ceramic Artist in Residenceprogram opens dialogue on contemporary positions of ceramic art, intercultural exchange, as well as experiments with materials and audience.

Forthcoming ICT artists in residence:

Reyaz Badaruddin Sep 4- 27, 2019

Sukhdev Rathod Nov 6-29, 2019


The Contemporary Clay Foundation is in the process of building an archive of material on Indian Ceramics. We are soliciting a range of material such as catalogues, publications, papers, essays, books, portfolios, films / archivalfootage, photographs, documentation of collections on Indian ceramics and Indian ceramicists. This material will be collated and used to populate online journals and pages on Indian ceramics..