SAM Indigenous Ceramic Award

The Shepparton Art Museum $20,000 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.


Acquisitive Prize

This Award supports Indigenous artists to pursue aspirational projects in the medium, and provides a national platform to share personal, historical and deep cultural learnings from artist 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.

To assist the artists to create their dynamic body of work, finalists receive a development fee to help support the production builds on SAM’s significant holdings of Indigenous ceramics.

“I think Indigenous ceramics have always been around, if you consider the long term practice of Ernabella and Hermannsburg Potters.  However, it is initiatives like the Indigenous Ceramic Award that have brought such practices to the fore.”

Yhonnie Scarce, Indigenous Ceramic Award winner 2018. Pictured with her winning work, Servant and Slave, 2018


The ICA is supported by principal partners Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation and Mr Allan Myers AC QC.

Learning and engagement partner University of Melbourne.

Image: Jackie Wirramanda, Larnankurrk, Seven Sisters, A Story in the Stars, 2018.

Home page image: Penny Evans, Mussell Man 1, 2018.