Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is delighted to announce the five shortlisted artists who will present new artworks in the 2017 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award (SMFACA). The Award celebrates and promotes contemporary Australian artists working in the ceramic medium. With $50,000 in prize money, the SMFACA cements its place as the premier Australian acquisitive ceramic art award.

 The 2017 shortlisted artists are:

  • Glenn Barkley
  • Karen Black
  • Laith McGregor
  • Jenny Orchard
  • Yasmin Smith

The shortlisted artists will present their new bodies of work at SAM from 17 June to 13 August 2017. The winner for this acquisitive prize will be announced during the exhibition’s official opening event on Saturday 17 June 2017. Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of public programs and floor talks, with details to be announced in April 2017.

The 2017 Award will be judged by Jacqueline Doughty, Curatorial Manager, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, The University of Melbourne; Jason Smith, Director, Geelong Art Gallery; and Dr Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum.

ABOUT THE AWARD

With $50,000 in prize money, the SMFACA cements its place as the premier Australian acquisitive ceramic art award. Following on from the 2015 the Award which featured outstanding new works by Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Penny Byrne, Adam John Cullen, Sanné Mestrom and Ruth Hutchinson, the SMFACA continues to be at the leading edge of presenting contemporary ceramic practice.

The SMFACA has offered Australian audiences the opportunity to view the best contemporary ceramic art for over 12 years. With ceramics increasingly utilised by a number of emerging and established contemporary artists, as recent exhibitions such as the 2016 Adelaide Biennial reflected, the possibilities for the medium has significantly expanded. So too have the ideas and themes examined by the artists through this medium. 

 HISTORY OF THE AWARD

The SMFACA is a major national Award and has evolved over its many year history. It began in 1991 as the Sidney Myer Fund Australia Day Ceramic Award, and evolved into the Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Art Award in 1997, with the aim of providing an unprecedented opportunity for a major international ceramic award and exhibition in Australia. In 2009, SAM reviewed the Award, and it returned to a format that showcases and supports contemporary Australian artists. The Award now celebrates and promotes contemporary Australian artists working in the ceramic medium. With ceramics increasingly utilised by a number of emerging and established contemporary artists, as recent exhibitions such as the 2016 Adelaide Biennial reflected, the possibilities for the medium has significantly expanded. So too have the ideas and themes examined by the artists through this medium. 

Information for International Applicants

We regret to inform international artists that the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award is now only open to Australian artists. We are grateful to previous participants of the SMFACA, and hope you will stay engaged with the outcomes of the Award.

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