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I’ve been working as a ceramic artist for over forty years and create wheel thrown porcelain vessels that are gently altered to express notions of place. I use the idiosyncratic quality of ceramic glazes to express ephemeral effects of light, weather and time. My work is paired down to convey an elemental sense of environments such as the vast topography and silent spaces at Lake Mungo in southern NSW, a place of profound and cultural spiritual significance. When I collaborate with artist Belinda Fox the places she conjures in her paintings are my inspiration.

Curriculum vitae

NEVILLE FRENCH 
Born 1955 Maryborough, Victoria, Australia.

 

Education 
2000: MA Fine Art, Research (Ceramics) RMIT University, Melbourne. 
1983: Certificate of Stoneware Glazes, Brisbane CAE.
1980: Grad. Dip of Education, Hawthorn State College, Melbourne. 
1976: Diploma of Fine Art (Ceramics) Ballarat CAE. 

 

Selected Awards 
2013: Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award – Acquisition Award 
2012: VITRIFY Alcorso Ceramic Award (Winner)
2010: National Clunes Ceramics Award  (Winner) 
2008: Project Grant – New Work VAB Australia Council 
2008: Gold Coast International  Ceramic Art Award –Acquisition Award 
2005: International Touring & Export Grant- Arts Victoria 
2004: Craft in Site Grant, Craft Victoria 
2001: Project Grant – New Work VACF Australia Council 
2000: National Craft Acquisition Award, MAGNT, Darwin 
1999: Public Art Work, Ballarat Police and Law Courts 
1997: Project Grant – New Work VACF Australia Council 
1977: Australia Council Crafts Board Grant to work with Master Craftsman John Gilbert  

 

Teaching

1982-2012: Teacher and Coordinator – Ceramics, Arts Academy, University of Ballarat. 
2016-2018: Teacher, School of Clay and Art, Melbourne 
2001-2002: External assessor RMIT University
2013: Judge: Vitrify Alcorso National Ceramic Award
2013 & 2015: Clunes National Ceramics Award
2013: Trudie Alfred Bequest Scholarship

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Individual & Two Person Exhibitions

 

2017: ‘Tilt’ Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney (with Belinda Fox)
2015: Kerry Lowe Gallery, Sydney (with Cathy Franzi)
2013: ‘Hua Ping’, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong (collaborative ceramics with Belinda Fox) 
2012: Give & Take, Beaver Galleries, Canberra  (collaboration with Belinda Fox) 
2011: “Slip”, Belinda Fox, Arthouse Gallery, Sydney  (collaborative ceramics) 
2010: Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne 
2009: Galerie Rosenhauer, Goettingen, Germany 
2007: Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne 
2004: Galerie Hors- Saison, Melbourne 
2000: Charles Nodrum Gallery, Melbourne 
1999: Nancy Margolis Gallery, NYC, USA 
1997: Ararat Art Gallery, Victoria; 
1997: Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne 
1995: Distelfink Gallery, Melbourne  

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2017: 
Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria, Melbourne (finalist)
Ceramics Collection 17, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney
90 x 90: 90 Artworks from 90 Years of Collecting, Whitehorse Arts Centre, Box Hill, Melbourne

 

2016: 
Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Qld
Contemporary Porcelain, Ten Australian Masters, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney
Highlights from the Victoria Ceramics Collection, Whitehorse Artspace, Box Hill Town Hall, Melb.

 

2015: 
Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Art Gallery, Hobart (finalist)
Victorian Craft Award, Craft Victoria, Melbourne (finalist)
Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Manningham Art Gallery, Victoria (finalist)
BeLonging: Embodied Commentaries Inspired by Place, ANU School of Art, Canberra (In conjunction with the Australian Ceramics Triennial)
Contemporary Clay, Olsen Irwin Gallery, Sydney 
Welcome to Table, Pomegranate Hall, Castlemaine State Festival, Victoria
Earth, Fire and Water 50 years of Shaping the Elements, Castelmaine Art Gallery, Victoria
 

2014: 
Terroir, Jamfactory at Seppeltsfield, Barossa Valley,  South Australia 
Australia/Korea Invitational Exhibition, Hanyang University Gallery, Seoul, South Korea 
The Course of Objects; The Fine Lines of Inquiry, Manly Art Gallery, Sydney NSW 
Important Exhibition of Australian Ceramics, Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne

 

2013: 
Small Works, Beaver Galleries, Canberra
Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Melbourne, Victoria  

 

2012: 
Cecily and Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award, National Gallery of Victoria. (Finalist) 
VITRIFY Alcoso Ceramic Award, Jamfactory Craft & Design Centre, Adelaide SA (Winner) 
Enduring Forms, Aptos Cruz Gallery, Stirling SA (both In conjunction with the Australian Ceramics Triennale SA) 
Recent Acquisitions and Works on Paper, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Vic 
Scope 012, Arts Academy PO Gallery, University of Ballarat, Victoria  

 

2011: 
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Council Chambers, Sydney (Finalist) 
‘A Day at the Beach’, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany 
Manningham Victorian Ceramic Art Award, Manningham ,Victoria (Finalist) 
National Ceramics Award Clunes Victoria (Finalist) 
Scope, Arts Academy PO Gallery, University of Ballarat, Victoria  

 

2010: 
National Ceramics Award Clunes, Victoria (Winner)
27th Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Queensland (Finalist) 
City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart, Tas (Finalist)
Colour, Texture, Form, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Surfers Paradise, Queensland 
Scope, Arts Academy PO Gallery, University of Ballarat, Victoria  

 

2009: 
Tablewares: Contemporary International Ceramics, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Sydney
Here/Now Mossgreen Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria 
Scope, Arts Academy PO Gallery, University of Ballarat, Victoria  

 

2008: 
Vessel/Sculpture, German and International Ceramics Since 1946 
Grassi Museum of Applied Art, Leipzig, Germany 
Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, Qld 
Gift of Rod Fyffe, Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria  

 

2007: 
Celebration, Manly Art Gallery & Museum, Sydney, NSW

 

2006:
Australische Impressionen, Galerie Rosenhauer, Goettingen, Germany 
Innovations: Melbourne- Hong Kong, Nellie Casten Gallery, Melbourne 
Tainted Love: Contemporary Developments in Landscape, Bendigo Art Gallery 
Encrusted: Australian Woodfired Ceramics, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne  

 

2005: 
Porcelain- Three Makers, Beaver Galleries, Canberra 
City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Art Gallery, Hobart, TAS 
COLLECT, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK. (Australian Contemporary) 
Light Matters, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria 
University of Ballarat Ceramics, Arts Academy PO Gallery, Ballarat, Victoria  

 

2004: 
Heresy: The Secret Language of Materials, Craft Victoria Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria 
Bowl’d and Beautiful, Ceramic Art Gallery , Sydney, NSW 
Elemental, Fala Gallery, Arizona, USA 
Victorian Connection, Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney, NSW 
Masters 2, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne, VIC 
Affordable Art Exhibition Sydney, Represented by Ceramic Art Gallery Sydney, NSW 
Porcelain Winter Exhibition, Cudgegong House, Gulgong, NSW 
Encore, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria  

 

2003: 
Going Forward, The Sybaris Gallery, Michigan, USA 
Walkers Imperial Porcelain, Skepsi Gallery, Melbourne  

 

2002: 
Less is More / Less is a Bore, Brisbane City Art Gallery, Queensland 
Australian Art Exhibition, Exhibition Building,  Melbourne. Represented by Shepparton Art Gallery 
25 Years Retrospective Craft Acquisition Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 
Cowra Art Gallery Callen Award, Cowra Art Gallery, NSW  

 

2001: 
International Ceramics 2- Foreign Soil,  The Sybaris Gallery, Michigan, USA 
 

2000: Australian Ceramics, Galerie Marianne Heller, Heidelberg, Germany 
19th National Craft Acquisition Award, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory  

 

1999: 
Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art (SOFA) New York, USA, Represented by  Nancy Margolis Gallery NY, USA
City of Hobart Art Prize, Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania 
Contemporary Australian Porcelain, Beaver Galleries, Canberra 
White, Ceramic Art Gallery, Sydney
Teawares Towards 2000, Distelfink Gallery, Melb 
Rice Bowls, Jam Factory Gallery, S.A
RMIT University Masters, Yuan University, Taiwan  

 

1998:
Contemporary International Ceramics, The Sybaris Gallery, Michigan, USA
Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art (SOFA) Chicago, Represented by The Sybaris Gallery, Michigan, USA 
Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art (SOFA) New York, Represented by Nancy Margolis Gallery, NY,  USA 
Contemplating the Bowl: Distelfink Gallery, Melb 
Ceramic Art,  Quadrivium Gallery, Sydney 
The Woodfire Aesthetic, Distelfink Gallery, Melb  

 

1997: 
Bowled Over: Savode Gallery, Brisbane 
Teawares, Distelfink Gallery, Melb  

 

1996: 
Stillness, Craft A.C.T. Gallery, Canberra in conjunction with the 8th National Australian Ceramics Conference International Connections 
Vessel, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra , in conjunction with the 8th National Australian Ceramics Conference International Connections 
Australian Woodfire Survey: Strathnaire Homestead Gallery, Canberra in conjunction with the 8th National Australian Ceramics Conference International Connections The Bowl’d and the Beautiful, The Moore’s Building, Fremantle, WA 
National Craft Acquisition Award: Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 
Directors Choice, Distelfink Gallery, Melb.  

Represented by:

Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney www.kerrielowe.com 
Beaver Galleries, Canberra  www.beavergalleries.com.au 
Galerie Rosenhauer, Germany www.galerie–rosenhauer.de

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