2015 Australian Ceramics Triennale
Call for speakers and demonstrators
The 2015 Triennale will include three days of conference presentations – keynote talks, panel discussions, individual artist’s presentations; pre-conference master classes, exhibitions, a trade fair, a potters’ market and, of course, a wealth of social events.
Canberra has been selected to host the 14th Australian Ceramics Triennale in 2015, the premier national forum for ceramics in Australia. The event attracts leading national and international industry leaders, ceramics practitioners, educators, collectors, critics and cultural theorists and will engage with the Canberra community through exciting and diverse programs and cultural approaches.
The conference attracts delegates from all over the world and will run from Thursday 9 July to Saturday 11 July 2015 and associated public programs commencing from Monday 6 July 2015.
We are calling for Expressions of Interest for speakers and demonstrators as part of the 2015 Australian Ceramics Triennale. The themes for the conference are: The changing world; Your role in the future; and Making money. Make this program yours and be part of the biggest event in the Australian ceramics calendar!
Stepping Up is managed by Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre in partnership with the Australian National University, Strathnairn Arts, Canberra Potters’ Society and The Australian Ceramics Association.
The changing world
By 2020 over one third of the world’s population will live in China and India, and when the whole of Asia is counted, projections have more than 50% of world population living in this region. Australia is well placed to be active in securing a set on this express train, but what are we doing about it now? How will this affect our practices, our output, our livelihood and our understanding of ‘our’ culture?
Around 500BCE Heraclitus said “The only thing that is constant is change”. Despite intermittent periods of relative stability, change continues to be a central characteristic of life- particularly in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. As a group of people who work with/ are associated with one of the oldest art materials, how do we adapt to – or indeed drive change? Ceramics courses in universities (and those TAFEs that are still running them) are competing for an increasingly small pool of students, whilst community pottery groups are booming, international residency opportunities and mentorships (aka apprenticeships?) are increasing. So what will the training and education in ceramics look like in the future?
From the rapid prototyping of old (throwing on the potters’ wheel), 3-D printing is being explored in ceramics, and has become commonplace in other materials. What are the implications of this for studio pottery and ceramic design? Will the seductive power of ‘new’ technology spell the end of studio practice as we have known it, or will clay – the material of our current creation – prove resistant to uptake? Laser and waterjet cutting have found their niches in craft practice (including ceramics), as have many other industrial processes, so is there a studio of the future that will engage with all of this?
Your role in the future
Although there persists a romantic view of the potter or ceramic artist working alone or in a small team- either in a rural or urban setting- how closely does this reflect the truth? We are all citizens of the world, and as such have a responsibility to contribute to its betterment and that of the ecosystems it supports. This engagement can take many forms, and the opportunities to use the skills and understanding that we have to useful ends are many and various. From concern within our own studios about our impact on the environment and our own health to official aid programs, development projects, community events and improving health outcomes for those populations that are disadvantaged or in need of assistance can be some of the many ways in which meaningful engagement with the broader world can take place.
At ceramic gatherings and in discussions the elephant in the room is often money and economic survival. It is essential in today’s connected world that we utilise all marketing resources available. But this can mean much more than developing a website or business cards. The way in which social media, industry collaborations , networking and fundraising have become the norm rather than the exception in the commercial world demands that we explore as creatively as possible the avenues for selling our work or our skills. One all too often witnesses a slight sniffiness associated with the whispered comment ‘commercial’ when people see selling exhibitions, marketing strategies or advertising ploys that do not pretend to be otherwise. To what extent are we selling our souls to the devil when we ‘make to sell’? What are alternative and creative ways to develop commercial partnerships, and novel ways to raise capital for ventures both inside and outside the studio?
Marketing (social media, videos etc.)
Collaborating (with industry eg architects, restaurants, etc)
Initiating (innovative self-funding – rather than grants!)
For a pack go to their website: http://www.australianceramicstriennale.com/2015/newsitem/1