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  • 1977

    Maker: JOHN ANDERSON, New Zealand
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1978

    Maker: RICK RUDD, New Zealand
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1979

    Maker: CARL MCCONNELL, Australia
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1982

    Maker: CHESTER NEALIE, New Zealand
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1983

    Maker: RAY ROGERS, New Zealand
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1984

    Maker: MERILYN WISEMAN, New Zealand
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1985

    Maker: JEFF MINCHAM, Australia
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1986

    Maker: STEVE FULLMER, New Zealand
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1987

    Maker: CHESTER NEALIE and STEVE FULLMER, New Zealand (joint winners)
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1988

    Maker: SANDRA BLACK, Australia
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1989

    Maker: JEFF MINCHAM, Australia
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1990

    Maker: SEIJI KOBAYASHI, Japan (Joint Winner)
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1991

    Maker: TIM CURREY, New Zealand
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1992

    Maker: LARA SCOBIE, United Kingdom
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1993

    Maker: SUSANNAH ISRAEL, United States of America
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1994

    Maker: MITSUO SHOJI, Australia
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1996

    Maker: YASUKO SAKURAI, Japan
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1997

    Maker: PHILIPPE BARDE, Switzerland
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust
  • 1998

    Maker: JEAN-FRANCOIS FOUILHOUX, France
    Materials: ceramic
    Courtesy Fletcher Trust

Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award: a cultural enquiry

28 January 2010 - 20 March 2010

Curator:
Grant Thompson

The Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award (1977-1998) was for many years New Zealand's most enduring art award. Certainly, it was our most internationalist visual arts award and one of the most generously sponsored. While many visual arts awards came and went during this time, this partnership between Auckland Studio Potters and Fletcher Brownbuilt and then Fletcher Challenge, has bequeathed a number of legacies.
This exhibition - an ‘enquiry' into the Award - brings together almost all of the winning pots from Australia, Japan, France, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United States and the United Kingdom, which are now owned by the Fletcher Trust. Looking at contemporary accounts of annual award exhibitions, curator Grant Thompson interrogates the formation of this unique collection and the culture of the Award itself.

While Thompson tracks changes to the Award's name, from ‘Brownbuilt' to ‘Challenge', and ‘Pottery' to ‘Ceramics', he also uncovers a number of changes in the awards character and operation over its 22 years. Given the current proliferation of international contemporary art events, it is worth recalling - as Peter Gibbs wrote in 1992 - that this local event was "now an international extravaganza in which Kiwis compete on an equal footing."

One of the legacies of The Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award is that Auckland Studio Potters were able to acquire and develop a new centre for themselves and succeeding generations of local makers. In its maturity the reputation of the Award itself was able to enhance the reputations of its founding partners and, as Thompson notes, "this model of sustained and shared commitment to excellence, whatever the outcome, is the Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Awards' cultural capital and legacy."

A Print publication for this exhibition will be available for sale at Objectspace from 12 February 2010.
Objectspace wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the Auckland Studio Potters and the generosity of Manukau Institute of Technology and The Fletcher Trust in staging The Fletcher Challenge Ceramics Award: a cultural enquiry.