Fresh! Awards 2018 - Winner Announcement

Image by: Guy Grabowsky

Image by: Guy Grabowsky


9 February 2018

Last night Craft Victoria revealed the winners of the 2018 Fresh! Awards. The highly anticipated FRESH! exhibition highlights works by 13 recently graduated students in Victoria selected by a judging panel who attended graduate exhibitions of over 30 departments within Tertiary and TAFE institutions. The variety of materials, diversity, innovation and concept-led interpretations continued to amaze last night’s audience and judges.

This year marks the 25th anniversary for Craft Victoria to host this prestigious award and exhibition offering emerging artists a valuable platform to showcase their work.

‘Acknowledging traditions while embracing current shifts in craft, FRESH! continues to challenge our perception of what craft is within a rich art, craft and design landscape. The latest offering provides viewers with a snapshot into what is being created now, as well as signifying what we will see develop into the future.’ said by Sim Luttin craftsperson, Craft Victoria member, curator and gallery manager at Arts Project Australia during her speech last night.

This year’s winners are generously rewarded by prizes which serve to highlight excellence and support further opportunities for emerging craft practitioners.

Dr Helen Sykes AM granted artist Cassandra Prinzi with the Future Leaders cash prize of $1000 for her artwork Untitled from the Oceana Chromophilia series. A love of colour influence informs her jewellery practice. She has recently graduated with an Honours degree from RMIT, specializing in Gold and Silversmithing.

The Sofitel Melbourne On Collins Prize, judged by Clive Scott, was awarded to two artists Seala Lokollo-Evans and Nigel Vogler with an exhibition at the Sofitel gallery space (valued at $3000).  Seala Lokollo-Evans work An Offering to My Other Side, is a series of large, sturdy ceramic entities. The work sees coiled forms, slabs and moulded objects, made from Buff Raku clay.

Second winner and designer Nigel Vogler’s hero piece Blue Bastard of his graduate collection draws from fiction writing in its creation of character and atmosphere and invites you to imagine the wearer and their world.

Melanie Katsalidis, Gallery Director of Pieces of Eight, awarded Brooke Coutts-Wood for her jewellery piece Gabrielle, from the Study of Softness series with a $500 cash prize and a professional development session. In the Study of Softness series, different materials are manipulated to display an array of different tactile and aesthetic qualities relating to the term ‘soft’.

Michelle Stewart won the Frankie Magazine prize judged by editor Sophie Kalagas with an online feature and prize pack. Michelle Stewarts body of work Who will wear it in the end? is created with recycled glass arising from the bushland of the Central Victorian Highlands.

The final prize a professional development session and the opportunity to be showcased within the Craft Retail Space and Exhibition program, judged by Sarah Weston from Craft Victoria, was received by Seala Lokollo-Evans and her work An Offering to My Other Side.

The highly commended works on show at Fresh! also include Ana Peditis, Anna Dunnill, Ashleigh Jessup, Dannielle Faran, Jess Merlo, Josephine Mead, Madeleine Thornton-Smith and Te’Claire.

Fresh! is on show at Craft, Watson Lane, Melbourne (off Flinders Lane behind Supernormal) until the 10 March 2018.