Indigenous Ceramic Award | Shortlisted artists

The biennial ‘Indigenous Ceramic Art Award’ (ICA) presented by Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is a highlight on the Victorian arts calendar later this month with an exhibition of the shortlisted artists which opens with the announcement of the winners on 25 August, and continues to 11 November. Curated by Belinda Briggs, SAM’s Community Engagement Officer – Indigenous, and Anna Briers, Curator, SAM.

The 2018 ‘ICA’ artists Dean Cross, Jackie Wirramanda, Jan Goongaja Griffiths, Janet Fieldhouse, Jock Puautjimi, Penny Evans and Yhonnie Scarce have been invited to create a new body of work for the exhibition.

Dean Cross in clay pit. Community / language group: Worimi. Courtesy the artist and Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria

Cross, will present a site-specific work that will be responsive to the architecture that confines it and will continue to respond directly to the situation it is presented in. His work seeks to challenge the Western canon of memorial statuary. Worimi, ACT.

Wirramanda’s work incorporates the colours of Lake Tyrell, a site, which is both locally and culturally significant to the artist; it is a place referred to by the old people as one where the earth met the heavens. The work will represent the Creation story of Larnankurrk (seven sisters) of Wergaia area. Wergaia, VIC.

Griffiths shares family history, including her father’s experience as an Indigenous stockman working for rations at Victoria River Station, NT in the 1940s. The work will continue in her practice of creating small figurines. Miriwoonga/Ngarinyman, WA.

Fieldhouse, will deliver large scale sculptural forms, exploring themes such as the narrative of storytelling, abstract scarification, the beauty of landscapes, and sharing of knowledge. Torres Strait Islands, QLD.

Puautjimi presents lidded and unlidded vase forms, which continue to explore Tiwi graphic mark making. Some lids will have symbolic sculptural pieces affixed, and will also include representations of traditional pukamani poles. Tiwi, NT.

Penny Evans, Waterhole Spirits, 2018, dimensions variable. Community / language group: Gamilarany/Gomeroi. © the artist. Courtesy the artist and Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria

Evans presents Thanggall and Giinbay (large and small freshwater mussel) ceramic forms, utilising terracotta, black and white clays. Gamilaraay/Gomeroi, NSW.

Scarce combines her signature glass vessels with ceramic forms, making reference to the oppressive behaviours that occurred during Aboriginal domestic’s employment, and how Aboriginal women were kept; hidden, covered and imprisoned. Kokathat/Nukunu, VIC.

The 2018 Judges are: Stephen Gilchrist, Associate Lecturer of Indigenous Art, University of Sydney; Genevieve Grieves, Manager, First Peoples Department at Museums Victoria; and Dr Rebecca Coates, Director, Shepparton Art Museum.

The ‘ICA’ spotlights new and exciting developments in the field of ceramics while supporting artists to explore new projects, and provides a national platform to share personal, historical and cultural knowledge.

Shepparton Art Museum
25 August to 11 November, 2018