Clarence Prize for Furniture Design

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.

Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen studied fine woodworking at the College of the Redwoods before earning her M.F.A. in Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design.
In 2006, she received the Norwegian Marshall Fund Grant to research traditional woodworking methods in Norway.
Prior to arriving at the Australian National University in 2012, Eriksmoen was based in Oakland, California and has taught design/woodworking at the California College of the Arts, the College of the Redwoods, the Oregon College of Art & Craft, the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and Penland School of Craft.
Eriksmoen is currently Head of Furniture at the Australian National University School of Art and Design and was the 2021 Clarence Art Prize winner.

Lucy Given won Australian Homeware Retailer of the year in 2017 and 2018, was awarded Excellence in Visual merchandising at the Global Innovations Awards in Chicago in 2017, and has been recognised by the National Retail Association and LightSpeed as one of Australia’s Remarkable Retailers.
Lucy was also the 2019 winner of the Tasmanian Small Business Award in the Telstra Business Womens Awards.
She has been a judge for Design Tasmania design awards and has lectured on store design, visual merchandising and regional retail at Life Instyle and Reed Gift Fairs.

2021 Winners

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


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


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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