UKU Clay Hawkes Bay

Biennial National Ceramic Award

Date: Oct 26 – Nov 22Space: Main Gallery

UKU Clay Hawke’s Bay is a new biennial National Ceramic Award to be held in the Hawke’s Bay region. It is a selected exhibition, showcasing the best work from approximately 50 ceramic artists from around New Zealand.

Uku means clay in Te Reo, and is the starting point for this event, which is a celebration of makers of contemporary ceramics from the Hawke’s Bay region, and nationally, with clay at its heart.

The intention is to give the community the chance to see work, buy it, be inspired and see the endless possibilities of clay, but it was also important to provide an opportunity for local practitioners to exhibit in their place, together. More than 50 entries from across the spectrum of creativity have been received, from small functional vessels, to sculptural and figurative work, with half of these entries from Hawkes Bay.

Ceramic artist John Parker has kindly agreed to be the first UKU Selector, exhibition designer and curator for 2018.

Submissions were sought from emerging and established artists throughout New Zealand.

Join the Selector and artists for the opening celebration on Saturday 27 October, 5-7pm. Refreshments will be served.

Alongside the Uku opening, you can join the ceramic artists from their opening celebration of the ‘Scratching the Surface’ exhibition which will be on display in the Small Gallery.

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