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2017 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award at SAM

Featuring shortlisted artist: Glenn Barkley, Karen Black, Laith McGregor, Jenny Orchard and Yasmin Smith.
Congratulations to Jenny Orchard for winning the major $50,000 acquisitive prize for her work, The Imagined Possibility of Unity (2017). She populated her gallery with such wonderfully eccentric beings. See the expose of images following.

The 2017 Award was 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.

Saturday 17 June to Sunday 13 August 2017

Fun road trip to SAM for the artist talks and the announcement. This prize is going from strength to strength. Selection of four Australian artists whose proposals best explored how the ceramic process can be used to flesh-out a conceptual concern. With a stipend of $2000 (I believe) and a gallery space, all four artists really invested in the opportunity and each presented a su…
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A 'soft eye' on the works that wowed me at the Awards this year. Congratulations to staff at Craft on the securing of the additional gallery in Collins Place which, alongside Craft's three galleries and the furniture display in the Sofitel lobby provided an grand overview of contemporary craft in 2017. 

3 June - 8 July 2017 Craft, Flinders Lane, Melbourne.
The Winner of the Ceramic Award $5,000 is KATHERINE WHEELER
Supported by a generous Craft Victoria donor This quiet and gentle work was not overlooked by the judges amongst many larger and more grandiose entries. Sensitive use of materials and an individual way of cobbling together components to make hybrid forms. This jeweller reminds us that clay can also have an intimate relationship to the body as adornment as well as utensil.
The Winner of the Chair’s Award for Innovation ($1,000) is ANNA DAVERN
Supported by Lousje Skala, Chair of the Board at Craft Victoria
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