NQ Ceramic Award winners announced

Winner of the North Queensland Ceramic Awards City of Townsville Art Collection Award 'Armoured Mist Frog' by Mahala Hill

A Townsville man is one of the five winners from the 2020 North Queensland Ceramic Awards.

Warren Ogden’s piece Monolith has won the acquisitive $1000 EMU Sportswear Award, while Mahala Hill won the acquisitive $10,000 City of Townsville Art Collection Award for Armoured Mist Frog.

Monolith by Warren Ogden

Community and Cultural Development Committee chairperson Ann-Maree Greaney said the 89 finalists in the competition were incredible works.

“I am always pleasantly surprised by just how high quality the ceramic works submitted into the North Queensland Ceramic Awards is [sic],” Cr Greaney said.

“This year’s awards are no exception. We’ve had entries from our home state, as well as from across the country and even a couple of entries from Hong Kong, which is a fantastic result.

“Having a Townsville local amongst the winners is wonderful, and just goes to show the calibre of our local artists.”

Cr Greaney said the winning pieces were all very different from each other.

CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Fall by Annette Bukovinsky, Striped Pyjamas by Cecily Willis, and It’s Not Dark Yet by Mollie Bosworth.

“The five award winners are one-of-a-kind, they all tell their own unique stories as standalone pieces,” she said.

“Now that Perc Tucker Regional Gallery is open again I’d strongly recommend everyone to go and check out the finalists, who have created stunning works.”

2020 North Queensland Ceramic Awards winners

City of Townsville Art Collection Award
$10,000 acquisitive
Mahala Hill – Armoured Mist Frog 2020. Bone china, porcelain, stoneware, volcanic glaze

Pack & Send Townsville Award
$1500 acquisitive
Mollie Bosworth – It’s Not Dark Yet 2019. Porcelain, metallic salts


Loloma Jewellers Award in memory of Betty Jackson 
$1000 acquisitive
Annette Bukovinsky – Fall 2020. Porcelain and bitumen

EMU Sportswear Award
$1000 acquisitive
Warren Ogden – Monolith 2020. BRT, blue/purple stoneware glaze

The Rainford Family Award
$500 acquisitive 
Cecily Willis – Striped Pyjamas 2020. Red stoneware clay and low fired dry glaze


The North Queensland Ceramic Awards will be exhibited at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery until Sunday 20 September.

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