Clunes Ceramic Award

Entries have now closed for the

2017 Clunes Ceramic Award

First Prize $10,000

Guest Judge: Amanda Dunsmore
Senior Curator
International Decorative Arts & Antiquities
National Gallery of Victoria

 Castlemaine Historical Museum and Art Gallery UPDATE:

Very disappointing to receive news that the Gallery will close on 11th August 2017. The Gallery have been wonderful supporters and sponsors of the Clunes Ceramic Award since its inception.

As a consequence of this decision, the winning work of the 2017 Clunes Ceramic Award will be acquired by Art Gallery Ballarat. We thank them for their co-operation at this late notice.

Should the Castlemaine Gallery re-open as hoped prior to the 2019 Clunes Ceramic Award, the winning entry from that Award will be acquired by Castlemaine.




2015 Clunes ceramic award –prize winners.

Winner $10,000 - Prue Venables - Black Oval Vessel & Spoon

Recognition awards for high quality work

Full Parallel Productions Award - Belinda Winkler - Darkening #6

Walkers Ceramics Award - Maree Santilla - The Velveteen Rabbit

Potters Equipment Award - Kirk Winter - Thinking of Echizen and Onggi at the Bombala Monastry


And The People's Choice Award  announced 11th October 2015

 Belinda Winkler, Darkening #6


Congratulations to all our 2015 Finalists

43 works will be exhibited for the award by 41 individual artists

Saturday 19 September to Sunday 11 October 2015

Open:  Thursday to Sunday 11am - 4pm

Venue: Union Bank Arts Centre 22 Fraser St  Clunes, VIC  3370

Enquiries: 03 5345 3267

As an addition to the main exhibition this year, businesses in the main street of Clunes will host individual pieces from local ceramicists.

If you need accommodation in Clunes during the exhibition our preferred choices are our sponsors:
Bookings for both can be made on 03 5345 3267
If you are dining in Clunes we recommend our sponsor Lucky Strike Lounge.  Bookings can be made on 03 5345 3308.
Alternatively you can dine at the National Hotel, bookings taken on 03 5345 3005.



The Clunes Ceramic Award is an initiative of Creative Clunes Inc. and is in partnership with the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum.

The winning artist's work will attract the total prize money of $10,000

This is an acquisitive prize.  In 2015, the work will be acquired by the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

The winning work of art will be acquired in alternate years, by the Art Gallery of Ballarat and the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum for their Permanent Collections.

A People's Choice Award to the value of $2,000 will be awarded and announced close to the conclusion of the exhibition.

Recognition Awards will be presented at the discretion of the judging panel and announced at the exhibition opening.

The Clunes Ceramic Award is a biennial event and was first held in 2009. The success of the first, and following, Award has ensured that The Clunes Ceramic Award will continue to develop as a respected and highly prized Regional Arts Event in the Australian state of Victoria.

This project is part of the State Government's Advancing Country Towns program to develop Clunes as a cultural and tourism destination