Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) showcases exhibitions and collections in new and exciting ways to create a welcoming, inclusive and engaging space for all audiences. Artists are central to the Museum’s work. SAM’s programming is designed to be locally relevant and engage with global contemporary ideas. The Museum is recognised for its significant Australian ceramics collection, and their nationally significant collection of Indigenous art. As the only public art museum in Greater Shepparton and north central Victoria, SAM’s mission is to present great art in Shepparton, and to contribute to the cultural enrichment, community engagement and economic prosperity of the region.
Established under the patronage of acclaimed artist 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. 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. Applications for the 2022 ICA award open on 9 March, and the exhibition opens 13 August, 2022.
The Australian Ceramic Award (ACA) celebrates and promotes contemporary Australian artists working in the ceramic medium.
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Featured image: Lin Onus: The Land Within, installation view, 2021, Shepparton Art Museum. Photo: Cam Matheson. Courtesy: the artist and Shepparton Art Museum, Shepparton.