Triennale Program*

Operating within the intersections between tradition and contemporary practice, the Australian Ceramics Triennale, Tasmania 2019 seeks to embrace diversity and provoke discussion across the spectrum of the ceramic field.

This program is designed to bring local, national and international practitioners together for the purposes of sharing knowledge and skills and building a strong and inspired ceramics community. We hope that in it there truly is, something for everyone.

Each day the Keynote Address from prominent makers and thinkers in the field will set the theme for the day's discussions.

Presenters will pick up on the day's theme, interwoven with their personal understandings of and relationship to the Triennale's overarching themes of HOLDING SPACE MAKING PLACE.

The Discussion/s, as they are described in the program, may take a variety of forms, from a traditional panel discussion, to a more intimate 'in conversation', to a more structured learning experience in The Thinking Space.

For those delegates who are more interested in the how than the why, a host of demonstrators will be working for four days, giving us the opportunity to see some truly great makers on the tools and bringing us a range of methods and approaches, materials and techniques.

Alternatively, delegates can head on over to Side Show Alley and the Don’t Think Just Make tent. Think of this as the on-site chillout zone - the chai tent, with clay instead of chai. Take a break from all the talking, get your hands busy and let your mind rest. Who knows who you might find yourself working alongside. You may well learn a new skill or make a new friend.

If you come away from a talk with a burning question, sign up at the Ask the Dr tent for a one-on-one session with one of our resident experts (drawn from our list of presenters, panellists and other notable makers). You'll have 10 uninterrupted minutes to discuss that glaze or kiln or clay body, international residency or conceptual position with regards to function (for example).

Saturday morning we will take a break from the talking and demonstrating to allow visitors from overseas and interstate to browse the famous Salamanca markets. Or stay on site for our Makers’ Fair– a morning of fun, frivolity and an opportunity for delegates to sell their wares.

Beyond the formal program will be a host of extra curricular activities including yoga, Qi Gong, tea ceremonies, nature walks, exhibition openings and the Philosophy Cafe.

Last, but not least, expect fabulous opening and closing ceremonies that will bring us all together and celebrate the inclusivity and diversity of our wonderful ceramics community.

Stay tuned for more details.

*subject to change as planning progresses