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SAM announces 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA) shortlisted artists

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is delighted to announce the seven shortlisted artists who will present work in the 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA) in August this year. The Award celebrates and supports the rich and diverse use of the ceramic medium by Indigenous artists and art collectives and acknowledges the unique talents of ceramic artists.

The winner of the $20,000 acquisitive prize will be announced at the exhibition’s official opening event on Saturday 25 August 2018 at SAM.

The 2018 ICA is the sixth in the series of SAM’s biennial Awards, showcasing new and exciting developments in the field. It contributes to the Art Museum’s significant holdings of Indigenous ceramic art, and provides cultural exchange opportunities for Indigenous artists from regional Victoria and around Australia.

The 2018 shortlisted artists are:

  • Dean Cross, Worimi, ACT
  • Jackie Wirramanda, Wergaia, VIC
  • Jan Goongaja Griffiths, Miriwoong/Ngarinyman – Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, WA
  • Janet Fieldhouse, Torres Strait Islands, QLD
  • Jock Puautjimi, Tiwi – Tiwi Design Aboriginal Corporation, NT
  • Penny Evans, Gamilaraay/Gomeroi, NSW
  • Yhonnie Scarce, Kokatha/Nukunu, SA


The seven shortlisted applicants have been invited to present a substantial body of new work for display at SAM from 25 August to 11 November 2018. Accompanying the exhibition will be a series of public programs and associated events that will provide skills and knowledge exchange. A full colour exhibition catalogue will also be produced and available for purchase from the SAM shop.

Judging the finalist in the 2018 ICA 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 2018 ICA’s Project Curator is Belinda Briggs, Community Engagement Officer – Indigenous, working with Anna Briers, Curator, Shepparton Art Museum.

Previous Awards winners include, Kaiela Arts artists, Jack Anselmi and Cynthia Hardie in 2016, Bankstown Koori Elders Group in 2014, Janet Fieldhouse in 2011 and 2007 and Danie Mellor in 2009.

The 2018 ICA is developed in partnership with the Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation and Mr Allan Myers AC QC.

Important Dates:

Exhibition opens to the public

Saturday 25 August

Exhibition official opening and Award announcement

Saturday 25 August

Exhibition dates

Saturday 25 August to Sunday 11 November

For further information, print quality images, or to arrange interviews with SAM staff, please contact Medialink:

Katrina Raymond (03) 96633222 or email

Louis Raymond (03) 96633222 or email

SAM Local Exhibitions to Open in March

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) goes local from 29 March to 13 May, spotlighting the practice of regional artists with three exhibitions, SAM Local Spotlight, SAM Local: Best of Friends and SAM Education Lab.
An official opening will be held on Wednesday 28 March from 5.30 to 7.30pm, and all are welcome to attend and support their local artists.

SAM Local Spotlight is an exciting, profile-raising exhibition for a regional artist, this year, Kate Hill. In a work that takes her directly back to her childhood farm in Boorhaman, North East Victoria, and to the banks of the Goulburn River, Shepparton, Kate Hill continues her investigation of local clays, industry and the intersection of waterways. 

Every year the talents of the Friends of SAM are showcased in an exhibition which brings together the works of community artists practising in painting, drawing, textiles, sculpture, photography and design. SAM Local: Best of Friends highlights this diversity, and the artists’ commitment and skills. The opening event provides an opportunity to meet the artists, celebrate their artistic talent and their contributions to our creative community. Friends are invited to showcase their work at SAM. If you’d like to download an application form, click here, and for information on becoming a Friend of SAM, click here.

The SAM Education Lab will be an evolving exhibition process that will see a range of schools and educational groups work with an artist to transform the gallery space on a weekly basis. Students’ work will remain in the gallery space over six weeks, providing them with the opportunity to see their work displayed in the galleries in an open lab-style mode of display. Masato Takasaka is the first practicing artist to take up residency in the Education Lab for six weeks from 29 March to 13 May 2018. Save the date for the closing party of SAM’s inaugural Education Lab on Monday 7 May, 6 to 8pm.

SAM Director, Dr Rebecca Coates said:

“These are great projects that engage artists and communities across our region, telling unique stories, inviting people of all ages to get involved with SAM’s programs and activities, and be inspired by the amazing creativity and imagination on our own doorstep.”

Local media preview:                Tuesday 27 March, 10.30am

Exhibition Dates:                      Thursday 29 March – Sunday 13 of May 2018
Official Opening:                      Wednesday 28 March, 5.30 – 7.30pm

Featuring music by Wade Gregory and Brian Matthews.

RSVP: or call (03) 5832 9861

For further information please contact SAM Marketing Officers Amina Barolli or Trent Howard on (03) 5832 9494.