CAPO Grants Round Winners – Abbey Jamieson
Abbey Jamieson is a young Canberra born-and-bred emerging artist who works predominantly with clay. She attended Canberra Potters classes at the age of 12, then decided to study Fashion Design at the ANU. However, after a short time, she switched over to Ceramics, never losing her love for textiles in the process. In 2018 she graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), majoring in Ceramics. During her second year, Abbey spent a semester abroad at the Alberta College of Art and Design, in Calgary, Canada.
In 2019 Abbey was awarded a CAPO Emerging Artist grant which assisted in funding a collaborative exhibition ‘Pinched Paintings’ in 2021 with fellow artist Rowan McGinness. She has also been awarded an Arts ACT grant for ‘Homefront’, and in 2015 won the Boronia Award and gained a residency in 2017 at Canberra Potters.
In 2021, Abbey has had 3 exhibitions, all of them delayed by 2020’s extraordinary circumstances: ‘Pinched Paintings’; ‘Immerse’ at Canberra Potters; and ‘Formation’ at Belco Arts, where her work was part of a group show.
Until recently, Abbey’s main focus has been the creation of beautiful soda-fired vessels, often set upon a textile ‘cushion’. However, she sees her work branching out in the near future, in the form of ceramic planters.
Abbey declares that without the assistance of CAPO which supports [among others] emerging artists, she could not have progressed to the stage she has. She sees the Canberra community as being extraordinarily supportive and creative, and a wonderful environment in which artists can develop and thrive.
CAPO acknowledges the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people as the traditional owners of the land where we live and learn, and pays its respects to their elders past, present and emerging.