The Australian Ceramics Triennale; Apmere Mparntwe

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The Australian Ceramics Triennale is the nation’s flagship ceramics conference, bringing artists, educators, theorists, and collectors together from around the country to interrogate the field of contemporary ceramic practice.

In 2022, the Triennale; Apmere Mparntwe, will take place 19 to 22 July in Mparntwe / Alice Springs, and includes satellite events in the weeks both before and after the conference.

Mparntwe / Alice Springs is home to central Arrernte people and a vibrant and diverse arts community who are honoured to live and work on Arrernte Country. Surrounded by the majestic world heritage listed ranges of Tjoritja National Park and criss-crossed by ancestral stories of yeperenye caterpillar and akngwelye thylacine. The region encompasses many biologically rich and complex ecosystems, a vast array of animals and plants and spectacular desert country. This is Apmere Mparntwe (this place is Alice Springs). What better place to consider clay, earth, terte and what we do with it, how it connects us and how to live and work sustainably and respectfully.

Apmere Mparntwe is hosted by Central Craft and The Australian Ceramics Association and will be based out of the Araluen Cultural Precinct, which will be your warle, your home for three days. Additional exhibitions and events will be running in creative spaces throughout town, and camps and residencies will be hosted in various locations further out.


Begin each morning with an immersive experience lead by local Arrernte people, to ground you and expand your experience and understanding of place. Then settle in for a jam-packed program of discussions, presentations, chat fests, workshops and demonstrations geared around the daily themes, Archetype, Alchemy, and Anarchy.

Day 1: Archetype ayeye

Think bedrock – people, place, story – think visceral, think tactility, think human condition, think cultural, historical, and contemporary narratives, think wild clay and material politics and sustainability, think place making and making place.

Day 2: Alchemy – arrpenhe

Think transformation personal, social, environmental, think sumptuous surfaces and technical wowsery, think inspirational practices and pathways.

Day 3: Anarchy akngarte – iweme

Think activism, think politics, think alternative perspectives, think rule breakers, and change agents.


Central Craft will host a series of ceramic demonstrations from leading national artists from wheel throwing to sculpture, workshops, and masterclasses prior to the event with bush camps sleeping under the desert skies


When you need to decompress from all the stimulus lounge in the shade of the magnificent Yeperenye sculpture, amongst the gum trees and around the fire pits. A place to relax, share stories, chew the fat and maybe some roo tail, put the billy on and engage in some hands-on community projects.


Delight in a suite of exhibitions around town including, but not limited to, these pearlers.

Clay on Country showcases the work of over 30 artists living and working in Central Australia including those living in Alice Springs as well as those working out of studios based at the end of long corrugated desert roads throughout the Pitjantjatjara and Ngannyatjarra Lands.

ADC On Tour SIXTY celebrating the 60th anniversary of everyone’s favourite mag – The Journal of Australian Ceramics – including 22 artists that have intrigued, amazed and inspired readers over the years.

Drawn by Stones, bringing together artists who utilise the ceramic medium to interrogate contested histories, stolen land, Indigenous sovereignty, and concepts of national identity.


Buy and sell, buy, and sell, buy, and sell. The urge to trade. So, sublime.

Market Stall spots are available for the Triennale Market on Saturday 23rd July 2022, for a fee of $50. If you would like more information, get in touch with Limited capacity so first-in-best-dressed.


Visit local art centres and organisations to hang out with the locals and learn to make bush medicines or weave baskets or dye old blankets. Our Culture Trail map will get you on your way.


Come a few days earlier, stay a few days later and make the most of your time in the centre.

Visit local communities – Hermannsburg, Yuendumu, Wallace Rockhole, Amplatawitj, Keringke all a day trip away.

Walk the amazing Tjoritja east and west of town centre, stop in at waterholes, claypans and ochre pits. Visit iconic Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Watarrka. Be humbled.


Get in quick! Places and accommodation are limited in our lovely town.



Pay It Forward donations can also be made via the ticket link above. Donations will go towards supporting artists from remote indigenous communities to attend the event. Donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

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