Indigenous Ceramic Award
Established under the patronage of acclaimed artist Dr Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher (Thainakuith), the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA) is the most prestigious national award for Indigenous ceramics, showcasing new and exciting developments in the field. The acquisitive prize attracts ceramic works from Indigenous artists across Australia and builds on SAM’s significant holdings of Indigenous ceramics. Presented on Yorta Yorta Country, the Award provides a national platform for artists to share personal, historical and cultural learnings from Country, supporting the rich and diverse use of the ceramic medium by Indigenous artists. The major $20,000 prize celebrates innovation in ceramic practice, much like its partner prize the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award, also hosted biennially at SAM. The ICA also includes a $5000 South-East Australian Aboriginal Artist Prize, dedicated to local practice, and a $1500 People’s Choice Award. Previous prize winners have included Jack Anselmi and Aunty Cynthia Hardie, Vera Cooper, Janet Fieldhouse, Irene Mbitjana Entata, Danie Mellor, Rona Rubuntja, Yhonnie Scarce and Carol Anilyuru Williams. The exhibition of shortlisted 2022 finalists will be presented at SAM from August 13 to December 4, 2022.
NOTE: The dates provided are current and speculative. Many Australian and international arts organisations remain closed in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions. Please refer to institutional websites for further details.