Vanessa Lucas,  Placid Vases , porcelain. Image courtesy the maker.

Vanessa Lucas, Placid Vases, porcelain. Image courtesy the maker.

2019 Victorian Craft Awards

Exquisite objects, jewellery, textiles and furniture by finalists in the 2019 Victorian Craft Awards will be exhibited at Craft Victoria from 19 October to 30 November.

The Victorian Craft Awards celebrate excellence in contemporary craft practice by artisans across Victoria. Winners of the Victorian Craft Awards will be announced on 31 October.

Presenting a cutting-edge vision of craft in the 21st century, the Awards are an important survey of contemporary artistic approaches across a range of media. Showcasing exceptional levels of skill and innovation, the 51 finalists represent the vitality of the flourishing contemporary Victorian craft sector.

FINALISTS

Adam Markowitz, Alan Constable, Alex Lesniowski, Alterfact , Anna Davern, Anton Gerner, Aphra Cheesman, Belinda Newick, Bronwyn Hack, Cassie Leatham, Christine Rogers, Christopher Plumridge, David Ray, Dawn Tang, Fiona Fitzgerald, Garry Bish, Hannah Gartside, Inari Kiuru, Jan Vogelpoel, Jane Reilly, Jane Sawyer, Jo Hawley, Joungmee Do, Kait James, Kate Brouwer, Katheryn Leopoldseder, Katie Collins, Katrina Tyler, Lindy McSwan, Lisa Waup, Magdalena Dmowska, Maree Clarke, Mark Edgoose Maureen Williams, Mehrnoosh Ganji, Michaela Pegum, Michelle Stewart, Mikako Chiba, Mu Naw Poe, Nicholas Bastin, Rosie Gunzburg, Ross Thompson, Ruben Gray, Sally Kent, Sam Mertens, Shuklay Tahpo, Timothy Gresham, Vanessa Lucas, Vicki Mason, Yi Jen Chu, Yoko Ozawa.

Details on each of the finalists' work will be available here from Friday 11 October.

L - R: Shuklay Tahpo,  Pattern Tapestry Series . Image courtesy the maker; Ross Thompson ,  Gentleman’s robe . Ebonised Oak & Black Heart Sassafras. Photography Tess Kelly

L - R: Shuklay Tahpo, Pattern Tapestry Series. Image courtesy the maker; Ross Thompson , Gentleman’s robe. Ebonised Oak & Black Heart Sassafras. Photography Tess Kelly


FINALISTS

Adam Markowitz
Alan Constable
Alex Lesniowski
Anna Davern
Anton Gerner
Aphra Cheesman
Belinda Newick
Bronwyn Hack
Cassie Leatham
Christine Rogers
Christopher Plumridge
David Ray
Dawn Tang
Fiona Fitzgerald
Garry Bish
Hannah Gartside
Inari Kiuru
Jan Vogelpoel
Jane Sawyer

Mika Chiba
MuNaw Poe
Nicholas Bastin
Rosie Gunzburg
Ross Thompson
Ruben Gray
Sally Kent
Samuel Mertens
Shuklay Tahpo
Tim Gresham
Vanessa Lucas
Vicki Mason
Yi Jen Chu
Yoko Ozawa

Jane Reilly
Jo Hawley
Joungmee Do
Kait James
Kate Brouwer
Katheryn Leopoldseder
Katie Collins
Katrina Tyler
Lindy McSwan
Lisa Waup
Altefact
Magdalena Dmowska
Maree Clarke
Mark Edgoose
Maureen Williams
Mehrnoosh Ganji
Michaela Pegum
Michelle Stewart

 

EXHIBITION TIMELINE

Friday 9 August
Craft Victoria announces finalists who will be showcased in the six week long 2019 Victorian Craft Awards exhibition.

Saturday 19 October - Saturday 30 November
The 2019 Victorian Craft Awards exhibition officially opens to the public, presenting some of the most exciting artists working in Australia today.

Monday 21 - Tuesday 22 October
Craft Victoria’s panel of esteemed judges nominate the winners of the 2019 Victorian Craft Award categories.

Thursday 31 October
Craft Victoria announces the 2019 Award category winners at a launch event and celebration held at the La Trobe Ballroom at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.
The launch event is attended by Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, artists and Award sponsors.


2019 Award categories

With thanks to our major supporter, the State Government of Victoria, Craft is thrilled to announce the Award categories and Sponsors of this year’s Victorian Craft Awards.

$10,000 | Lynne Kosky Award for Contemporary Jewellery |
Honouring the legacy of Victorian Government Minister and longstanding patron and advocate of the arts, Lynne Kosky, Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Art Form: Contemporary jewellery; open to all career stages
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$5,000 | Excellence Award |
Recognising the highest achievement in creativity, innovation and design across media.
Supported by the Bowness Family Foundation.

Art Form: All; open to all career stages

$4,000 | Jardan Furniture and Timber Award |
Celebrating inspirational design and craftsmanship in timber
Supported by Jardan.

Art Form: Furniture and timber; open to all career stages

$2,500 | Jewellery Encouragement Award |
Supported by the Williamson and Kosky families.

Art Form: Contemporary jewellery; open to emerging makers


$1,200 | Emerging Artist Award |
Supported by Moloney Architects.
 
Art Form: All; open to emerging makers
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$1,000 | People’s Choice Award |
Supported by Craft Victoria
 
Art Form: All, open to all career stages
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$500 | Encouragement Award |
Supported by The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society. (Yarra)
 
Art Form: All; open to emerging makers
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A special thanks to our generous Award sponsors:

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