Event Type

Call: Future Lights in Ceramics Competition

Awards & Competitions 08-Feb-2017 - 31-Mar-2017
Future Lights is an annual competition for people in the early stages of a career in ceramics. The Future Lights theme for 2017 is: "Diversity – of materials, people, methods, approaches, and cultures." Makers should apply before 31 March 2017.




The aims of the competition are to:

  • Encourage cross-disciplinary learning and approaches by bringing together the ceramic designers, art historians, researchers, makers and artists of the future
  • Support people in the early stages of a career in ceramics by exhibiting their work at high profile ceramics exhibitions across Europe
  • Promote ceramics to a younger audience, though identifying potential ambassadors


Designers, researchers, artists and curators working in the field of ceramics are actively responding to, representing and celebrating the diversity present in today’s society. This can be seen in the work of:

  • Ms Claudia Zachow, a curator actively engaging diverse communities/cultures
  • Ms Ursula Meyer, a designer creating inclusive/accessible products to address disability
  • Ms Christelle Familiari, an artist representing diversity in their work
  • Dr. Kristīne Šalma-Ancāne, a researcher investigating different ceramic materials


What are the judges looking for?
In 2017, the Future Lights judges want to discover early career professionals who are expressing, exploring or researching questions of diversity in their work and encourage application from a wide range of practitioners. The organisers of the Future Lights competition wish to be as inclusive as possible. If applicants have any support needs, please get in touch (jana.goebel@porzellanikon.org | phone: +49 9287 91800 614).

Applications will be shortlisted by a jury, with finalists invited to present to a panel of experts from museums, universities and other institutions specialising in ceramics. Winners will be offered further opportunities to showcase their work at high profile events e.g. Ambiente consumer goods trade fair, and will be invited to attend a workshop to collaborate with their peers working in different disciplines.

Who can apply?
Applicants must be resident in EU or associated states at the time of application.
There is no age limit. However, applicants should have completed their main, full time studies within the last five years.
Applicants should have expertise, experience or innovative ideas that respond to the theme. We are happy to receive applications from people from a range of disciplines including, but not restricted to, artists, designers, historians, art historians, curators, scientists and researchers.

What is the prize?
Competition winners will be invited to:

  • Attend a workshop where participants collaborate across disciplines, developing new work that responds to a specific design brief
  • Showcase their work at high profile events across Europe and through the wider Ceramics and its Dimensions project

In 2017, Future Lights Ambassadors will exhibit at Ambiente, the world’s most important consumer goods trade fair, attended more than 134,000 trade visitors from over 150 countries.

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