Australian Ceramics Triennale

Australian Ceramics Triennale.

Subversive Clay

Adelaide Australia

28th September – October 1 2012



“On behalf of Craftsouth and the South Australian ceramics community I am pleased to introduce the 2012 Australian Ceramics Triennale and invite you to join us in Adelaide from 28th September to 1st October.

This will be the 13th National Ceramics Conference and we are proud to present an exciting program that brings together leading national and international ceramics practitioners, educators, collectors, critics and cultural theorists in celebrating diversity, plus social and cultural approaches to this field.”

Peter Johnson,

Chair, Ceramics Triennale Steering Committee

The theme for this conference is ‘Subversive Clay’ and over four days it will explore clay as a medium

Penny Byrne is a visual artist who meticulously reconstructs manipulated figurines from damaged and antiquated ceramic objects into artworks that wield a political message. The use of fragile ceramics contradicts the political messages evident in her work. Byrne’s satirical viewpoint confronts a number of contemporary political issues that presents an ongoing inquiry into popular culture and international politics. Her training as a ceramics conservator informs her practice. She has completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at La Trobe University, Melbourne 1997, a Bachelor of Art (Fine Art Ceramics) at RMIT University in Melbourne, 1987 and a Graduate Diploma (Ceramics and Glass Conservation and Restoration) at West Dean College in the United Kingdom, 1990. Byrne is currently represented by Sullivan+Strumpf Gallery, Sydney NSW Australia.

capable of challenging artistic, social and cultural issues through an investigation across past traditions and invigorating new experimentations.

Representing excellence in contemporary clay practice from around the world, the conference will consider how ceramic artists contest traditional approaches to clay as a medium, as an important art form, and thus its role in society.

Penny Byrne (Australia)

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