Harvest – Elaine Bradley

Introducing Elaine Bradley, an emerging practitioner from the latest crop of talent fresh from The Australian National University School. Elaine Bradley’s work will feature in Harvest – a series of award exhibitions in Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre’s Crucible Showcases.

Elaine Bradley creates contemporary ceramic works utilizing a range of techniques. She incorporates wheelthrowing, handbuilding, and industrial processes, and creates her work within the confines of a tiny studio. Her simple forms are embellished with meditative motifs that relate to her own experiences. She explains that she is process driven, articulating that the journey of being a maker is as important to her as the destination.

The exhibition will be officially opened by guest speaker Emeritus Professor David Williams AM, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre Patron, at 6.pm Thursday 18 August 2011.

Harvest continues until Saturday 24 September 2011 in the Centre’s Crucible Showcases, Level 1 North Building, 180 London Circuit, Canberra City.

Harvest provides assistance for graduating artists and designer makers of local tertiary institutions at the beginning of their independent studio practice. This opportunity to exhibit also encourages emerging practitioners to remain in the region, staying connected with local art, craft and design organisations, such as Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre, who strive to promote, support and assist practitioners throughout their careers.

Throughout 2011 Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre will celebrate its 40th birthday, and to commemorate this significant event an unprecedented number of emerging artist awards have been presented to recent graduates. The eight recipients in 2011 are Hannah Dalrymple, Kimberley Dixon, Dierdre Pearce, Annabelle Davidson, Elaine Bradley, Marco Chan, Edward College and George Thompson.

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is open Tuesday to Friday 10.am to 5.pm and Saturday 12.pm to 4.pm.

Media Contact: Amy Kerr, Communications and Program Manager

(02) 6262 9333 amy.kerr@craftact.org.au


Also make sure to check out Elaine’s blog

Image: Elaine Bradley, Nest, 2010. Photographer: ANU photography

Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award 2012

Ben Richardson. Instill 2 – Light and shade. Woodfired stoneware 2010.

The Award

The Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award is a $10,000 annual prize for ceramic art. Established in 2011, the award is open to artists nationally and is non-acquisitive. Four artists are selected from the entries received to develop work for a group exhibition of ceramic art at a commercial gallery. From these four artists, one is selected to receive the prize money. Selection of finalists and the judging of the award is made by a panel of expert judges. Vitrify is presented by the Alcorso Foundation, a not-for profit cultural organisation with its home in Tasmania. For more information about the Foundation and its initiatives, please visit the website www.alcorso.org.au. Vitrify 2012 will be hosted by the JamFactory in Adelaide. The exhibition of finalists’ work will open on Friday, September 7 2012 and continue until October 19 2012. Applications to enter open on Friday August 12 2011 and close 5pm Friday October 7 2011. Judges for the 2012 award will be Professor Noel Frankham, Head of the Hobart School of Art; Prue Venables, highly regarded ceramicist and Creative Director of the Ceramics Studio at the JamFactory; and Robert Reason, Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts, the Art Gallery of South Australia.Please visit their website for all the details.