The Australian National University (ANU) hosted eight artists from remote Indigenous communities across Australia as part of the ‘Remote Communities Ceramic Network Residency’. Erub artists Racy Oui-Pitt and Ellarose Savage were invited, along with fellow artists Nephi Denham and Alison Murray from Girringun Aboriginal Art Centre in Queensland. The residency was run by Joanne Searle of the ANU School of Art and Design Ceramics Workshop. Ms Searle said the aim of the residency was to encourage artists from communities around Australia to share skills and stories.
“Indigenous artists have been using clay for thousands of years, in fact some of the first known clay works have been found in Australia. These are stories and techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. Together the artists have travelled more than 18,000 kilometres to be here from some of the most remote parts of Australia. It has been great to see the artists discussing ideas and trying out new techniques. They are very open to talking about their work and our students have been able to watch and learn from the artists,” said Ms Searle.
Main image credit: Ellarose Savage and Racy Oui-Pitt at the ANU ceramic workshop. Image: Erurb Arts