Established under the patronage of acclaimed artist Dr Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher (Thainakuith), the Shepparton Art Museum 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, this Award provides a national platform to share personal, historical and deep cultural learnings from artists and Country. It celebrates and supports the rich and diverse use of the ceramic medium by Indigenous artists and acknowledges the special industry of ceramic art.
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.
13 August – 04 December 2022
Wednesday 9 March 2022 Applications open
Friday 3 June 2022 Applications close
Friday 10 June 2022 Shortlisted artists advised
Wednesday 27 July 2022 Works to be delivered to SAM
Saturday 13 August 2022 Exhibition opens
Saturday 15 October 2022 Awards ceremony
Saturday 15 – Sunday 16 October 2022 Community showcase events
Friday 9 December 2022 Works returned to artists. SAM to cover return transit costs.
Major Acquisitive Prize $20,000
South-East Australian Aboriginal Artist Prize $5,000
People's Choice Award $1,500
Information for applicants
Please review the following information before submitting your application
Online Application form
We welcome enquiries from interested artists, curators, creative practitioners and community groups wishing to apply to exhibit in the 2022 ICA.
To discuss your application prior to submission, or for further information about the application process, please contact SAM via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Belinda Briggs, SAM Curator – Indigenous on: 03 4804 5000