by Patsy Hely, President
Finalisation of the 50th anniversary celebration is a TACA priority at the moment. We have negotiated for the celebration to be held at Manly Art Gallery and Museum, 5.30-7.30pm on Sunday 22 January 2012. This will be the final day of the Association’s exhibitions, The Narrative Knot and PROmotion, and so the awarding of the first Trudie Alfred Ceramic Bequest Scholarships, originally planned for the closing of PROmotion, will be incorporated into the 50th event.
The proceedings at the event will also include acknowledgement of all previous editors – and of the current editor – and of those who supported them in that role. A 50th anniversary apron and teatowel will be printed and be sold on the occasion, with each editor receiving a gift set and life membership of TACA – if not already. Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the National Gallery of Australia, Robert Bell, has been invited to be the key speaker on the night (TBC) and, together with current editor, Vicki Grima, to cut a 50th anniversary JAC cake.
All current members will be invited to the celebration and we envisage approximately 200 will attend. We are currently preparing a guest list of non-members known for their support of Australian ceramics – if you would like to recommend anyone for this list, please contact the office. The event will be catered but TACA will be responsible for looking after guests and for clean up afterwards; any members wishing to be involved please also contact the office. A special invitation will be printed and be sent out in early December and previous editors have been notified of the date.
The Trudie Alfred Bequest Ceramic Scholarships round closed recently with 35 applications shortly to be considered by the awarding committee: Prue Venables (SA + VIC), Ray Cavill (QLD), Vicki Grima (NSW) and Patsy Hely (ACT). The successful applicants will be notified in late November and the $4000 scholarships formally awarded at the 50th Anniversary Celebration.
The biennial members’ exhibition, The Narrative Knot, and PROmotion, the 50th anniversary exhibition showcasing the work of up and coming ceramicists, both open at 6pm on 2 December at Manly Art Gallery and Museum. We are very pleased that H.G. Nelson has accepted an invitation to open TNK. A joint invitation is currently being prepared in time for Manly’s routine mail out.
The blog that supports and accompanies PROmotion is gathering steam under Dee Taylor-Graham’s guidance and our thanks go to Dee for taking over curation of the exhibition/blog midstream. Go here to view the blog: www.jacpromotion2011.com/
We have been using JAC’s 50th celebration not just to look back, but also as a focus on how best the journal can operate in the future. Vicki and I have been considering what ways the journal might operate in the digital world: can we/should we offer digital subscriptions? Should we develop an ipad app? Should we digitize all of the back copies of JAC? Should these be sold to raise revenue or be made freely available? These considerations and the implications of each are complex and we expect to take some time to canvas advice before bringing options forward to the Committee for discussion. We are also looking at updating and ‘future-proofing’ the website, including updating the current discussion list, and Vicki has been in discussion with Grant in relation to this.
Both Vicki and I have been in touch with organizers of the Australian Ceramic Triennale 2012. I’ve approached the Committee firstly requesting that we host a JAC 50th event at the completion of one day’s proceedings so as to involve the broader national constituency of the journal in the 50th celebrations. We would invite a guest speaker and again acknowledge the work done by editors and supporters. The Conference Committee have supported this and will make a time for the event at the completion of one of the day’s sessions. They’ll get back to us as soon as they can to specify the date and time.
Secondly, I have raised the idea of having a postgraduate student panel included in the ACT proceedings with papers being sought on any aspect of the history of Australian ceramics. My proposal was that TACA would make a contribution towards the expenses of those students whose papers are accepted and publication by JAC could be negotiable. The Committee is supportive of this also and as they are about to extend the call for papers cut off date, will include the postgrad panel in this.
Vicki has been in discussion about a venue for a members’ exhibition to be held at the ACT 2012 but no response has been received as yet.
Our last meeting of the year will be in November and we would like to use the opportunity to canvas ideas and prioritise activities for 2012. I welcome any feedback on this from members either at the meeting or in the lead up to it.
We warmly welcome these new members: Ray Mallett, Jann Craw, Kay Schlachter, Margaret Davey, Pie Bolton, Carmen Couche, Susan Buckton, Christina George, Lee Pickup, Fran Romano, Helen Martin, Maryann Mussared, Annette Messenger, Lisa Gair, Anne Riggs, Deborah Fraser, Serena Rosevear, Patma Carter, Michael Ciavarella, Annette Nobes, Donna Hinton and Sharyn Masson.
Object, Australian Centre for Craft and Design, will receive $94,800 to tour their exhibition Hyperclay – New Australian Ceramics, exploring creative innovation in contemporary ceramic practice; www.object.com.au
Katherine Mahoney’s ceramics are selling in the exhibition gallery shop for the “Mad Square” exhibition until 6 November; Art Gallery of NSW, The Domain, Sydney; T: 1800 679 278; www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/mad-square/; open daily, 10am – 5pm, Wed until 9pm
Cathy Keys has been successful in getting an Arts Queensland Development and Presentation Grant to develop a website to exhibit her handbuilt ceramics. Well done Cathy!
Congratulations to Gudrun Klix for winning Bronze and Gus Clutterbuck for winning a Special Prize from the Final Selection in the Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale 2011 exhibition, Korea. There were a total of 3,362 entries from 1,875 entrants from 71 countries. In total, 25 prizes were awarded.
Congratulations to Jeff Mincham on a recent acquisition “Sea of Grass”, 2011 by the National Gallery of Australia for their permanent collection.
For a comprehensive selection of books on ceramics have a look at www.artisan.com.au
The Woollahra Small Sculpture 2011 has announced its finalists; sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au