Outstanding Australian craft and furniture design at 2015 Clarence Prize exhibition

The 2015 Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design exhibition is now showing at the Rosny Barn.

South Australian artist Liam Mugavin was awarded the $20,000 acquisitive prize for his piece ‘Koto Light’. The judges selected his piece for its exciting and beautiful expression of materials and function, and the ease of assembly which has resulted in efficient production and distribution potential.

Other winners were Andrew Bartlett and Deb Jones for their piece, ‘Bench seat DAB 714’, who received the $1,500 highly commended award. Isabel Hazbun was awarded the $1,500 encouragement award for an emerging designer.

The exhibition features the work of 15 designers from around the country and showcases outstanding craft and furniture design in Australia.

The Clarence prize is a biennial award fostering excellence in design and alternates with Council’s very popular Open Art Exhibition, which encourages all members of the community to participate in arts activities as part of its broad ranging arts and events program.

Judges of this year’s prize were Rye Dunsmuir, General Manager of the not-for-profit organisation Design Tasmania; Raymond Scott, Director of Workshopped, an innovative Sydney company that exhibits, manufactures and retails Australian and New Zealand design products; and Laura McCusker, internationally renowned Tasmanian furniture designer and maker, and 2013 winner of the prize.

The 2015 Clarence Prize is on show at the Rosny Barn until 13 September 2015. For more information on Council’s cultural activities, visit www.clarenceartsandevents.net