Meet the

Clare Belfrage

FUSE Glass Prize 2018 Judge – Glass Artist and 2016 FUSE Glass Prize Winner

Clare Belfrage has maintained a vibrant glass art practice for thirty years and forged an international reputation. She has been an active part of artists’ communities in Adelaide and Canberra, including the studio blue pony, of which she is a founding member, the JamFactory Glass Studio in Adelaide and, Canberra Glassworks where she played the pivotal role of Creative Director from 2009 to 2013. 

Clare has lectured in glass programs at the University of South Australia, SA, Ohio State University, USA and Curtin University, WA and has taught numerous workshops throughout Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the United States. In addition to Australia, Clare regularly exhibits in North America, Europe, Hong Kong and New Zealand. She was awarded the Tom Malone Glass Prize by the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the inaugural FUSE Glass Prize. 

Clare’s work is represented in major public collections including: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Corning Museum of Glass, USA, Museo do Vidro, Marinha Grande, Portugal, Tacoma Museum of Glass, USA, National Art Glass Collection, Wagga Wagga, ArtBank, NSW, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Museum and Art Gallery of Tasmania and Northern Territory Museum.

Kim Paton

FUSE Glass Prize 2018 Judge – Director, Objectspace, New Zealand

Kim Paton is the director of Objectspace in Auckland, the only public gallery in New Zealand dedicated to craft, design and architecture. She studied in fine art and business management, and has previously held academic positions at Massey University, Wellington and Wintec School of Media Arts, Hamilton where she was appointed head of research. She has curated and written extensively on craft and contemporary art, and is co-author of the book Contemporary Jewellery in Context, published by Arnoldsche Art Publishers and released in July 2017.

Lisa Slade

FUSE Glass Prize 2018 Judge - Assistant Director, Artistic Programs at the Art Gallery of South Australia and Curator of the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art.

Lisa Slade is Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, at the Art Gallery of South Australia. From 2011 until mid-2015 she was Project Curator at the Art Gallery, during which time she curated The Extreme Climate of Nicholas Folland and Heartland: Contemporary Art from South Australia. She also managed the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art in both 2012 and 2014.

Lisa currently lectures in several postgraduate courses delivered by the University of Adelaide in collaboration with the Art Gallery of South Australia and has written and published reviews, academic essays, catalogue entries and monographs. She is currently developing an exhibition for the Art Gallery of South Australia titled Sappers and Shrapnel, which brings together trench art and contemporary art.

Brian Parkes

FUSE Glass Prize 2018 Judge - Brian Parkes, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director at JamFactory

Brian has been with JamFactory since April 2010, having worked in art and design organisations for more than 20 years, and he is passionate about promoting the social, cultural and economic value of creativity and design. During ten years as Associate Director at Object Gallery in Sydney, he curated several important exhibitions including the landmark survey of contemporary Australian design; Freestyle: New Australian Design for Living.

In 2007 Brian was one of ten curators invited by Phaidon Press, London to contribute to &Fork, a book profiling 100 emerging product designers from around the world and in 2008 he was an Adjunct Curator for the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.

Brian is a graduate of the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart and also has a significant background in commercial management within museums and galleries. He managed the merchandising and retail operations at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (1998-2000) and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (1995-98).