Clarence prize for excellence in furniture design awarded

SOUTH Australian designer Hugh Altschwager has won Tasmania’s richest design prize – the 2017 Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design.

Mr Altschwager received the $20,000 acquisitive prize, with the judges impressed by his deceptively simple Bronze Bench.

“The work exemplifies the marks of the maker and draws on the qualities of imperfection, conveyed in the bronze legs and contrasted to the smooth finish of the connecting timber seat,” judge Karina Clark, from Design Tasmania, said.

The award was also judged by Trent Jansen, of Trent Jansen Design in New South Wales.

Designer Nicholas Fuller received the Emerging Designer award for his “Voyage Screen,” while Bernard Chandley was awarded highly commended for his Lowbow diner chair.

Both designers received $1,500.

Acting Clarence Mayor Alderman Jock Campbell said the prize represented Council’s commitment to the arts.

“The Clarence Prize recognises the excellent work of top-tier Australian designers and craftspeople by showcasing and investing in their talent,” he said.

“This year’s shortlisted artists represent a diverse collection of works and it is great to see four Tasmanian artists in the mix.

“We are delighted to add Altschwager’s bronze bench to the Clarence Collection and promote design in Australia through the prize and exhibition.”

The works of the 15 shortlisted artists will be on show until 8 October at Rosny Barn.

The Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design is held biennially and was established in 2007 to recognise the most innovative makers in the field from Tasmania and interstate.

This year, 49 entries were received.

Previous winners of the Clarence Prize include Tasmanian Laura McCusker, South Australian Liam Mugavin and Queenslander Fukutoshi Ueno.

For more information, visit www.clarenceartsandevents.net.

Caption: Designer Hugh Altschwager has won the 2017 Clarence Prize for Excellence in Furniture Design for his ‘Bronze Bench’.