We are delighted to announce the 30 selected finalists for the augural MAKE Award: Biennial Prize for Innovation in Australian Craft and Design.
The MAKE Award is a new national award for Australian designer makers and is the richest non-acquisitive prize for craft and design in Australia.
The winner will receive a cash prize of $35,000 and a second prize of $10,000 will be awarded.
Australian designer makers were encouraged to submit a work that demonstrated innovation in technique or material use, and is an extension of their usual practice.
A total of 187 entries were received from designers makers working across the fields of ceramics, glass, furniture, metal, jewellery, textiles and fibre.
The judges have selected 30 finalists.
Samuel Burns (Sabu Studio)
Carly Tarkari Dodd
Rowena Foong (High Tea with Mrs Woo)
Kumuntjai Napanangka Jack
Korban + Flaubert
Ju-shih (Ruth) Li
Kenny (Yong soo) Son
Studio Ventana X Tim Noone
Damien Wright and Bonhula Yunupingu
The winner will be announced on Thursday 28 September 2023.
Judges are Lisa Cahill, CEO and Artistic Director, Australian Design Centre; Hyeyoung CHO, Chairperson, The Korea Association of Art and Design and Jury Member Loewe Craft Prize; Brian Parkes, CEO, JamFactory; Jason Smith, Director, Geelong Gallery.
Read more about the judges on the MAKE Award website here.
An exhibition of the finalists' works will presented at Australian Design Centre, with the winner announced on Thursday 28 September 2023.
Exhibition Dates: 28 September—22 November 2023
Location: Australian Design Centre
101–115 William Street Darlinghurst NSW, Gadigal Land
After launching at Australian Design Centre, the exhibition will then tour to:
JamFactory (SA): 15 December 2023—28 April 2024
Geelong Gallery (VIC): 10 August—27 October 2024
The MAKE Award is an initiative of Australian Design Centre.
Learn more at makeaward.au