Clarence City Council is thrilled to announce the selection of the following finalists for the 2023 Clarence Prize for Furniture Design:
Patrick Adeney, Elliot Bastianon, Simon Colabufalo, Ben Grieve-Johnson, Brandon Harrison, Jessica Humpston, Mark Jones and Ellis Moseley, Melvin Josy, Adam Markowitz and Ruth Allen, Geoffrey Marshall, Duncan Meerding, Kevin Perkins and Belinda Winkler, Ivana Taylor and Darren Fry, Liam Starcevich, Tanya Singer and Trent Jansen
The Clarence Prize is a biennial exhibition that has found its niche within Australia’s art community celebrating innovative furniture design.
Entries are shortlisted based on the quality of aesthetic and craft, and ingenuity in function, purpose, material considerations and sustainability.
One acquisitive prize of $20,000 is awarded to the winner and which as acquired into the Clarence Art Collection. Two non-acquisitive prizes of $1,500 are awarded to works that are highly commended and to an emerging designer.
Each prize is judged by a new and independent panel who represent the broad spectrum of knowledge, expertise and skill in the design industry.
Due to a potential conflict of interest, Megan Perkins, one of the original three judges of this year’s Prize has chosen to withdraw from the 2023 Clarence Prize Judging Panel. We greatly appreciate her commitment to maintaining fairness and impartiality throughout the selection process and thank her for all of her work up to this point.
The 2023 Clarence Prize will not be appointing a replacement judge and will continue with the remaining two judges, Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen and Lucy Given.
Winner $20,000 acquisitive award – Ashley Eriksmoen, Following years of steady decline we are witnessing a period of unprecedented growth
Highly commended award – Marta Figueiredo, The Elementary Abacus
Emerging designer award – Mathew Sherwen, Kodo
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
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