SAM Indigenous Ceramics Award

Medium / category: Ceramics

Eligibility: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists

Associated institution: SAM

Established under the patronage of acclaimed artist Dr Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher James AO (Thainakuith), the Shepparton Art Museum Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA) is a 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. It celebrates and supports the rich and diverse use of the ceramic medium by Indigenous artists and acknowledges the special industry of ceramic art.

Presented on Yorta Yorta Country, this Award provides a national platform to share personal, historical and deep cultural learnings from artists and Country. Showcasing developments of emerging and established artists, their works weave tensions between the precision of hand-thrown or built forms, and organic or formal sculpture. The mark-making of new and ancient journeys are traced in sgraffito, forging the new paths of tomorrow.

Notable Previous Winners


  • Anne Nginyangka Thompson, Strong Family Connection

Winner: Major Acquisitive Prize

  • Sean Miller, Galibaay on Country

Winner: South-East Australian Aboriginal Artist Prize

The Different Award Categories

The award categories include the $20,000 Major Acquisitive Prize and the $5,000 South-East Australian Aboriginal Artist Prize. In addition, there is a People’s Choice award, chosen by the exhibition visitors.

Information up to date from June 14 2023