Sep 2019

Event with Professor David Spiegelhalter on 28th September

Wednesday 18th September 2019

I’m looking forward to being in conversation with the Executive Director of the British Ceramics Biennial, Iain Cartwright together with the statistician Professor David Spiegelhalter on Saturday 28th September. We’ll be talking about the pricing algorithm and some of the ideas behind Accolade as well as our thoughts around data, art, chance, luck, value and much more!

The event begins at 3pm in the Great China Hall of the old Spode Factory in Stoke-on-Trent as part of the 2019 British Ceramics Biennial.

Accolade at the British Ceramics Biennial 2019

Friday 6th September

The British Ceramics Biennial 2019 opens on Saturday 7th September and I’m extremely excited to be presenting a new work titled Accolade as part of this year’s exhibition at the old Spode factory.


Accolade is a participatory artwork reflecting on the complex forces at play in the drive for success. The installation contains masses of slumped ceramic trophies which, like a procession of susceptible egos, struggle to keep their balance in a questionable glory parade.

All trophies are available for sale and a selection of them contain up to a thousand pounds worth of gold bullion within the fired clay. It’s impossible to know in advance which trophies contain the gold and the only way to be truly sure would be to smash the purchased artwork.

The price of each trophy is as variable as the individual purchasing it. I collaborated with the statistician and author of The Art of Statistics Professor David Spiegelhalter to develop a questionnaire and algorithm which calculates a personally adjusted price depending on an individual’s circumstances and chances of societal success. The aim of the algorithm is a playful contemplation of a fairer world of art pricing.


Accolade is funded and supported by Arts Council England, the European Ceramics Work Centre (sundaymorning@EKWC), Jingedenzhen International Studio and Wysing Arts Centre.

The British Ceramics Biennial 2019 is on at the old Spode Factory in Stoke-on-Trent from 7th September to 13th October 2019.