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A change in guard

By Shepparton Art Museum Posted Under Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award

By Julian Bowron


Julian Bowron


My brief time as Acting Director at SAM has been very much associated with the exhibition phase of this project and I will be sad to leave it behind.  Arriving at work every day to rediscover this beautiful exhibition is a delight and even on the busiest day a glimpse of Michal’s vivid objects, Alex’s soaring ladders or Kirsten’s serene installation is such a treat.


The catalogue for the 2012 exhibition arrived last week. I love that sweet, acrid ink smell from a publication just printed. The handsome aqua cover looks fine and it's been worth waiting to have the installations documented so professionally.  I am nostalgic already to see the artists portraits in there and cant help wondering what new adventures their work is taking them on.


It seems to me that the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award is taking the lead in showing what some of the most exciting artists working in ceramic media are doing both in Australia and internationally.  It also seems certain that the award will continue to evolve as the passionate conversations around it do.

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