2021 Tom Malone Prize shortlisted artists announced

Design / Life

The Art Gallery of WA is pleased to announce the thirteen shortlisted artists for the 2021 Tom Malone Prize for Australian glass artists.

The 2021 prize will bring together work by many of Australia’s best glass artists including: Kate Baker (NSW), Clare Belfrage (SA), Hannah Gason (ACT), Marcel Hoogstad Hay (SA), Rita Kellaway (SA), Gerry King (SA), Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello (ACT), Peter Kovacsy (WA), Jeremy Lepisto (NSW), Madeline Prowd (SA), Kirstie Rea (NSW), Ayano Yoshizumi (SA) and Madisyn Zabel (ACT).

As an acquisitive prize, the winning work becomes part of the State Art Collection where it will join works by previous winners: Clare Belfrage, Gabriella Bisetto, Charles Butcher, Cobi Cockburn, Brian Corr, Mel Douglas, Mark Eliott, Deirdre Feeney, Kevin Gordon, Marc Leib, Jessica Loughlin, Tom Moore, Nick Mount and Benjamin Sewell.

The Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected national event within the Australian glass arts community and it has played an integral role in the Gallery’s acquisition of works by innovative and accomplished Australian artists working in this medium.

AGWA curator Robert Cook said, “As ever, the Tom Malone Prize represents the best glass work being made in the country today. This year’s shortlist features many artists new to the Prize, as well as some consistent contenders. Their works float between those activating a stylish object poetics, storytelling in glass, psychological symbolism and meditations on the natural world.

“As a group the works confirm that glass remains a medium of enormous expressive capacity, and those who submit to the rigorous discipline of its making are creating art that is uniquely accessible and entrancing. We look forward to judging and announcing the winner in May. Right now, it feels wide open! Any one of these talented artists could take the Prize.”

Now in its 19th year, the Tom Malone Prize continues with the support of Ms Sheryl Grimwood, AGWA Foundation Benefactor. The exhibition will be on display at AGWA from May 2021.

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