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Contemporary Australian Glass






Luminous: Tom Malone Prize 2003-2017

Curator Robert Cook


  11 March – 25 June 2017 | FREE






Our annual showcase of contemporary Australian glass

Glass is one of the most exciting and dynamic art forms in this country. It is a uniquely captivating medium, capable of almost endless transformation. Glass provides a perfect vehicle for the exploration of a range of themes, from the personal to the observational, and Australian makers are some of the world leaders in the medium.

Now in its fifteenth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected and eagerly anticipated event for contemporary Australian glass artists.

An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection. Since its inception, it has facilitated the entry of significant glass works by winners Gabriella Bisetto, Nick Mount, Jessica Loughlin, Clare Belfrage, Benjamin Sewell, Kevin Gordon, Charles Butcher, Cobi Cockburn, Deirdre Feeney, Brian Corr, Tom Moore and Mel Douglas into the State Art Collection.

The Tom Malone Prize 2017 brings together many of Australia's best glass artists. Featuring this year's 10

short-listed artists: Marc Leib, Jamie Worsley, Kevin Gordon, Blanche Tilden, Lisa Cahill, Brenden Scott French, Richard Whiteley, Tom Moore, Silvana Ferrario and Jenni Kamarre Martiniello.

The exhibition includes this year’s shortlist, including the winner, and the works from all past winners of the Prize.



Contemporary Australian Glass - The Tom Malone Prize 2003-2017

Tom Malone Prize 2003-2017 catalogue cover

Available at the Gallery Shop RRP $29.95.

Marc Leib Inner Core 2016  Marc Leib Inner core 2016 (detail)

The winner of the 2017 Prize

The winner of this year's prestigious Tom Malone Prize is Marc Leib from Perth, for his work Inner core 2016.

In Marc's words:
“I was inspired by the Japanese concept Ikigai, ‘a reason for being’. This requires a multitude of complex thoughts, delving into your own psyche, culminating in the realisation of your Ikigai."

Judges’ comments:
We congratulate Perth-based glass artist Marc Leib for his wonderfully accomplished work Inner core. A quiet work, at first glance it even seems to hide its riches. As you move closer though the piece comes alive in unexpected ways. The full form is activated by a milky, cellular-like, opaque feel enlivened by translucent highlights that give it a highly complex and animated aspect, and an almost unaccountable lightness. Marc achieves this result by ambitiously pushing traditional “murrina” cane-making and kiln-forming techniques to new ends. He makes a mould based form that far exceeds its typical small size creating an object that would usually be attained by blowing. In this way, he preserves the compression and density of the pattern. The final result is a haunting, very Australian object that is a fitting work of glass to mark and to celebrate the 15th year of the Tom Malone Prize.

Alan R. Dodge, Elizabeth Malone, Stefano Carboni, Robert Cook




12-12.45pm, Saturday 1 April
Tom Moore has been working with hot glass for 25 years in a spirit of humour and wonder. Striving to invigorate the audience experience of glass has led Tom to embrace new technologies through collaboration with digital photographers and animators. Tom’s work combines aspects of the technical and social histories of glassmaking with incongruous narrative elements in the pursuit of profound cognitive shifts. Borders between the realms of animal, vegetable, mineral and personal are liquefied to create characters that echo the metamorphic quality of glass.

This unusually entertaining artist talk will reveal a life dedicated to the continuation of an ancient craft and the pursuit of ideas with contemporary relevance.

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1-2pm, Saturday 1 April

Join AGWA Director, Stefano Carboni, for an insightful lecture on one of his specialist topics: the development of artistic traditions in glassmaking throughout the Islamic world.

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2.30-4pm, Saturday 1 April

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Tom Malone Prize, hear from leading glass artists Clare Belfrage, Nick Mount and Jessica Loughlin, who have exhibited in the Prize. Introduced by the founder of the Prize, Elizabeth Malone, these three artists will give insight into their unique practice of glass art.

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Off the wall; 3D works – craft, design & sculpture

11am-12pm & 2-3pm, Thursdays (April)

11am-12pm, 1-2pm, Wednesdays (May & June)

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Luminous Glass

1.15-1.45pm, Thursdays (May & June)

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Marc Leib
Inner core 2016
kiln-formed glass, kiln-formed murrines, cold-worked and polished
26.5 x 41.5 x 1.2 cm
Collection the artist
© the artist
Photographer: Kevin Gordon







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