by Patsy Hely, President
I’d like to wish members all the very best for the coming year. The Journal of Australian Ceramics’ 50th year (a semicentennial I believe!) is shaping up as an interesting one. For a ceramics magazine to have remained productive and relevant for fifty years is no small feat and a tribute to contributions by successive generations of members and subscribers.
It is fitting at this particular time then to have two events coming up which target emerging practitioners; firstly The Trudie Alfred Bequest Ceramic Scholarships, aimed at students enrolled in ceramic courses, will be awarded for the first time later this year. Getting the paperwork and process in place for these is high on the Committee’s agenda early in the year. These will be advertised widely as soon as the preparation is complete.
Secondly, planning for JAC’s 50th anniversary exhibition, ‘Promotion’, at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum is well underway. Michael Keighery has completed the first stage of contacting those whose work has appeared in JAC’s annual national pictorial survey spreads over the past few years and the response has been great.
‘The Narrative Knot’ exhibition, with Gerry Wedd as curator, at the same venue is also on the horizon and expressions of interest for this remain open. Planning is also underway for holding one of TACA’s meetings in Canberra later in the year with a workshop to coincide with it; we’ll keep you posted.
Unfortunately, two terrific exhibitions currently on in the capital will be finished by then (Ballets Russes: The Art of Costume at the NGA and the Canning Stock Route exhibition at the NMA), so if you have a chance to get to see them now I’d recommend both.
Finally, if you followed the debates around the mission of the Powerhouse Museum in relation to the craft and design fields, and you haven’t caught up with Dawn Casey’s November speech, you can look at it here
We welcome these new members:
Cathryn Franzi, Bill Hawthorn, Seraphina Martin, Dianne Brock, Elaine Bradley, Jayne Brits, Gyeong Hee Kim, Tim Mantzouridis, Lisa Martens, Lyn Cole, Phillip Wright, Paul Gennings, Angela Walford, Maria Chatzinikolaki, Sue Fisher, Nic Auton, Terence Davies and Janine Riches.
Announcing finalists for the 2011 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award
2011 Finalists: Sue Acheson, Jill Anderson, Jane Annois, Robert Barron, Kris Coad, Amy Cohen, Sharyn Dingeldei, Ingrid Dusselberg, Neville French, Avis Gardner, Christopher Headley, Titania Henderson, Terunobu Hirata, Robyn Hosking, Wendy Jagger, Kate Jones, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Janetta Kerr-Grant, Brian Keyte, Lene Kuhl Jakobsen, Robyne Latham, Tina Lee, Darren McGinn, Lilach Mileikowski, Tracy Muirhead, Fiona Murphy, Nandita Nadkarni, Angela Nagel, John O`Loughlin, Mirta Ouro, Chandra Paul, Sarah Schembri, Tara Shackell, Petrus Spronk, Vipoo Srivilasa, Kim Tarpey, Jane Walton, Kirk Winter, Paul Wood. Opening and winners announced: Wednesday 30 March; Exhibition: 30 March – 16 April 2011; Judge: Grace Cochrane.