2018 FUSE Glass Prize Finalists Announced

JAMFACTORY IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE 18 OUTSTANDING FINALISTS HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR THE 2018 FUSE GLASS PRIZE.

The judges reviewed 70 high quality and diverse entries from across Australia and New Zealand.
The winner of the established artist category will receive a $20,000 cash prize, with the emerging winner receiving $2,500 plus a professional development opportunity at JamFactory valued at $2,500.

The finalists for the 2018 FUSE Glass Prize are:

Established Artist Category:
Kate Baker (NSW)
Verity Burley (SA)
Mel Douglas (ACT)
Mark Eliott (NSW)
Liam Fleming (SA)
Brenden Scott French (SA)
Holly Grace (VIC)
Jessica Loughlin (SA)
Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello (ACT)
Tom Moore (SA)
Nick Mount (SA)
Kathryn Wightman (NZ)

Emerging Artist Category:
Lewis Batchelar (SA)
Madeline Cardone (ACT)
Hannah Gason (ACT)
Ursula Halpin (SA)
Thomas Pearson (SA)
Bastien Thomas (SA)

The 2018 winner will be announced on 17 May, with an exhibition of the finalist’s work held at JamFactory Adelaide from 18 May – 8 July and JamFactory at Seppeltsfield from 17 July – 16 September.

The 2018 FUSE Glass Prize judges are Kim Paton, Director, Objectspace New Zealand; Clare Belfrage, Glass Artist and 2016 FUSE Glass Prize Winner; Brian Parkes: Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director at JamFactory; Lisa Slade: Assistant Director, Artistic Programs at the Art Gallery of South Australia and Curator of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.

Parkes says of the judging process that, ‘the judges were thrilled with the quality of the applications and it
required intensive debate to bring the field, which included so many leading Australian and New Zealand
artists working in glass, down to just twelve established and six emerging finalists.’

Established in 2016, the biennial FUSE Glass Prize is supported in 2018 by founding donors for the prize, Jim and Helen Carreker, along with Diana Laidlaw, Ian Wall OAM and Pamela Wall OAM and Sue and Alan Young AM. Funds contributed by these generous donors have enabled JamFactory to present this important award for excellence in the field of glass.

This group has raised funds for the prizes, marketing and program costs, enabling JamFactory to continue to present Australasia’s richest prize for glass, and one of the world’s premier recognitions for artists working in this dynamic and seductive medium.