Belmore ITCH (Institute for Try-hard Ceramicists and Handicrafters) was a creative research environment that encouraged people to explore ideas through cultural, material or any other engagement with ceramics. People operating in non-arts related fields were particularly encouraged to apply. Artists already working in ceramics were not eligible for the opportunity. All applications were assessed by Dean, the resident dog.
Co-founded by, Josie Cavallaro and Somchai Charoen, Belmore ITCH developed in response to dwindling studio opportunities for people to experiment and realise ideas in ceramics outside of learning institutions. Belmore ITCH was 100% artist funded and run. The project was situated on the traditional land of the Bediagal people in the Sydney suburb of Belmore. The project ran from 2011-2015. Belmore ITCH hosted residencies, performances, commissions and studio barbecues (any excuse for a firing). The project ceased in 2015, when the couple became parents. The decision was made to channel their precious studio time to their independent art practices.