For Shelley Simpson, creating this Prize is about nurturing the next generation of Australian artists and encouraging innovation within the craft of Ceramics:
“The visual arts are an integral part of our culture and overall social wellbeing. The sector has long been under-valued and poorly funded. With no change in sight it’s up to individuals and businesses with the foresight and capital to step up and do what they can to reverse the decline.
This generation of ceramicists is really inspiring. Their work touches all the right areas: environmental, social, visual and useful! After personally watching my daughter financially struggle with her investment in her final year of fine art studies, despite our support, I realised others may not be so lucky. It is my hope that this award will nurture and support some of our brightest ceramicists in the years to come.”
The mission of the Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize is to support the next generation of Australian ceramicists. These emerging artists may be working across functional, small scale, fine art, handcrafted or more complex commercial pursuits with ceramics.
The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize to support their studies. This money may be used for tuition fees or however the student sees fit to complete their studies successfully.
This annual Prize is open to all Australian students studying Ceramics as an elective or major. Students studying alternative disciplines as their major may still apply.
All prize winners will be offered a mentor-mentee relationship with Shelley Simpson to commence in 2022.