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2014 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award Applications Now Open

Applications for the 2014 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award (ICAA) at Shepparton Art Museum (Victoria) are now open. With a combined prize pool of $33 000, the ICAA is the premier national award for Indigenous artists working in ceramics.

Shepparton Art Museum’s 2014 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award (ICAA) is the fourth in the series of this biennial event. Previous prize winners include Janet Fieldhouse, Cynthia Vogler, Vera Cooper, Danie Mellor, Rona Rubuntja, Irene Mbitjana Entata and Carol Anilyuru Williams.

First Prize $20, 000 Acquisitive
Second Prize $10, 000 Acquisitive
Encouragement Award (for a Victorian artist) $3, 000 Acquisitive

The 2014 ICAA exhibition will run from 16 May to 10 August 2014 at the Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria.

The ICAA celebrates and supports the rich and diverse use of the ceramic medium by Indigenous artists, promoting the inclusion of Indigenous ceramics into exhibitions and collections throughout Australia. The Award also provides cultural exchange through a public program of workshops, talks and other events.

‘Established under the patronage of late acclaimed artist Dr Gloria Thanakupi Fletcher, this Award celebrates and supports the rich and diverse use of ceramic medium by Indigenous artists and acknowledges the special industry of ceramic art,’ SAM Director Kirsten Paisley said. ‘As an acquisitive award, it contributes to the Art Museum’s significant holdings of Australian ceramic art.’

‘Greater Shepparton City Council encourages Indigenous artists to take up this remarkable opportunity to exhibit at SAM, where Australia’s best ceramic collection is housed,’ Mayor Jenny Houlihan said. ‘Previous award winners have gone on to reap benefits from their participation; being exhibited commercially and collected by other institutions.’

The Indigenous Ceramic Art Award is proudly supported by major partners; Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation, Margaret Lawrence Bequest and Mr Allan Myers AO QC, and sponsor S & J Rothfield Family Fund. Shepparton Art Museum is proudly provided by Greater Shepparton City Council.

Applications for the 2014 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award close Friday 7 March 2014, at 5pm EST. Entry forms can be downloaded from SAM’s website at www.sheppartonartmuseum.com.au/2014-indigenous-ceramic-art-award  

For high-resolution images of past ICAA artists’ works, or to arrange an interview with the SAM Director, please contact SAM Marketing Co-ordinator Amina Barolli on (03) 5832 9522 or amina.barolli@shepparton.vic.gov.au.  

SAM Foundation Call for Inaugural Board Members (9 positions)

Mr Gavin Cator, CEO of Greater Shepparton City Council, is seeking expressions of interest from individuals to join the inaugural Shepparton Art Museum Foundation Board (SAM Foundation).

Mr Gavin Cator, CEO of Greater Shepparton City Council, is seeking expressions of interest from individuals to join the inaugural Shepparton Art Museum Foundation Board (SAM Foundation). 

The SAM Foundation is being established as a company limited by guarantee to undertake a significant capital drive for a new expanded Art Museum, and to grow funds to benefit the SAM collection and program.  The SAM Foundation, founded by Mr Cator, will have deductible gift recipient status which will provide a new opportunity for SAM in generating greater philanthropic giving and thereby increasing its capacity to exhibit greater quality works. It will be a repository for gifts and bequests made for the long-term benefit of SAM and the broader community.

The preamble of the Trust Deed states that the Foundation’s purpose is to “assist and support the Shepparton Art Museum through fundraising and investment” and to “support the operation and strategies of the Shepparton Art Museum”.

Expressions of interest are sought from individuals with the desire and capacity to gift and raise funds and those with an understanding of the importance of SAM for the Goulburn Valley. Individuals with skills in the philanthropic, financial investment, legal, business and marketing sectors are encouraged to contact SAM Director Kirsten Paisley on m: 0403 423 998 to discuss their involvement.  Expressions of interest will close 6 December 2013.  

We invite interested members of the public to an information session to be held at SAM, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton on Monday 11 November at 5.30pm. Please RSVP by phoning SAM on (03) 5832 9861.    

SAM is open 7 days from 10am to 4pm (public holidays 1pm to 4pm). Shepparton Art Museum is proudly provided by Greater Shepparton City Council, located at 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton. For general SAM enquiries and bookings please contact: (03) 5832 9861 or email art.museum@shepparton.vic.gov.au.