Clarence Prize

The Clarence Prize has been postponed in 2019, and applications will be open at the start of 2020. To register your interest for the 2020 Prize and keep up to date with all upcoming information, please contact us directly on (03) 6217 9607 or

This event has found its niche within Australia’s art community as a prize that celebrates accessible furniture art and is open to furniture designers operating within Australia. The Prize contributes to Tasmania’s reputation as a leading cultural hub, brimming with vibrant arts experiences.


In 2017 one acquisitive prize of $20,000 was awarded to the winner. The work has acquired into the Clarence Collection. One non-acquisitive prize of $1,500 was awarded for a work that is highly commended. One non-acquisitive encouragement award of $1,500 was made to an emerging artist/designer.

2017 Winners

Winner $20,000 acquisitive award – Hugh Altschwager,  Bronze Bench. 2017

Highly commended award – Bernard Chandley,  Lowbow Diner Chair. 2016

Emerging designer award – Nicholas Fuller, Voyage.2017

Shortlisted designers for the 2017 Clarence Prize:

Andrew Carvolth
Bernard Chandley
Bryan Cush
Hugh Altschwager
Jye Edwards
Murray Antill
Nicole Monks
Sara Lindsay
Tom Fereday
Niklavs Rubenis
Berto Pandolfo
Michael Travalia
Anna Freeman
James Howe
Nicholas Fuller

Previous Winners

2015 Liam Mugavin (SA) Koto Light

2013 Laura McCusker (TAS) I-Beam Bench

2011 Simon Ancher (TAS) Clipped Wing Sideboard

2009 Fukutoshi Ueno (QLD) Dress Code Stools

2007 Sally Brown (TAS) Warp Bench


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