Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award

Entries for the 2017 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award (SMFACA) will open on Thursday 27 October 2016, with a $50,000 prize awarded to one of five shortlisted Australian artists.

2017 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Cermic Award - Click here to submit your application

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. 

The 2017 SMFACA exhibition will run from 17 June to 13 August 2017. Five recipients of the Award will each receive a $2,000 stipend to produce a body of work for exhibition at SAM. Costs associated with the exhibition will be borne by the Art Museum, including freight and the production of a fully illustrated catalogue. The Art Museum will also pay airfares and accommodation for recipient artists to attend the opening event and present at the associated seminar. Artists will work with the support of curatorial staff at SAM throughout the planning of their exhibitions.

There will be approximately five months between the announcement of Award recipients and the delivery of works to SAM. One of the five shortlisted artists will be awarded a $50,000 acquisitive cash prize, and their work will enter the SAM Collection. The prize winning work will be announced at the official opening on Saturday 17 June 2017. 

IMPORTANT DATES

Applications open Thursday 27 October 2016
Applications close Wednesday 7 December, 4pm AEDT
(Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time)
Artists advised of selection Friday 16 December (Approx. 5 months to installation)
Freight ready for delivery to SAM Monday 15 May 2017
Installation period Monday 5 to 16 June 2017
Exhibition opening, prize announcement Saturday 17 June 2017
Seminar and workshops Dates to be advised in 2017
Exhibition Dates Saturday 17 June to Sunday 13 August 2017
Artworks dispatched for return to artists September 2017

 

ONLINE ENTRY FORM

Entries can only be submitted online via our Online Entry Form. You will need to read the Conditions of Entry before submitting your application. It is recommended applicants also read the Helpful Hints section below for useful advice on how to successfully submit the online application. Entries close on Wednesday 7 December 2016, 4pm AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time).

Helpful hints

It is recommended that you pre-type your application into a word processing program first, and then copy and paste the text across into the application. If you are having trouble re-sizing images, there are free online programs such as Picnik http://www.picnik.com/ which allow you to easily edit images. If you require further assistance with your application contact us at the Art Museum.

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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