The ICA is a celebration of enduring connections, ongoing interpretations of the unique and diverse expressions of First Peoples' identities through clay.
Presented on Yorta Yorta Country, the 2022 ICA features nineteen finalists and is representative of twenty-seven language groups from remote, regional and urban centres. Showcasing new and exciting developments of emerging and established artists, their works weave tensions between the precision of hand-thrown or built forms, and organic or formal sculpture. The mark-making of new and ancient journeys are traced in sgraffito, forging the new paths of tomorrow.
Parallel to the award, Gomeroi/Gamilaraay artist Penny Evans responds to the ambitions of the ICA as the inaugural feature artist. Ascending the wall of the main staircase at SAM, this new body of work takes inspiration from the tree root-lined riverbanks of her Country, and its ancestral, matriarchal symbolism of the digging stick.
Announcing the 2022 ICA winners
Major Acquisitive Prize of $20,000 winner: Anne Nginyangka Thompson for her 2022 work Strong Family Connection.
South-East Australian Aboriginal Artist Prize of $5,000 winner: Sean Miller for his 2022 work Galibaay on Country.
Image: 2022 Indigenous Ceramic Award, winner Major Acquisitive Prize Anne Nginyangka Thompson: Strong Family Connection Shepparton Art Museum, 2022. Photo ©Serana Hunt-Hughes