Congratulations to Yhonnie Scarce who has taken out the 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA) with her porcelain and glass work, Servant and Slave, 2018. The $20,000 award is acquisitive and Scarce’s piece will join the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) permanent collection.
The judges for the 2018 award were Stephen Gilchrist, associate lecturer of Indigenous art, University of Sydney; Genevieve Grieves, manager, First Peoples department at Museums Victoria; and Dr Rebecca Coates, director of SAM.
In addition to Scarce, Kokatha/Nukunu, SA, the panel shortlisted six other contemporary Indigenous artists: Dean Cross, Worimi, ACT; Jackie Wirramanda, Wergaia, VIC; Jan Goongaja Griffiths, Miriwoonga/Ngarinyman, WA; Janet Fieldhouse, Torres Strait Islands, Qld; Jock Puautjimi, Tiwi, NT; Penny Evans, Gamilaraay/Gomeroi, NSW. Each artist received a development fee to help them create new ceramic-based work.
“Each work in its own way rewrites the language of ceramics inflected through a personal cultural specificity. Some of the works have a close engagement with Country, others with post-colonial narratives, while others celebrate deep memory of people, culture and place,” said the judging panel in a joint statement.
Works by all seven finalists are on show in the 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award Exhibition until 11 November.