CERAMIX Curator & Artists in Conversation at Manly Art Gallery & Museum | L to R; Varuni Kanagasundaram, Louise Meuwissen, Sai-Wai Foo, Sophia Cai, Glenn Barkley, Canbora Bayraktar,  Sassy Park, Mara Schwerdtfeger and Eloise White

CERAMIX Curator & Artists in Conversation at Manly Art Gallery & Museum | L to R; Varuni Kanagasundaram, Louise Meuwissen, Sai-Wai Foo, Sophia Cai, Glenn Barkley, Canbora Bayraktar, Sassy Park, Mara Schwerdtfeger and Eloise White

by Australian Ceramics
TACA Board News


TACA Board met on 10 June 2021 on the Zoom platform.

We discussed our next TACA member survey, as it’s a valuable way to gain feedback and target our services to meet our members’ needs. We are particularly interested in also holding a non-member survey to understand how we may attract their interest. Our new website has the possibility for a members-only login area and we are investigating how this service may offer content and resources that may be useful.

TACA Board approved the increase in price of The Journal of Australian Ceramics to cover increased production and postage costs. TACA Membership fees have therefore also increased as membership includes a JAC subscription. 

Mike Hall proposed that we activate the awarding of Honorary and Life Memberships as noted in TACA's constitution. TACA Board thinks that the wording in the constitution needs a small adjustment for Section 13 Classes of Member clause (a)The Directors may invite [DELETE 'members' and change to] a person or persons to be Honorary Members of the company without payment and for the period and on the conditions the Directors determine.’

We will formally notify members of our proposed change to the constitution prior to TACA's AGM in September/October 2021, so that a vote can be taken at that meeting. TACA Board will also consider the criteria and process by which the awards will be given, within the constitutional guidelines.

It’s pleasing that we have had good take up of our Graduate to Studio Membership Program, a new way to support emerging makers by connecting them with TACA services and community through one year of free membership. Thanks go to Tracey Mitchell for compiling our website ‘Ceramic Competitions Around the World’ list.

Vicki Grima (TACA EO) presented various statistics for TACA Board to consider. Did you know that our membership in NSW is twice that of Victoria and greatly more than in other states and territories? We aim to drill down into these statistics in the future to understand them further. We also know that around 60% of TACA members actively engage with Touch Clay Weekly enews, an excellent statistic considering this is the most common and regular way for us to communicate to our members.

CERAMIX, TACA's exhibition in partnership with MAG&M, has come to an end with great success in public interest and attendance. Congratulations again to all involved particularly guest curator Sophia Cai, Katherine Roberts (MAG&M), Vicki Grima and the 28 artists from around the country.

The board has approved funding and resources to develop a webinar series, an outcome of the research and discussion undertaken by the Mentorship Working Group. The idea is for various panels of experienced artists/ practitioners to give insight into different aspects of establishing a ceramic practice. We’ll keep you updated!  

We’re tracking well on our Strategic Plan yearly goals and take direction for future projects from its detail and depth.

The next board meeting is Thursday 5 August, 2–5pm.

We welcome new TACA members who joined between 6 May and 30 June 2021:
Evelyn Davies, Gabriela Hill, Castlemaine Clay, Karen Bothmann, Michelle Irlam, Sarah Webb, Greta Fortmann, Tracy Emerson, Blake Smith, Angela Halkias-Champ, Golshad Asami, Nicky Cooney, Janinne Pemberton, Caroline Harada, Lesley Tarlinton, Jessica Laureano, Charmaine Searle, Vanessa Sim, Kathryn Fogarty, Penny McIntosh, Wendy Phillips, Susan Buret, Astrid Salomon, Trudi Chudleigh, Tess Rapa, Lynne Anderson, Rhonda Stewart-Crisanti, Charlie Buchner, Gu Jun Yu, Victoria de Aboitiz, John Brighenti, Tatsiana Shevarenkova, Bernadette Huang, Joanne Mackenzie, Brad Rosam, Alan Mendoza, Louise Goggin, Judy Waugh & Valerie Vigar.

TACA Board 2020/21
Cathy Franzi (President) ACT; cathyfranzi.com
Mike Hall, NSW; instagram.com/mikefhall
Kate Jones, VIC; soca.com.au/about/
Janetta Kerr Grant, VIC: janettakerrgrant.com.au
Diamando Koutsellis, NSW; diamando.com.au
Holly Macdonald, VIC; instagram.com/h_ollymacdonald
Alana Wilson, NSW; alanawilson.com

Secretary: Vicki Grima
Executive Officer: Vicki Grima
Auditor: Dennis Woollam

TACA’s next Annual General Meeting will be held in September/October 2021.

Like to contact TACA BOARD?
Send an email to mail@australianceramics.com; Subject: EMAIL TO TACA BOARD

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PO Box 677 Alexandria NSW 1435
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We pay our respects to Indigenous Elders, past, present and emerging, and to any other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in our Association, its events and programs.