28 September – 22 November 2023

Australian Design Centre presents this major new national award celebrating innovation in contemporary craft and design. Works were submitted by Australian designer makers demonstrating innovation in technique or material use, and the 30 pre-selected finalists form this exciting exhibition.

The winner of the MAKE Award will receive a cash prize of $35,000 with a second prize of $10,000, making it the richest non-acquisitive prize for craft and design in Australia.

The MAKE Award finalists:

Luke Abbot
Kelly Austin
Andrea Barker
Julie Blyfield
Samuel Burns (Sabu Studio)
Lisa Cahill
Cobi Cockburn
Csongvay Blackwood
Carly Tarkari Dodd
Evan Dunstone
Gretal Ferguson
Hannah Gason
Minqi Gu
Rowena, Juliana, Angela Foong (High Tea with Mrs Woo)
Kumuntjai Napanangka Jack
Cara Johnson
Sherrie Knipe
Johannes Kuhnen
Ruth Ju-shih Li
Brenda Livermore
Nick Mount
Jessica Murtagh
Kenny (Yong soo) Son
Studio Ventana X Tim Noone
Vipoo Srivilasa
Bic Tieu
Angela Valamanesh
Liz Williamson
Damien Wright and Bonhula Yunupingu

The WINNER of the 2023 MAKE Award is Vipoo Srivilasa. Second Prize went to Jessica Murtagh with a high commendation to Liz Williamson.

The MAKE Award showcases designer/makers working across all related disciplines including ceramics, glass, furniture/woodwork, metalwork, textiles and fibre, and contemporary jewellery.

Finalists are designer/makers with a high level of skill either working with materials that are new to their practice, new or traditional materials, or working in new and innovative ways.

The MAKE Award is an initiative of the Australian Design Centre.

MAKE Award + ADC On Tour

Australian Design Centre is delighted to announce presenting partners for the MAKE Award finalist exhibition: Jam Factory and Geelong Gallery.

MAKE Award + ADC On Tour:

Australian Design Centre (NSW)
28 September to 22 November 2023

Jam Factory (SA)
15 December to 28 April 2024

Geelong Gallery (VIC)
10 August to 27 October 2024

Origins of the
MAKE Award

The MAKE Award will acknowledge the richness and diversity of creative talent in craft and design practice in Australia.

With the support of a generous donor, Australian Design Centre, saw an opportunity to acknowledge the richness and diversity of creative talent in Australia through a national award.

The MAKE Award is inspired by award programs such as the Burke Prize, offered by the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the LOEWE FOUNDATION Craft Prize.

Register for MAKE Award email alerts: makeaward.au

For enquires: makeaward@australiandesigncentre.com

Brand design for the MAKE Award by Stephen Goddard.