Apply for the ‪‎Future Lights European Ceramics Competition

Ceramicists in the early stages of their career are invited to apply for Future Lights. The competition forms part of a Creative Europe-supported Cooperation Project called Ceramics and its Dimensions and Future Lights is organised by the project's lead partner Porzellanikon with support from other partners including the British Ceramics Biennial, the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Staffordshire University.

Finalists have the opportunity to present their work at Aalto University, Finland, and the winners are invited to attend a workshop at Meissen Porcelain factory, Germany. The theme for the second round of the Future Lights competition is ‘incorporating the qualities of hand-crafted work or folk art traditions into industrially produced ceramics’. Applications are welcomed from early career professionals with knowledge (practical or research) of craft and studio processes and applicants must be resident in the EU or associated states at the time of application. There is no age limit but applicants should have completed their main, full-time studies within the last five years.

“The Future Lights competition is designed to build new bridges and provide a platform for recent graduates to further their careers,” said Wilhelm Siemen, Director, Porzellanikon. 

Ceramics and its Dimensions is a large Cooperation Project involving 16 partners including museums, universities and industry organisations, four of which are based in the UK: Staffordshire University, British Ceramics Biennial, University of Ulster and Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. The project partners were awarded a grant of €1,934,309 in 2014 and the project continues until 2018. 

Watch this film about Future Lights 2015: