Melbourne Ikebana Container Award & Exhibition

Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival is pleased to present an opportunity for ceramic artists to create artworks to inspire ikebana artists. Hiroe Swen will be the judge for this award. $1000 cash prize (non - acquisitive).

  • Date: 11.09.2021 11:00 AM - 12.09.2021 05:00 PM
  • Location: Rosina, Abbotsford Victoria, Australia (Map)


Melbourne Ikebana Container Award & Exhibition

Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival 2021


Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival is pleased to present an opportunity for ceramic artists to create artworks to inspire ikebana artists.

The choice of container is a quintessential element of ikebana. The artistic essence of ikebana lies in the creation of unity between a container and cut flowers by an ikebana artist. This unity makes it possible to capture the true spirit of the flowers.

Internationally renowned ceramic artist, Hiroe Swen will be the judge for this award.  


Important dates: 

1 July 2021: Entries open

6 August 2021: Entries close

13 August 2021: Finalists Announcement. See our News page. 

5 pm - 7 pm, 10 September 2021: Delivery of artwork

8 pm, 10 September 2021: Judging

11 pm, 10 September 2021: Winner announcement 

10am, 11 September 2021: Award ceremony

11:00 am - 5:00 pm, 11 & 12 September 2021: Exhibition (Admission Free)

5 pm - 7 pm, 12 September 2021: Collection of artwork


Prize: Hiroe Swen Award - $1000 Cash Prize (non-acquisitive)


Judge: Hiroe Swen

Ceramic artist, Former Lecturer in Ceramics at the Australian National University Institute of the Arts.

Hiroe Swen was born in Kyoto. At age 23 Hiroe began a 5 and a half year apprenticeship at the Kyoto Crafts Institute under master potter H Hayashi. At that time, female potters were very rare and Hiroe was a pioneer in ceramic society. She met her future husband Cornel in the mid-sixties and together they migrated to Australia in 1968. Hiroe and Cornel have lived in Australia ever since and throughout her life. Hiroe has been a prolific creator of ever changing and evolving hand built ceramics. In 2016, Hiroe-san was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays by the Government of Japan for her contribution to the promotion of Japanese culture and mutual understanding between Japan and Australia.


Curators: Ryoko Winstanley (Chief Curator), Shoan Lo, Sue Healey & Shoto Duke (Ikebana Artists)


Venue: Rosina, Abbotsford Convent, Abbotsford, Victoria (Please check where Rosina is on the map in our contact page before you arrive Abbotsford Convent)



Entries from all levels of experience welcome. Entrants have to be an Australian resident.

All artworks should measure 45x45x45cm or less.

Artwork has to hold water for ikebana.

One artwork per entrant (A set of two or more works is not accepted). 

The decision of the judges is final.


Entry Fee:

$40. Entry fees is non-refundable.


How to Apply:

1.      Please read the full Terms and Conditions carefully.

2.      Pay your entry fee (Aus $40) to Shoso/JAPEP using (a) or (b) or (c). 

(a) Transfer funds to Shoso Shimbo, BSB 033 070, Acc. 286877 with reference CA Surname Initial (eg. CA Smith P).

(b) Paypal Me. Use either credit card or Paypal

(c) Paypal QR code

3.      Fill out and submit the application form

4.      Once your entry form and payment has been submitted, please allow up to 5 business days for confirmation of your entry.

Note (1): Your application will not be accepted if you send it without paying entry fee or if you send more than 2 images of 1 or more works. Please send only one image of one work.   

Note (2): Please don't include flower arrangement in your work. 


Finalists Announcement:

Our curators will select the finalists. Finalists will be noted by email as well as on our website by 13 August 2021.   


Delivery of artwork to Rosina, Abbotsford Convent:

Artwork drop off (in person): Friday 10 September between 5pm - 7pm.

If artwork is not delivered by 7pm on Friday, it will not be included in the exhibition and fees will not be refunded.

Delivery costs are at the expense of the artist.

Please don't include flower arrangement in your work. 



8pm, 10 September 2021 - Judging takes place. Hiroe Swen will choose the winner.

By 11 pm, 10 September 2021 - Winner will be notified by text message and announced on our website (Please don’t contact us for the results). If you win the award, please join our award ceremony. 

Award Ceremony:

10 am, 11 September 2021 - Award ceremony as a part of Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival Opening at Rosina, Abbotsford Convent.


Collection and return of works:

Artist/courier collection in person: Unsold works MUST be collected from Rosina on Sunday 12 September 2021 between 5 - 7pm.

Work not collected by the time may be disposed of.


Stalls during the exhibition:

A small number of stall spaces will be available for ceramic artists or ikebana related businesses during the exhibition in or around Rosina. If you have stall holder insurance, please send your Expression of Interest now. Application opens in August 2021. 

Contact: Ryoko Winstanley,


Terms & Conditions:


1. All submitted works are for sale during our exhibition. 

2. Commission on sold works: 33% commission on artwork sales applies. This includes GST where applicable. We will try to transfer the agreed amount to your nominated account within 4 weeks from the exhibition.


3. We will notify when your work is sold during the exhibition on our website. Exhibitors are encouraged to check our News page in our website. 


4. The people who bought the work will be asked to collect it at the end of the exhibition, 5pm on 12th of September, unless a special arrangement is made.  


5. Award: Award money will be transferred to the winner’s account in Australia within 4 weeks from the exhibition. We do not transfer money overseas.  

6.  Images of your work may be used in our website, instagram, YouTube etc to promote our event. 

7. Insurance: While we take the utmost care of artwork, Melbourne Ikebana Festival takes no responsibility for theft, loss or damage of artwork. It is advised that concerned artists purchase their own insurance. 


8. Cancellation: If this exhibition/award is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, we will refund your entry fee. Institution fees will be deducted.