by Patsy Hely, President
The last few weeks have been sad ones with the passing away of two senior members of the ceramic community, Shigeo Shiga (1928 – 2011) and Bernard Sahm (1926 – 2011). Shiga and Bernard made significant contributions to Australian ceramics, providing inspiration and generously sharing their skills and knowledge with legions of students and practitioners. The Association has sent its condolences to Shiga’s family and to Bernard’s family and expressed appreciation for the roles the two played in enlivening and helping develop ceramics in this country. They will be remembered with much fondness.
In early April, issue 50/1 of the Journal will be out and the Association would like to thank Robyn Phelan for acting as Guest Editor. The focus of this issue is ceramics and the body and Robyn has gathered together a fresh range of perspectives on the area.
Also in this issue is a call for entries from current students of ceramics for the first Trudie Alfred Bequest Ceramic Scholarships. The Terms & Conditions and the Application are currently with Arts Law for final advice and thanks to Vicki and Ros Bonser for the work they have done on getting these somewhat complicated documents ready. We are thrilled and very grateful to Trudie Alfred to be able to offer these first five scholarships this year. Applications close on 21 September with successful applicants notified in late November 2011. The scholarships will be formally awarded at the closing event of the PROmotion exhibition at Manly Art Gallery and Museum on Sunday 22 January 2012. In marking the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Association’s journal, the PROmotion exhibition celebrates the work of emerging practitioners – making it a nice mesh with The Trudie Alfred Bequest’s support of students of ceramics.
Interest in PROmotion has been strong with curator Michael Keighery reporting that approximately 35 artists will be involved in the pre-exhibition blog, ready to be launched any day now. Likewise, interest in the Association’s biennial exhibition, The Narrative Knot has been strong with 59 expressions of interest sent on to curator Gerry Wedd.
Vicki Grima and Ashley McHutchison will be representing the Association at Woodfire Tasmania 2011, being held in Deloraine from 28 April – 1 May. If you are attending and you have any requests or suggestions or you need any information in relation to the Association’s activities or services, they’ll be very happy to discuss these with you.
Over the coming months the Association will be holding its meetings in a number of different venues. The Powerhouse Museum is undergoing renovations and the usual meeting room is unavailable for the remainder of the year so we are taking the opportunity to move around educational and other institutions and to hold the Annual General Meeting, for the first time I think, outside Sydney, in Canberra. The first ‘guest’ venue is Sydney College of the Arts and we thank Jan Guy for hosting this and for acting as a guest speaker. Venues for the coming meetings will be announced as they are finalized.
Our next meeting is on Wednesday 18 May 2011 @ 6.30pm at the National Art School, Darlinghurst, Sydney.
We welcome these new members:
Joan Smith, Shirley Battrick, Helen Timbury, Rosemary Johnston, Frances Lockett, Linda Davy, Robyn Phelan, Picone, Jan Howlin, Graeme Foote, Dawn Thirlaway, Sophy Blake, Tova Hoffman, Su Brown, Carolanne Wasley, Susan Frost, Elaine Mapstone, Rosanna Caldwell, Jessie McLennan, Elizabeth Borghero, Enid Wilkinson, Malcolm Greenwood, Henrietta Norris, Julie Pennington, Sandra Lee Brown, Nazmi Ozucelik, Ingrid Tristram and Jacquie Campbell.
Congratulations to Jeff Mincham! MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA; For service to the visual arts as a ceramic artist, to a range of contemporary craft organisations, and to the community of South Australia. Jeff is a ceramic artist who established, and was head of, the Ceramics Workshop at the Jam Factory in Adelaide for 5 years. He is represented in over 100 public and private collections in Australia and overseas.
2011 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award opened on 30 March, with judge Grace Cochrane awarding the following prizes: Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, 1st Prize: Christopher Headley; Valley of the Arts Acquisitive Award: Paul Wood; Other works acquired for the collection: Brian Keyte, Robyne Latham, Tina Lee and Vipoo Srivilasa. The exhibition continues 16 April; T: 03 9840 9367; E: firstname.lastname@example.org
i heART japan In the days following the devastating 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Brisbane-based Japanese ceramic artist Kenji Uranishi and his wife Sonia felt overwhelmed with sadness and a sense of helplessness being so far away and unable to help. The result: i heART japan, a beautiful collection of work by a talented group of artists including ceramicists, painters, photographers and designers to be auctioned on eBay from Friday 8 April (3pm EST) and ending Sunday 10 April (8pm EST); http://myworld.ebay.com.au/i_heart_japan; The work can be previewed on Facebook in advance of the auction: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=196940070336811&aid=45605 Net proceeds of the auction will be donated to the Red Cross Japan and Pacific Appeal 2011.