Ceramic group (8), 'Prevail', porcelain, designed and made by Kirsten Coelho, Adelaide, South Australia, 2018.
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Clay Dynasty Symposium

Duration: 7 hours
Finished 2 April 2022
Powerhouse Ultimo

In partnership with the ceramic industry, Powerhouse will host a symposium celebrating Australian studio ceramics from the 1960s to now, as part of the museum’s ongoing research series.

The symposium will focus on current practice and will look into the future, with speakers including Clay Dynasty curator Eva Czernis-Ryl, curator and writer Grace Cochrane AM and Head of Ceramics at the National Art School Lynda Draper. Participating artists include Stephen Bird, Kirsten Coelho, Geoff Crispin, Paul Davis, Penny Evans, Vipoo Srivilasa, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Gerry Wedd.

Program schedule

9.30am – Welcome to Country, Uncle Brendan Kerin

9.40am – Eva Czernis-Ryl, curator, introducing Clay Dynasty

10.00am – Paul Davis, A Clay Dynasty: East, West and the Sturt Legacy.

10.30am – Geoff Crispin, Ivan McMeekin, threads that persist

11.00am – Grace Cochrane, Dynasty! A sequential story over 66 years, following the influences of The Australian Ceramics Association (TACA), Peter Rushforth and Thancoupie (Thanakupi)

11.30am – Kirsten Coelho, 30 Years: Objects, Friendship, Mentorship and Gwyn Hanssen Pigott

12.00pm – Penny Evans, Process presented by Emily McDaniel, Director, First Nations

12.30pm – Lynda Draper, In clay: a reflection on practice  

1.00pm – 2.00pm lunch break

2.00pm – Gerry Wedd, Under the influence

2.30pm – Stephen Bird, Painting on Clay

3.00pm – Vipoo Srivilasa, Should artists have felt useless during lockdown?

3.30pm – Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Sculptural propositions

4.00pm – Ceramic Futures. Panel discussion moderated by Ursula Sullivan, Director, sullivan+strumpf with Kirsten Coelho, Lynda Draper, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Vipoo Srivilasa.


See full program here.