Portage Ceramic Awards

The Trusts sponsors prestigious Portage Ceramic Awards

Photo above taken by Haruhiko Sameshima

The Portage Ceramic Awards are back bigger and better than ever. And The Trusts is delighted to sponsor these premier awards produced by Titirangi's Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery.

Now in their 21st year, the annual awards showcase the diversity of contemporary ceramics in New Zealand.

Last year’s event was cancelled due to COVID, and this year’s competition was also touch and go. Te Uru’s Director Andrew Clifford explains more: ‘It’s miraculous that the show has gone on with shortlisted entries starting to arrive during lockdown.’

Despite the challenges, this year’s Portage Ceramic Awards promises to deliver an exciting display from New Zealand’s top talent.

The 2021 awards are being judged by Raewyn Atkinson, the renowned New Zealand ceramic artist. Atkinson has enjoyed a stellar artistic career spanning 30 years. And as a previous two-time winner of the Premier Portage Ceramic Award, Atkinson is well-qualified for the prestigious role.

‘Our thanks go to The Trusts for coming on board as a sponsor and making this possible,’ says Clifford.

The winners were announced on 3 December, and Te Uru is holding a special exhibition of finalists’ work from 4 December 2021 to 27 February 2022 (subject to Covid restrictions). It's your chance to savour the very best of the country's contemporary ceramic artists.

The exhibition will include 33 works by 30 ceramicists using various media, including clay, stoneware, and terracotta. Several pieces also incorporate photography, videography and other innovative elements from shells to stones and electronics.

The Trusts supports a variety of organisations and events each year through minor and major sponsorships.

CEO of The Trusts Allan Pollard says, ‘We are proud to sponsor the Portage Ceramic Awards. It’s been a challenging year for all of us. Having the opportunity to enjoy world-class art here in our own backyard is a welcome privilege.’

You will find Te Uru at 420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi.