Shepparton Art Museum’s flagship biennial exhibition, the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award presents the best contemporary art in the medium of ceramics. The award is the richest award of its kind in Australia providing a total of $55,000 to the winning artists across the categories of International, Australian and Emerging Australian to present three newly commissioned exhibitions. Kirsten Coelho is the winner of this year’s prestigious commission for Australian Ceramics.
Adelaide-based potter Coelho presents an installation of domestic interiors that memorialise the experience of 19th century migrants and settlers arriving in Australia. Through a series of porcelain reproductions of decaying, archetypal house-hold items of the period, the extraordinary dreams, ambitions, failings and violence of this period are quietly contained. With narrative imagery appropriated from colonial-era paintings, the installation reflects on how objects and art shape history and cultural memory.