Whitegold International Prize

2019 International Prize People, culture and place

The first Whitegold International Ceramic Prize is a celebration of clay in relationship with people, culture and place. The winners of the prize will be invited to make a new piece of work drawing on the history and culture of St Austell’s industrial and post-industrial landscape and its global china clay connections.

Artists, collectives and CIC’s from around the world are invited to submit works 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 for St Austell.

Quartz Award: £10,000 with an additional £5,000 to develop a new local artwork between Jan-Mar 2020

Feldspar Award: £5,000 and an additional £2,500 to develop a new local artwork between Jan-Mar 2020


Submission Guidelines

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.

Timeline and Key Stages 

  • 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 statement of intent for new work
  • End Oct: Winners announced
  • Jan – Mar 2020: Artworks developed in discussion with curator
  • May 2020: Artworks ready to be installed
  • Festival 2020: Prize ceremony

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 interaction.

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