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Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft \ Prue Venables

ADC On Tour: An Australian Design Centre national touring exhibition 


Canberra Potters


Friday 14 August to
11 October 2020


Tuesday to Sunday


Adult $6, CPS Member/Concession $4

Canberra Potters is thrilled to host Australian Design Centre’s national touring exhibition Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft \ Prue Venables in 2020.

Opened 6.00pm Thursday 13 August 2020 by Lisa Cahill, CEO and Artistic Director, Australian Design Centre

About the Exhibition

Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft \ Prue Venables is an Australian Design Centre (ADC On Tour) national touring exhibition, presented with assistance from the Australian Government Visions of Australia Program.  The Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring program supports audience access to Australian arts and cultural material, with particular focus on tours to regional and remote Australia.

From Australian Design Centre: “Acclaimed ceramicist Prue Venables is the ninth artist in the Australian Design Centre’s series Living Treasures: Masters of Australian CraftPrue Venables’ sculptural artworks possess clarity, luminosity and a quiet beauty.

This work so artfully combines stillness and a sense of risk, of fragility. Sometimes it is a single object — a pierced ladle with a precariously long stem, perhaps, or a scoop with an elegant, daring, ribbon-like handle, that surprises and then calms. Then there are those seemingly arbitrary couplings or slightly perverse groupings that quietly and insistently demand a shift in our perception. Indeed they all were once, in the making process, exceedingly fragile; needing, before and during both bisque and high temperature reduction firing, to be propped up or supported upside down and fired on porcelain trays or setters: carefully, patiently, slowly, surely, crafted. But now, strong, dense, confident, beautiful — to be used, to be held.

I hope you see these pots when the sun is out. They quicken with light, the pale objects are softly luminous and translucent, while the dark aubergines and blacks glow satiny rich, their rims reflecting.

Gwyn Hanssen Pigott 

The works in this exhibition explore the significance of everyday objects through multiple sequences of forms in porcelain, with additional elements in metal and wood. The forms are simple and elegant, with a minimal colour palette and create a distinctive visual language.”

Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft \ Prue Venables is an ADC ON TOUR national touring exhibition opening at fourteen locations across Australia from 2019 to 2022.  

Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft \ Prue Venables was researched and developed under a Federal Government Visions of Australia research grant and is ADC’s major national touring exhibition for 2019–2022. The tour is also supported by the Visions of Australia program and Australia Council for the Arts.

Australian Design Centre is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Australian Design Centre is assisted by the New South Wales Government through Create NSW, and the Australian government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Image: Prue Venables, Black triangulated form and Black pedestal bowl, 2018. Photo: Terence Bogue 


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