2015 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award Finalists Announced

22 Jun 2015
Healthy Community

Manningham Art Gallery is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2015 Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award.

2015 Finalists

Alistair Whyte                   Glenn England                  Neville French

Amanda Christians           Graeme Wilkie                  Phil Elson

Amy Kennedy                    Irianna Kanellopoulou     Prue Venables

Ashleigh Sims                    Jane Annois                       Rahima Jackson

Bridget Foley                      Janetta Kerr-Grant            Robert Barron

Choon Yeok                         Jia Jia Chen                        Robyn Phelan

Chris Mason                        Joanne Linsdell                 Sanné Mestrom

Christopher Plumridge       John Dermer                     Sonja Plitt

Cyrus Tang                           Judith Roberts                   Steven McClure

Daniela Zimmermann        Kate Jones                          Sue Acheson

Darren McGinn                    Kirsten Perry                     Susan McFarland

David Ray                              Leana Kim                         Susan Robey

Dawn Tang                            Lee Goller                          Tatiana Gvozdetskaya

Dawn Vachon                       Lene Kuhl Jakobsen           Ted Secombe

Dawn Whitehand                 Lesley Walsh                       Terunobu Hirata

Dean Smith                           Lilach Mileikowski              Tim Clarkson

Diana Williams                     Magdalena Dmowska         Varuni Kanagasundaram

Fiona Murphy                       Mirta Ouro                           Wendy Jagger

Garry Bish                             Motoko Katsuta                   Yvette DeLacy

Georgia Harvey                     Naomi Eller


This year’s award offers a major prize of $8,000 and a general acquisitions and Valley of the Arts Award acquisitions pool of $6,000.

The accompanying exhibition of finalists’ work surveys contemporary studio ceramics from across Victoria, whilst also celebrating the important place of ceramics in the Manningham region.

This year's award is being judged by Robert Reason. Robert is the Curator of European and Australian Decorative Arts at the Art Gallery of South Australia, a position he has held since 2002. Amongst the many exhibitions of his that have featured ceramics, the 2006 Gladys Reynell retrospective and accompanying monograph was a highlight. Widely published in craft and design, Robert also lectures in Art History for the University of Adelaide.

Robert’s previous role at the Shepparton Art Museum saw him actively involved with the ceramic community and the Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award from 1997 to 2002. He judged the 2012 Vitrify Alcorso Ceramic Award at JamFactory Craft & Design and the 2012 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award at National Gallery of Victoria.

The 2015 Finalists’ work will be on display at Manningham Art Gallery from Wednesday 15 July – Saturday 29 August.

Award winners to be announced at the exhibition opening on Wednesday 15 July, 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm at Manningham Art Gallery.


Manningham Art Gallery
Manningham City Square
687 Doncaster Road,
Doncaster VIC 3108

Opening Hours
Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00 am – 5.00 pm
Free admission
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