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The conference exhibition program was a highlight for all delegates and the artists involved in the conference. The standard was impressive and the openings were all a fantastic opportunity to get together and enjoy.

A key geographical feature of Adelaide is the West End Arts Precinct. Conveniently close to the main activity centres of the city, it includes a number of important arts educational institutions and galleries. This vibrant area will provided a bustling hub for the 2012 Australian Ceramics Triennale – Subversive Clay, as it embraced the location of the conference auditorium and also the sites of numerous exciting exhibitions.


International and National speakers and demonstrators were invited to the conference to discuss the idea of clay as a subversive medium presented their amazing work in “Subvert” at Light Square Gallery, Centre for the Arts.


The SASA Gallery within the School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia presented “Post Skangaroovian”. This exhibition explored the apparent legacy in current South Australian ceramic practice from a “new wave of stylish, postmodern ceramics” as highlighted through the 1986 exhibition “Skangaroovian Funk” curated by Judith Thompson. 1



JamFactory Contemporary Craft & Design presented.  “Hyperclay”, an Object touring exhibition; 2012 finalist exhibition for "Vitrify The Alcorso Ceramic Awards"; JamFactory's Ceramics Creative Director Prue Venables selected leading Australian ceramic artists for an exhibition called "Creative Directors Choice" and "JamFactory Ceramics Studio"  showcased the high quality of the ceramics community within the JamFactory and the design and thinking that underpins their work.


‘Clay lineage’ showcased the work of early South Australian commercial potteries in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, University of South Australia. The exhibition touched on the use of traditional skills and design techniques from a period of 150 years and looked at aspects of the historical and contemporary influences that European and Asian culture and technology has had on the development of South Australian ceramic practice. Within this exhibition there was a particular focus on Bennett’s Pottery, a fifth generation commercial pottery and the only one still in operation in South Australia.


“Graduates” a survey of graduating students work from tertiary ceramic courses across Australia was located within the West End precinct at the stunning Queens Thetre. This exhibtiion was a great opportunity to catch up with the work being produced by recent graduates.


A short stroll down North Terrace from the conference in the heart of the cultural boulevard where you could take in a fantastic suite of exhibitions. Flinders University Art Museum; City Gallery presented ‘Highlights from the 2011 Indigenous Ceramic Art Award’ and ‘Earthworks; Contemporary Indigenous Australian Ceramic Art’. Next door the South Australian Museum presented an exhibition of contemporary Indigenous ceramics from Ernabella Arts Inc. Adjacent to the South Australian Museum is the Migration and Settlement Museum exhibition was held that invited immigrant ceramic artists to consider their cultural roots in an exhibition in which they respond to particular personal cultural artefacts. Dotted amongst all of these afore mentioned venues is an array of cafes and eateries offering delicious food and havens to stop for rest and sustenance.


Aptos Cruz in stunning Stirling just twenty minutes away through the beautiful Adelaide Hills.They featured a selection of prominent Ceramic Artists from NSW. Aptos Cruz has a long association with Milton Moon and they presented an exhibition of works by Milton during the conference. 


1 Judith Thompson Catalogue Skangaroovian Funk - Peculiar Adelaide Ceramics 1968 – 1978


Another exhibition to look out for is ...


Adelaide artists Khai Liew and Bruce Nuske have collaborated to present Irrational and Idiosyncratic, a body of seven works inspired by the 19th-century European response to all things oriental, in particular the prevailing Japanese aesthetic that culminated in the cult of beauty, associated with the Aesthetic Movement in England, and its Italian variation, Decadentismo. The exhibition explored the materials of wood and clay, and the resulting dialogue between the two mediums.


One of Australian's most respected furniture designers, Khai Liew is Adjunct Professor, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia. Bruce Nuske is an internationally recognised ceramic artist and alumnus of the University of South Australia. Both artists have a deep and abiding interest in the visual history of the Aesthetic Movement. Although working in very different mediums, they share a similar aesthetic vision and their collaborative output revels in a shared visual language.

Venue:  Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art,
University of South Australia55
North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000 
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