Largest exhibition of Victorian craft, with 116 finalists, across four venues.

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This year Craft turns 45 years old, and to celebrate this milestone we are pleased to launch the inaugural Victorian Craft AwardThe Award is a biennial event facilitated by Craft Victoria in the pursuit of presenting and celebrating excellence in the crafts. The award presents emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople across the state of Victoria from individuals utilising craft skills, processes and materials.

Images from the opening night can be viewed here.




Lynne Kosky Jewellery Award $10,000 winner Natalia Milosz-Piekarska
Honouring the legacy of Victorian Arts Minister, Lynne Kosky
Judges: JANET MARNELL BROWN, jeweller; SUSAN COHN jeweller / designer

Jewellery Encouragement Award $2,000 Sun-Woong Bang
Judges: JANET MARNELL BROWN, jeweller; SUSAN COHN jeweller / designer
Supported by the Family of Lynne Kosky

Excellence Award $5,000 Manon van Kouswijk
Judge: TONY ELLWOOD, Director, National Gallery of Victoria
This award will be presented to the most outstanding entry across all disciplines
Supported by the Bowness Family Foundation

Decal Ceramic Award $2,000 Kate Jones
Judge: STEPHEN BENWELL, ceramicist
Supported by Decal Specialists

People’s Choice Award $1,000
Winner will be chosen by popular demand, announced on Tuesday 18 August, on the Craft Facebook page.
Supported by Crivelli Fine Coffee.

Craft Victoria is thrilled to acknowledge the 116 finalists in the inaugural Victorian Craft Award exhibition:

Akiko Nagino, Alan Constable, Amanda Dziedzic, Amy Kennedy, Amy Macdonald, Andrei Davidoff, Angela Nagel, Anna Forsyth, Anna Rowbury, Anna Davern, Anthony Kleine, Bin Dixon-Ward, Blanche Tilden, Bridget Foley, Cassie Leatham Harrap, Catherine Casey, Chela Edmunds, Christopher Plumridge, Claire McArdle, Daniella Zimmerman, Danielle Thiris, David Herbert, Dawn Tang, Ebony Addinsall, Elise Sheehan, Elizabeth Kennedy, Emma Blackmore, Emma Davies, Emma Greenwood, Esther Sandler, Eve Close, Fiona Hiscock, Fiona Murphy, Fleur Brett, Georgia Anson, Helen Dilkes, Helen Walsh, Irene Grishin Selzer, Irianna Kanellopoulou, Isabel Avendano Hazbun, Jane Reilly, Janet Beckhouse, Janetta Kerr-Grant, Jasmine Targett, Jessie Deane, Jia Jia Chen, Jill Symes, John Dermer, Judith Glover and James Dutton, Julia deVille, Karen Terrens, Kari Lee McInneny-McRae, Kate Jones, Kate Cotching, Kate Rohde, Kate Wischusen, Katherine Bowman, Katie Jacobs, Kenny Pittock, Kim Jaeger, Kirsten Perry, Kirsten Haydon, Kris Coad, Lene Kuhl Jakobsen, Linda Hughes, Lindy McSwan, Lisa Waup, Liv Boyle, Lori Kirk, Louise Meuwissen, Louiseann Zahra-King, Lucille Sciallano, Manon van Kouswijk, Marinos Drakopoulos, Mark Edgoose, Maureen Faye-Chauhan, Michael Wong, Minna Graham, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska, Neville French, Nick Bastin, Nicky Hepburn, Nyssa McCullough, Oriel Glennen, Pennie Jagiello, Peter Bollington, Polly van der Glas, Prue Venables, Robyn Phelan, Roseanne Bartley, Ruby Hoppen, Sangeeta Sandrasegar with Sue Batten, Sarah crowEST, Sarah Schembri, Sian Pascale, Sim Luttin, Simon Lloyd, Stephen Ziguras, Sun-Woong Bang, Takahiko Sugawara, Terry Williams, Thomas O’Hara, Tiffany Parbs, Tonya Perini, Tracy Muirhead, Vanessa Lucas, Vicki Mason, Vito Bila, Wendy Jagger, Wendy Golden, Yuko Fujita.

Congratulations to the Finalists and many thanks to the nearly 450 entrants that took part. Finalists will be on show in the award exhibition across four venues – Craft Victoria, fortyfivedownstairs, Sofitel Melbourne and 1 Spring St foyer from 1 – 15 August.

Jane Scott CEO and Artistic Director of Craft said “The depth of ideas shown in the applications made it a joy to review. There were many more excellent applications than we had space for. This exhibition is a celebration of craft practice and talent in Victoria,”

Details on each of the finalists’ work are now available on

Blind shortlisting was undertaken by the following team:
Kirsty Grant, Director, Heide Museum of Modern Art
Jane Scott, CEO/Artistic Director, Craft
Debbie Pryor, Curator, Craft

THE LYNNE KOSKY JEWELLERY AWARD honours the life and legacy of former Arts Minister  and supporter of artists, designers and craftsperson Lynne Kosky.  The Award in particular honours Lynne’s love of jewellery making, an interest that gave her great enjoyment in her final years. Lynne was a devoted, and talented maker of Jewellery. Lynne Kosky gave 14 years of service to the Victorian Parliament; the people of Victoria; and, in particular made a significant contribution to our arts and creative industries. In her role as Arts Minister, she oversaw Melbourne’s successful bid to be designated a UNESCO City of Literature, including the establishment of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas. She played an instrumental role on the redevelopment of Hamer Hall and oversaw the completion of the Melbourne Recital Centre and MTC Theatre in Southbank. As well as these cornerstone projects, she always championed the role of the artist and the independent sector and she recognised the role that arts and creativity can play in community strengthening and improving the lives of people across the state. As well as serving in diverse portfolios from Arts to Finance, Education and Training, and Public Transport; between 2002-2006 she was the Minister responsible for design. In this role she led the development of Australia’s first design strategy and festival – to name just a few of her many achievements. This Award is just one way that we can honour a woman who gave so much to the sector, and to our state.

The Lynne Kosky Jewellery Award is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

JANET MARNELL BROWN is a jeweller, teacher and designer who was an important mentor, tutor and friend of Lynne’s and brings to the inaugural award a personal and professional perspective that is most appropriate and appreciated. Currently Janet is a resident artist at the Gasworks Art Park in Albert Park where she runs an open studio. Since 2004 she has run Studio 1 Two 1 in East St Kilda providing jewellery workshops and mentoring as well as continuing her own practice and commissions. From 2006 to 2009 Janet was the President of the Jewellers and Metalworkers Group of Victoria.

SUSAN COHN has been making work for over 30 years, and has exhibited extensively in Australia and overseas, including a major surveyexhibition – Techno Craft: the work of Susan Cohn 1980-2000 – toured nationally by the National Gallery of Australia. She holds undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in gold and silversmithing from RMIT University, Melbourne; a Doctor of Philosophy in Fine Art Theory from UNSW, Sydney and has been sole director of Workshop 3000 since 1984. Among other accomplishments, she has worked as a designer for the prestigious design company Alessi, curated an international exhibition of contemporary jewellery Unexpected Pleasures: the art and design of contemporary jewellery for the Design Museum London, and edited the accompanying book published by Rizzoli International Publications, New York. Cohn is the current artist trustee for National Gallery of Victoria, and is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne.

STEPHEN BENWELL is a visual artist living in Melbourne, Australia. His body of work, now spanning four decades, comprises ceramics, drawings, works on paper and paintings. He began his career in the mid 1970’s after finishing art school (VCA) in Melbourne.  His work marries studio based investigations of the ceramacist with the painterly and sculptural concerns of the contemporary artist.

Exhibiting regularly since 1975, Benwell has been represented by Niagara Galleries, Melbourne since 2001. In 2013, a career survey of the artist’s work, Stephen Benwell – Beauty, Anarchy, Desire, A Retrospective, was installed at Heide Museum of Modern Art, that same year Benwell was selected to exhibit in Melbourne Now.In 2010 Benwell was the recipient of the Sidney Myer Fund Australian Ceramic Award through Shepparton Art Museum and was a finalist in both the Hobart Art Prize and the Fletcher Jones Art Prize at Geelong Gallery, Victoria.  In 2009 Benwell was awarded the Inaugural Deakin University Small Sculpture Award and an Australia Council Visual Arts Board New Work Grant.

TONY ELLWOOD, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria, has a long and powerful career in Australian galleries and museums. Initially studying Art History, Painting and Museum Studies Ellwood has since held Directorial positions at the Waringarri Aboriginal Arts Cooperative, Bendigo Art Gallery, Queensland Art Gallery and its sister site, the Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA). Ellwood returned to the National Gallery of Victoria as Director, quickly cementing his reputation as a progressive and ambitious Director igniting and embracing the city with 2013’s Melbourne Now, the internationalNGV Triennial and the recent launch of the Contemporary Design and Architecture divisions.


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