Clarence Prize for Furniture Design

Clarence City Council is thrilled to announce the 2023 winner of the prestigious acquisitive $20,000 Clarence Prize, Patrick Adeney, for his piece Winslow Armchair.

Expertly crafted from Tasmanian blackwood, danish paper cord, and brass, the Winslow Armchair was selected from a shortlist of fifteen finalists who were invited to present their realised designs for exhibition and judging at Rosny Barn.

Clarence City Council Mayor Brendan Blomeley officially announced Patrick as the winner of the 2023 Prize to a capacity crowd on Thursday 14 September at the Official Opening Event held at Clarence City Council’s historic Rosny Barn.

Two additional non-acquisitive prizes were also awarded to worthy recipients. The non-acquisitive $1500 Highly Commended Prize to Liam Starcevich for his Rhobie Dresser, and the non-acquisitive $1500 Emerging Designer Prize to Melvin Josy for the Vallum Seat.

The Clarence Prize is a biennial exhibition and is the nation’s richest acquisitive furniture design prize. Launched in 2007, the Prize attracts entrants from around Australia thanks to its impressive prize pool, with a record 47 entrants this year. The Prize has a reputation in the design industry for demonstrating the breadth and diversity of contemporary Australian furniture design and making.

The 2023 Clarence Prize was judged by the Head of Furniture at the Australian National University School of Art and Design, 2022 NGV Australian Furniture Design Winner, and 2021 Clarence Prize winner Ashley Eriksmoen, and award-winning design retailer Lucy Given from LUC Design.

The 2023 Clarence Prize Exhibition showcasing the incredible honour roll of finalists from all around the country, as well as all of the winning pieces, is now open to the public from Wednesday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm until Sunday 15 October at Rosny Barn.

2023 Clarence Prize Winner Patrick Adeney, Winslow Armchair. Photo by Sam Shelley.

2023 Winners

Winner $20,000 acquisitive award – Patrick Adeney, Winslow Armchair

Highly commended award – Liam Starcevich, Rhobie Dresser

Emerging designer award – Melvin Josy, Vallam Seat

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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