Portage Ceramic AWARDS 2018

Entries are now closed for the Portage Ceramic Awards 2018. Established in 2001 and administered by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery with support from The Trusts Community Foundation, The Portage Ceramic Awards are Aotearoa-New Zealand’s best-known survey of contemporary ceramic activity.

All Portage 18 finalists will be exhibited at Te Uru in the Portage Ceramic Awards exhibition, which runs from 9 November 2018 - 10 February 2019. Winners will be announced at the Portage Ceramic Awards event on Thursday 8 November, when the exhibition and publication are launched. 


Entries closed on 6 August 2018
Shortlisted entries notified on 24 September
Shortlisted works due at Te Uru by 10 October

Finalists Announced on 27 October
Awards evening on 8 November 2018
Exhibition at Te Uru from 9 November 2018 – 10 February 2019


The premier Portage Ceramic Award carries a prize of $15,000. Up to three merit awards totaling $3000 are also on offer, along with a People's Choice award of $1000.

The overall winner winner and up to three merit award winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi, Auckland on 8 November 2018.

Tickets $40 - (09) 817 8087 | info@teuru.org.nz

THE judge

Introducing the Portage 18 judge, American artist Bari Ziperstein. Bari Ziperstein Studio / Bzippy is at the forefront of a thriving ceramic scene in Los Angeles. As well as gallery-based exhibitions and site-specific public installations, Ziperstein also produces functional ceramics through her company, BZippy & Co. Read more

The Selection Process

The selection of works for the 2018 Portage Ceramic Awards is a two-stage process. Approximately 60 works will be selected by the judge from submitted images. Shortlisted artists will be invited to send their works to Te Uru for the final selection, where the judge will confirm the award winners and works for the exhibition.

For the latest updates and ongoing Portage news, keep an eye on this page via www.teuru.org.nz/portage or the Portage Ceramic Awards Facebook page. You can view previous Portage Ceramic Awards exhibitions and results in our archive section.

Image: Mel Ford, Roll: 10,560

Enquiries: 09 817 8087 or portage@teuru.org.nz