18th Angelina Alós Ceramics Biennale
Ceramics and all clay-related production have always been an essential part of Esplugues’ history. It is currently represented in a variety of different spaces: Can Tinturé Museum contains a collection of tiles representative of pre-industrial ceramics; “La Rajoleta” Ceramics Museum explains industrialisation in the manufacture of ceramics; and finally, Espai Baronda is exhibiting a collection of works by the ceramist Angelina Alós, a great representative of contemporary ceramics, as well as some of the winning works from previous Esplugues ceramics biennales.
In 1986 Esplugues Town Council made official the organisation of the “Vila d’Esplugues” Ceramics Award, an originally annual competition now held every two years. The aim of this award is to encourage participants to re-engage and experiment with new forms of artistic expression through the art of ceramics. In memory of Angelina Alós (Valencia, 1917 – Barcelona, 1997), who was a member of the International Academy of Ceramics, had close ties with the city of Esplugues and founded the Award in 1998 as part of the 10th edition of the Ceramics Biennale, the event now bears her name. In the last edition, which included many international entries,146 works were submitted and 24 of these were selected.
In this year’s edition, the 18th, changes have been made to the dates of the competition to make it coincide with the 47th Congress of the International Academy of Ceramics, which will be held in Barcelona from 12 to 16 September. The Biennale exhibition and other activities organised by the Museums of Esplugues are part of the programme of the Congress.