Clarence Prize for Furniture Design

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.


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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