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2015 sidney myer fund australian ceramic award. Winner Announced by Shepparton Art Museum

BY Miranda Brown Publicity | 24-Aug-2015
Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is delighted to announce the winner of the biennial Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Art Award (SMFACA), the premier national award for artists working in ceramics. The $50,000 acquisition prize has been awarded to Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran. This year’s exhibition supports the rich, vibrant and diverse use of the ceramic medium, and includes the work by five contemporary artists Adam John Cullen, Penny Byrne, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Ruth Hutchinson and Sanné Mestrom. Works are on display from all five artists until November.
Venue: Shepparton Art Museum
Address: 70 Welsford St Shepparton 3630
Date: Sat 22 August - Sun 22 November
Time: 10am - 5pm
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Ramesh Maris Nithiyendran

2015 sidney myer fund australian ceramic award. Winner Announced by Shepparton Art Museum

Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is delighted to announce the winner of the biennial Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Art Award (SMFACA), the premier national award for artists working in ceramics. The $50,000 acquisition prize has been awarded to Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran.

This year’s exhibition supports the rich, vibrant and diverse use of the ceramic medium, and includes the work by five contemporary artists Adam John Cullen, Penny Byrne, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Ruth Hutchinson and Sanné Mestrom. Works are on display from all five artists until November.

SAM Acting Director Rebecca Coates said: “Each of the five contemporary artists shortlisted has created an outstanding new body of work that not only extends their own artistic practice, but also challenges our understanding of ceramics within a contemporary context. The judging criteria included the following considerations: the conceptual premise of the work and approach to the opportunity; technical ability and engagement with materiality; and spatial considerations - how the work inhabited the space. The work also needed to be innovative, to challenge, excite and intrigue.”

Deputy Director, National Gallery Australia Kirsten Paisley said: “Ramesh has produced an extraordinary body of major sculptural works that are exceptionally exciting. Drawing on diverse sources from pre-colonial Hindu devotional sculpture to Christianity and sexualized bodies he explores fertility and creation, religion and gender. His work evokes the energy and reverence of `the deity’ while embodying the playfulness of a story-book action hero.”

Exhibition Dates: Saturday 22 August 2015 to 22 November 2015.