The Portage Ceramic Awards, New Zealand’s premier recognition of the work of ceramic artists from around the country, is not only ‘on’ again this year, but it’s returning to its spiritual home in Titirangi.
The awards originated in 2001 with what was known as the Lopdell House Gallery, which has now gone through a change of identity. In 2012, it relocated to New Lynn while the iconic Lopdell House (its original base) was given a comprehensive restoration and a new purpose-built gallery is built alongside.
Now no longer based inside Lopdell House, the new gallery will re-emerge in November under the name Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, or Te Uru for short, and the Portage Ceramic Awards will proudly return as one of the first major exhibitions of the new facility.
This annual award provides the country’s most prestigious platform for showcasing the quality and diversity of work by contemporary ceramic artists nationwide and is proudly sponsored by The Trusts and supported by The Trusts Community Foundation.
Still the richest in New Zealand, the Premier Award this year is $15,000 with Merit Awards totalling $6,000. The People’s Choice Award is worth $1,000. In addition, this year the Portage Awards offers the Peters Valley Scholarship, which includes a workshop at Peters Valley School of Craft, New Jersey, USA.
This year’s judge is the internationally renowned ceramicist, Takeshi Yasuda. The Japanese multi-award winning ceramicist and teacher will travel from Jingdezhen, China, the porcelain capital of the world, where he has an established studio.
As a practitioner for more than 50 years, Mr Yasuda brings a wealth of experience to the awards, including a deep knowledge of both Asian and English traditions that have been so influential in New Zealand.
The key dates for the Portage Ceramic Awards:
15 August, 5pm
Closing date for entries
6 November Awards night
8 November Judge’s floor talk
For more information and entry forms: www.lopdell.org.nz/portage