Major Changes Ahead for

Korean International Ceramic Biennale (KICB)!

The Korean International Ceramic Biennale (KICB), which celebrates its tenth edition in 2019, is expected to undergo significant changes, especially in regard to its “international competition”. The KICB aims to establish a platform dedicated to promoting communication and exchanges between artists and the public. The upcoming biennale will present diverse programs such as the academic symposium and workshop in a comprehensive, multitiered format within the framework of the international competition, as opposed to the past in which the biennale hosted programs individually.

The KICB International Competition 2019 – as an exhibition is a gateway for newly emerging artists to acquire a presence in the global art scene – will offer diversified support programs that will help artists expand their world view. It will continue to retain its tradition as a “competition,” though with improvements in institutional arrangements including application conditions, exhibition format, screening criteria, and support programs, yet simultaneously aim to present a new paradigm for art events, as an “international exhibition” leading the trends in ceramics and an “art forum” bringing together workshops, performances, and seminars.

KICB International Competition Exhibition

KICB International Competition Exhibition

Exhibition Period : September 27 ~ November 24, 2019(tentative)
Exhibition Place : 1, 2, 3, 4 Gallery, Icheon World Ceramic Center
Number of Participating Artists
   - Online Exhibition : No more than 300 artists who have been selected from the 1st round of portfolio screening
   - Offline Exhibition : No more than 40 artists who have been selected from the 2nd round of portfolio screening


Offline Exhibition Artist Online Exhibition Artist
Invitation of all exhibited artists (40 nominated artists + 10 online exhibition artists) to KICB
* Round-trip air ticket and accommodation are provided.
Opportunities for invited artists to participate in workshops, symposiums, and local networking programs
Opportunities for (a number of) artists to participate in foreign residency programs
Round-trip shipping fees for the art works of offline exhibition
Awards to seven (7) main nominees to be granted during exhibition period

Total Cash Prize

• KRW100,000,000(≒93,222.00USD) for seven (7) main nominees

Offline Exhibition Artist Online Exhibition Artist
Grand Prize(1) Excellence Prize(4) Special Award(2)
KRW50,000,000 (≒46,620.00USD)
(includes purchase price) +
KICB2021 Solo Exhibition
Ceramics for Use: 2
KRW10,000,000 (≒9,324.00USD) each
(includes purchase price)
Ceramics as Expression: 2
KRW10,000,000 (≒9,324.00USD) each
(includes purchase price)
Ceramics for Use: 1
Ceramics as Expression: 1
KRW5,000,000 (≒4,662.00USD)
※ The prize money can be claimed in the currency of choice of the winner, with the conversion being made on the basis of the closing exchange rate of the day the award is granted. The prize winners of Korean nationality or those who hold the nationality of a country with which Korea does not have an established tax treaty, will receive the amount remaining after tax has been deducted.
※ The cash prizes for the Grand Prize and Excellence Prize include the purchase value, and therefore the prize-winning works become the property of KOCEF.
※The Grand Prize winner will be invited to hold a solo exhibition during KICB 2021, and the exhibition will be funded by KOCEF up to an amount of 30 million KRW.
※ All artists participating in the offline exhibition and a partial number of artists participating in the online exhibition will be invited to participate in the inauguration of KICB 2019, workshops, symposiums, and local networking programs. In the case of artist groups, only one (1) representing individual will be invited.
※ KOCEF reserves the right to exhibit, photograph, record, screen, and publish (i.e. catalogue) prize-winning works.
※ Details of the awards above are subject to change at any time at the discretion of the KOCEF and Jury.

Guideline for Participation

Eligibility   An open call for ceramic artists of our generation

• Artists from all parts of the world are welcome to submit works, both artistic and practical, made from clay (ceramics) or made with the theme of clay (ceramics)

Category   There are two categories

Ceramics as Expression
    - Creative artworks, including sculptural works, objects, or installation works, that can be displayed indoors
    - Video (Film), sound, performance, or viewer-participating works with clay (ceramics) as subject matter

Ceramics for Use
    - Ceramic works in the form of a vessel, even if they were produced as artworks and do not serve any practical function, are categorized as “Ceramics for Use”
    - Creative ceramic works with practical functions or design elements
        ※ Including tableware, teaware, lighting, accessories, and home décor objects

Condition for Application

• There are neither age nor nationality restrictions.
• Applicants may apply as an individual or as a team (One (1) team is equivalent to one (1) individual applicant).
• Applicants must submit a portfolio with works created within the past three (3) years.
  ※ Portfolio must include at least one (1) entry that are available for exhibition.
  ※ These one (1) entry shall not have previously received an award in another competition, either domestic or international.
  ※ Failure to meet any of the above requirements will result in disqualification in the screening process. In the event that an award-winning entry is subsequently revealed to have failed to meet the above requirements, prizes may be retroactively reclaimed.
• Exhibition space of each individual artist shall be no larger than 500cm (w), 500cm (l), 250cm (h).

Official Languages

• All documents and the proceeding shall be in Korean and English.

How to Apply

Period : October 1 (Mon) – 31 (Wed), 2018
Method : Online submissions (ic.gicb.kr)
Submission Requirements : Artist profile, exhibition proposal, portfolio (10 images; format: JPG; resolution: 300 pixel or above; artist’s statement), exhibition floor plan, installation guidelines

※ Portfolio must include at least one (1) entry that are available for exhibition.
※ Detail images of works may be submitted, but they will not count toward the total number of entries in the portfolio (max. 10).
※ Video and media art entries must be submitted through the online application website with still-cut images and original files.
※ Entries involving sound media must be submitted through the online application website with original files and mark that it is a sound media.

Assessment and Outcome

Selection Process : Screening and assessment of online submissions will be carried out.
① No more than 300 artists will be selected (for online exhibition) through screening of portfolios by a jury comprised of experts from both Korea and abroad.
② Feasibility assessment
③ No more than 40 artists will be selected (for offline exhibition) through screening of portfolios by jury comprised of experts from both Korea and abroad.
④ A total of seven (7) main nominees will be selected by experts from both Korea and abroad and the general public during the exhibition period.

Online Assessment of Portfolios

Period : November 13(Tue) ~ 28(Wed), 2018 / Feasibility Assessment: ~ December 14 (Fri)
Announcement of Results : December 7(Fri), 2018(tentative)
Onsite Assessment for Awards and Award Ceremony : During KICB 2019

Korea Ceramic Foundation KICB2019 Office
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