Showcasing the passion for ceramic practice in the central desert region Clay on Country is a diverse and eclectic survey that includes 32 artists and collectives. Some are established ceramic artists, some are reconnecting with the medium after a hiatus, others are incorporating clay into their practice for the first time. All have produced accomplished, insightful, and contemporary works that reflect the culturally and historically rich and complex region where they live and work.
The survey was developed by Artback NT to coincide with Apmere Mparntwe, the 16th Australian Ceramics Triennale held in Alice Springs in 2022. The varied works in Clay on Country reflect ancestral stories, contemporary experiences and settler histories alongside the joys and challenges of making with clay, the push and pull of this most tactile of materials.
Clay on Country was curated by Jo Foster and Neridah Stockley and is being proudly toured by Artback NT, with the support of Creative Australia, and Visions of Australia.
Jo Foster, former Visual Arts Development Manager at Artback NT, talked with ABC Alice Springs Morning Presenter, Nadine Maloney about the work:
Akeyulerre Healing Centre collaborative
Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artists
Nancy Nyanjilpayi Chapman
Ernabella Artists collaborative
Hermannsburg Potters collaborative
Iltja Ntjarra Artists
Yarrenyty Arltere Artists
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