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Avi Amesbury graduated from the Australian National University School of Art with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Ceramics) with Honours in 2002. As a student she undertook a three-month study period at HongIk University in Seoul, Republic of Korea.


Her work has been selected for national and international exhibitions including Ceramica Multiplex, the Sidney Myer Fund International Ceramic Award, First Selection of Mino Japan, the Gold Coast International Ceramics Award and the International Triennial of Silicate Arts.


She has participated in symposiums, exhibitions and festivals across Australia and overseas, including in Japan, Croatia, Scotland, Hungary, United States of America and Israel. her work has been acquired for public and private collections and art galleries.


Avi is currently a Council Member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) and representative for the Oceania region. She has been on the AIC Finance Commission since 2023. She is a member of The Australian Ceramics Association and the international ceramics network, Artaxis.


Avi has made contributions to the Australian arts community through her various professional and voluntary roles. Her contributions have included Treasurer of The Australian Ceramics Association (2018-2019); Founder and Artistic Director, DESIGN Canberra Festival (2013-2015); CEO/Artistic Director, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre (2010-2016); Co-Judge, 9th International Craft Competition, 2015 Cheongju International Craft Biennale; and Chair, Stepping Up: The Australian Ceramics Triennale (2015).


Her work is inspired by nature and her interests lie in exploring ‘connections to place’. In 2017 she was artist-in-residence at the Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center in Tel Aviv, exploring Israel as an ancient land resonating with historic Holy Land of the Bible, and her own connection to ‘place’ in the Australian landscape.


Her current research, The Self-Reconciliation Project, focuses on her own family history, one of the first settler families to arrive in Quairading in Western Australia, and explores issues of land dispossession, violence and racism. In 2022 she undertook a six-month research residency at the Fremantle Arts Centre exploring the notion of ‘self-reconciliation’ followed by a two-month residency in 2023 at Central Craft in Mparntwe/Alice Springs immersing herself in the landscape to gain a deeper understanding of the deep spiritual connection between ‘place’ and people.


Curriculum Vitae 

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