Belmore ITCH (Institute for Try-hard Ceramicists and Handicrafters) is an informal creative residency and research environment that encourages people to explore ideas through cultural, material or any other engagement with ceramics.
Established in 2011 by Josie Cavallaro and Somchai Charoen this residency was developed in response to the dwindling studio opportunities for people to experiment and realise ideas in the medium outside of learning institutions.
Belmore ITCH is artist funded and situated in a suburban backyard in Belmore, NSW (16km South West of Sydney CBD).
Belmore ITCH aims to create a framework for non-ceramic artists to re-think their practice through this often overlooked medium in contemporary art. Residencies, projects and commissions facilitated by Belmore ITCH also aim to encourage people operating in non-arts fields to develop innovative responses and/or material applications to ceramics.