Imagination Dead Imagine, by Sam Bakewell

Sam Bakewell - Here neither - British Ceramics Biennal 2015 AWARD

The British Ceramics Biennial 2015 has announced the winner of its competition AWARD.

Sam Bakewell has won a prize of £5,000 and a commission for the 2017 British Ceramics Biennial for his installation Imagination Dead Imagine.

The work includes a purpose-built clay structure, with various objects, all made by the artist over 12 years. His work was chosen from a shortlist of 12 artists.

Alun Graves, chair of the selection panel and senior curator of ceramics and glass at the V&A Museum, says: “We felt that Sam delivered on every front, exhibiting work that is exceptional and engaging, and underpinned by a rich vein of conceptual thought.”

He adds that Bakewell’s clay hut is an “ambitious and impressive structure that creates an extraordinary and other-worldly space” containing “highly-detailed objects”.

An exhibition of the 12 finalists’ work is currently taking place in the China Hall, Spode factory, Church Street, Stoke-on-Trent.

Sam Bakewell - Here neither (close up) - British Ceramics Biennal 2015 AWARD
Sam Bakewell - Host - British Ceramics Biennal 2015 AWARD
Sam Bakewell - Whom do I owe regret - British Ceramics Biennal 2015 AWARD
Sam Bakewell - Of Beauty Reminiscing (porcelain; 5x3x2cm) - British Ceramics Biennal 2015 AWARD
Sam Bakewell - Thynge - British Ceramics Biennal 2015 AWARD
Sam Bakewell, Imagination Dead Imagine - 2015 AWARD winner - please credit Joel Fildes