Making objects from clay extends back thousands of generations among Australia’s First Peoples. Much has been passed down from generation to generation, and this knowledge manifests in the present, draws on the past, and extends into the future.
The third iteration of the KHT’s annual Blak Design Program brought together nine participants, from an open call for entry, to work with ceramics during 2023 under the mentorship of Janet Fieldhouse (Torres Strait Islander) and David Ray.
Fired Up: Stories Through Embers and Earth explores the possibilities of clay as a design medium, and brings works created by the Blak Design Program participants grounded in Community, Country and Place and reflecting personal histories and individual storytelling
We acknowledge and thank the participating designers in the Blak Design Program: Annie Brigdale (Yorta Yorta), Suzanne Connelly-Klidomitis (Wiradjuri), Nicholas Currie (Yugambeh, Kuku Yalanji), Trina Dalton-Oogjes (Wadawurrung, Gunditjmara), Eleanor Franks (Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi), Mick Harding (Taungurung), Darcy McConnell (Dja Dja Wurrung, Yorta Yorta), Sean Miller (Gamilaroi) and Corina Muir (Yorta Yorta, Boonwurrung).
Now in its third year, the Blak Design Program is presented by the KHT with the generous support of the Ian Potter Foundation, RMIT University and Fed Square, to foster First Peoples cultural innovation within the Victorian design sector and provide a platform for nurturing sustainable, First Peoples design practices.
Fired Up: Stories Through Embers and Earth is presented by KHT with the generous support of our exhibition programming partners Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, the Australian Government Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support, the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory board, and ANZ Bank. The KHT’s annual Blak Design Program is proudly support by the Ian Potter Foundation, and in partnership with RMIT University and Fed Square.