call for entry: The Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize

The Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize is funded by Mud Australia, the iconic Australian ceramic design company founded by Shelley Simpson.

For Shelley Simpson, creating this Prize is about nurturing the next generation of Australian artists and encouraging innovation within the craft of Ceramics:

“The visual arts are an integral part of our culture and overall social wellbeing. The sector has long been under-valued and poorly funded. With no change in sight it’s up to individuals and businesses with the foresight and capital to step up and do what they can to reverse the decline.

This generation of ceramicists is really inspiring. Their work touches all the right areas: environmental, social, visual and useful! After personally watching my daughter financially struggle with her investment in her final year of fine art studies, despite our support, I realised others may not be so lucky. It is my hope that this award will nurture and support some of our brightest ceramicists in the years to come.”

What’s it about?

The mission of the Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize is to support the next generation of Australian ceramicists. These emerging artists may be working across functional, small scale, fine art, handcrafted or more complex commercial pursuits with ceramics.

The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize to support their studies. This money may be used for tuition fees or however the student sees fit to complete their studies successfully.

This annual Prize is open to all Australian students studying Ceramics as an elective or major. Students studying alternative disciplines as their major may still apply.

Prizes

First Prize
$10,000

Second Prize
$2,000

Third Prize
$1,000

All prize winners will be offered a 3 month paid internship with Mud Australia’s Production to complete in 2021.

History of Mud

Established in 1994, Mud Australia is a highly-considered range of porcelain tableware and lighting designed by Shelley Simpson.

Mud is known for producing collections that neatly intersect a minimalist aesthetic with an artisan finish, in a refined colour palette.

All Mud collections are ethically handmade in their Sydney studio with the intention of bringing an organic joy to built spaces.

Loved by many in the design and food worlds, including Nigella Lawson who describes Mud as:

“Mud is the most beautiful contemporary ceramic crockery anywhere in the world. Design, feel, colour, mood: everything is exquisite—and practical with it.”

Mud Australia’s flagship stores are located in Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles, New York City and London.

Mud Australia can also be purchased online at mudaustralia.com

The SSCP is open to students studying ceramics as an elective or major in Australia. Mud Australia is committed to achieving a diverse community and strongly encourages applications from First Australian peoples.

residency opportunity: Sturt (NSW Australia)

Sturt’s Artist-in-Residence program invites and attracts experienced artists practicing in ceramics, jewellery/metalwork, textiles and woodwork. We house four to six residencies each year.

We encourage small scale production and individually designed work, which may be promoted through Sturt Gallery. Professional residencies may be awarded specifically to develop a body of work which can be produced and made at Sturt during the maker’s time here.

Sturt sees the residency program as an important addition to its overall aim of providing support for Australian contemporary art and design through a program of teaching, retail, exhibition and residencies. The emphasis of the residency program is to support those who embrace this philosophy.

All residency programs are financially assisted by Friends of Sturt.

Full details can be found HERE. Deadline is OCT 31st.

upcoming: Sydney Craft Week 2020 

Theme: Change Makers

Festival Dates: 9 – 18 October

Sydney Craft Week is about celebrating creativity and the handmade in all its forms. This festival creates the opportunity for the whole community to engage with craft, experience the benefits of making, and purchase local handmade work.

Be part of Sydney Craft Week, bringing together Sydney’s contemporary craft community in a city-wide festival.

Sydney Craft Week is the only festival in Sydney dedicated to making by hand. Led by the Australian Design Centre (ADC) and supported by an advisory group of craft sector professionals, Sydney Craft Week brings together contemporary crafts organisations and individuals in a celebration of craft across the city as part of a ten-day festival each year in October. The festival fosters community participation and creativity, with the opportunity for the public to meet artists, buy and learn about craft and get involved in making.

Each year, Sydney Craft Week puts out a Call for Entries for galleries, shops, cultural organisations and institutions, and individual makers to host events, ranging from large-scale exhibitions to one-off workshops encompassing the breadth and power of craft.

The festival takes place over 10 days in October. Sydney Craft Week invites all residents and visitors to experience Sydney’s vibrant craft scene. Most events are free to enter, with ticketed events managed by host organisations and venues.

www.sydneycraftweek.com

 

 

call for artists: Little Things Art Prize

Little Things Art Prize was founded by Marnie Ross in 2015.  Artists are invited to submit creative expressions of the ‘Little Things’ that make them happy or feel grateful. The science of Positive Psychology emphasises the benefits such focusing of our attention contributes to our health and happiness.  As well as inspiring community creative engagement, the resulting finalists exhibition is a celebration of the artwork displayed and a shared positive experience.

The Finalist exhibition is held at Saint Cloche Gallery in Paddington, Sydney.

Little Things Art Prize is supported through the Woollahra Council Community & Cultural Grants program.

Find out more HERE.