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Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize Eligibility

Applications for the 2023 Shelley Simpson Ceramics Prize are now open.

For the first time this year, the annual prize is open to all Australian ceramics artists. Applications are now open until 30 November 2022, with the finalists being announced in early January 2023.

Mud Australia is committed to achieving a diverse community and strongly encourages First Nations peoples to apply.

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Applicants must be:

A ceramics artist

An Australian citizen or permanent resident

Not already holding another scholarship

Judging Criteria


Is your project an original idea?


Does your project show insight and imagination?


Does your project have a defined aesthetic appeal?


How does your project integrate and illustrate skilled craftsmanship?


How does this project consider the environment?

Community focus

Does your project represent or speak to a particular community?

Functional or Art

What category does your work fit in? We welcome all expressions of creativity.


Entries open — 8 August 2022

Entries close — 30 November 2022

Finalists/shortlist announced — January 2023

Winner announced — February 2023

Apply now