Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award 2010

Anne Wenzel 'Hell Hounds' ceramic, metal

The recipients of the 2010 Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award Commissions are; 


The calibre of submission overall, the technical expression and the considered statements provided by artists was commendable. The new format of the award presents a different challenge, requiring artists to conceive and present a whole exhibition rather than just one work. The Shepparton Art Museum appreciates the considerable effort undertaken by artists through the process of application.

Judging Panel

The judging panel comprised of the following people;

Kim Dickey - Associate Professor Department of Art and Art History, University of Colorado   Charlotte Day - Freelance Curator, Associate Curator Australian Centre for Contemporary Art  Kirsten Paisley - Director Shepparton Art Museum

Shortlisted Artists 

There were a total of 212 entrants across the three categories and judging was an engaging and stimulating experience. The panel was unanimous on the short listing of the following people:

AUSTRALIAN: Gerry Wedd, Kirsten Coelho, Stephen Benwell
EMERGING: Amy Craig, Cyrus (Wai Kwang) Tang, Paul Wood
INTERNATIONAL: Anne Wenzel (Netherlands), Andrea Salvatori (Italy), Aino Nebel (Germany)


Entries for the new award, The Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Art Award, are now closed for both Australian and International ceramic artists.

With an expansion to $55,000 in prize monies, the new award confirms its place as the premier Australian/International acquisitive art award. With the hindsight of hosting ten international awards in its previous guise, the art museum has made a number of significant changes. These changes are intended to provide better career development opportunities for Australian ceramicists, more strategic collecting for the gallery, and a greater depth to the exhibition and associated publishing.

There will be three recipients of the award, each of whom will receive a significant stipend to produce a body of work for exhibition, on the understanding that the Art Museum will select one work for its collection. 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.

There will be six months between the announcement of award recipients and the delivery of works to sam.

Recipients will be selected under the following categories;

Australian Artist AUD$25,000 (cash component)
International Artist AUD$25,000 (cash component)
*Emerging Australian AUD$5,000 (cash component)

Above represents the cash amount which artists will be awarded. However significant other expenses will also be covered.  For the International artist these equal an additional $15k and the Australian categories, and additional $7.5k each. These expenses include airfares and accommodation to attend the exhibition opening event and seminar, a solo exhibition, freight and insurance of artwork, and a detailed catalogue with essay.

*Artists applying for the Emerging Australian category must have ceramics as their primary arts practise and have been producing less than ten years. All applications for the award are to be completed online.


Applications close Friday 2 April 2010
Artists advised of selection Monday 19 April 2010 (6 months to installation)
Delivery of artworks to sam. Friday 23 October 2010
Exhibition Opening Friday 3 December
Exhibition Dates 27 November 2010 to 22 January 2011
Seminar and workshops Saturday 4 December to  Sunday 5 December
Artworks despatched for return to artists February 2011


The Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Art Award in association with La Trobe University was established by Shepparton Art Museum in 1997 to provide an unprecedented opportunity for a major international ceramic award and exhibition in Australia. This biennale award developed from the Sidney Myer Fund Australia Day Ceramic Award, a national prize established in 1991. The award has offered Australian audiences the opportunity to view contemporary ceramic art from around the globe for ten years. The supporting seminar and master-class workshops with the International judge, provided a platform for cross-cultural learning and exchange.

The closing of the new format award exhibition, the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Art Award in January 2011, will mark 20 years of award exhibitions funded in partnership between the Sidney Myer Fund and the Shepparton Art Museum. If you would like to make a financial contribution to the continuation of the award or additional acquisitions please see our page on ‘Giving'.