2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery


August 24 - September 24, 2016

Switzerland’s David Bielander is the winner of the Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery and Melbourne’s Sarah Johnston is the winner of the Emerging Award. High commendations were awarded to Ela Bauer (The Netherlands, established) and Genevieve Howard (Ireland, emerging).

David has been awarded a cash prize of $8000. This is an acquisitive prize and his work will enter the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria (subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees). Sarah has been awarded a cash prize of $2000.

‘We’re rewarding skill and craftsmanship in the winning works, but in the company of potent ideas’, said the 2016 Award judges, Simone LeAmon, Catherine Truman and Kate Rhodes.

‘The standard of the emerging work is exceptionally high’, they continue’, ‘it’s encouraging and thrilling. Looking for the individual behind the work is paramount and there are some really strong personalities coming through in this work’, said the judging panel.

‘The idea is in the execution with David’s winning work – without that execution, the concept would not be delivered’ continue the judges. ‘It’s an extraordinary example of contemporary making and practice, an example of making that expresses things unlike in any previous time. There’s simplicity and reference to childhood play, but a sophisticated twist, that flips it from play to something very serious, and that’s a hallmark of his work.

Sarah’s work is a surprising piece; the materiality is beautiful. It’s like a tempest, a storm. This piece is about so many things – the intimacy of putting something on and feeling yourself transformed, taken to another place’.

‘I hope the Mari Funaki Award provides Melbourne audiences with a fascinating insight into the state of international practice in contemporary jewellery, as the 35 shortlisted artists from 16 nations show their work here at Gallery Funaki; just a small snapshot of the vast activity and talent currently in play all over the world. I’d like to thank all the artists who entered; your hard work and talent is inspiring’, says Katie Scott, Director, Gallery Funaki.

Established in 2014 to mark the life and achievements of Japanese/Australian artist and gallery founder Mari Funaki, the Award showcases the best of international and local jewellery making.

413 entries were received from 48 countries with 35 shortlisted.

The exhibitors are:

Blanche Tilden (Australia) / Céline Sylvestre (France) / David Bielander (Switzerland/Germany) / Doris Betz (Germany) / Dovile Bernadisiute (Lithuania) / Ela Bauer (Netherlands) / Emi Fukuda (Japan) / Florian Milker (Germany) / Frieda Doerfer (Germany) / Genevieve Howard (Ireland) / Henriette Schuster (Germany) / Inari Kiuru (Finland/Australia) / Karl Fritsch (Germany/New Zealand) / Katie Collins (Australia) / Katja Prins (Netherlands) / Katrin Feulner (Germany) / Lauren Tickle (USA) / Léa Mazy (France) / Lisa Walker (New Zealand) / Manon van Kouswijk (Netherlands/Australia) / Melanie Isverding (Germany) / Melinda Young (Australia) / Melissa Cameron (Australia/USA) / Michihiro Sato (Japan) / Nadja Soloviev (Germany) / Naoko Inuzuka (Japan/Australia) / Paul Adie (Scotland) / Shachar Cohen (Israel) / Sarah Johnston (Australia) / Selen Özus (Turkey) / Sophie Baumgärtner (Germany) / Thanh-Truc Nguyen (Germany) / WenMiao Yeh (Taiwan) / Yong Joo Kim (South Korea) / Yu Fang Chi (Taiwan)

Gallery Funaki thanks the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Cultural Fund administered through Creative Partnerships and supported by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts, and most importantly, our generous donors.


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Work from 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

Paul Adie (Scotland) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Paul Adie (Scotland), 2015, 'Fruit From the Wasteland I' (brooch), steel, brass solder, silver solder
Ela Bauer (Netherlands)) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Ela Bauer (Netherlands)), 2016, 'NT', resin, silicone
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Sophie Baumgärtner (Germany) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Sophie Baumgärtner (Germany), 2015, 'Hybrid Carabus Punctatus', stainless steel, nylon, polyurethane, brass, wax
Dovile Bernadisiute (Lithuania) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Dovile Bernadisiute (Lithuania), 2015, 'Layers of Paint', dry paint, stainless steel, titanium
Doris Betz (Germany) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Doris Betz (Germany), 2016, 'Foxtale', tombac, silver
David Bielander (Switzerland/Germany) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery David Bielander (Switzerland/Germany), 2015, 'Cardboard', patinated silver, white gold
WINNER - ESTABLISHED
Melissa Cameron (Australia/USA) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Melissa Cameron (Australia/USA), 2015, 'Ruchnoy Protivotankovy Granatomyot' (necklace, brooch, pin), powdercoated steel hand trowel, stainless steel, ribbon,
Yu Fang Chi (Taiwan) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Yu Fang Chi (Taiwan), 2016, 'Inner Crease', copper, metallic car paint
Shachar Cohen (Israel) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Shachar Cohen (Israel), 2016, 'Personal Jesus', stainless steel, nylon thread
Katie Collins (Australia) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Katie Collins (Australia), 2014, 'The Cicada and the Rig' (bracelets), vitreous enamel, mild steel, sterling silver
Frieda Doerfer (Germany) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Frieda Doerfer (Germany), 2016, 'Egg 3', blackened brass, stainless steel
Katrin Feulner (Germany) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Katrin Feulner (Germany), 2016, 'Arbeiten 1601', iron, steel
Karl Fritsch (Germany/New Zealand) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Karl Fritsch (Germany/New Zealand), 2016, 'Luster' (rings), fine silver, sterling silver
Emi Fukuda (Japan) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Emi Fukuda (Japan), 2016, 'Flying to…', aluminium, steel
Genevieve Howard (Ireland) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Genevieve Howard (Ireland), 2016, 'The Song of the Chanter', laser cut Japanese linen paper, elastic
HIGHLY COMMENDED
Naoko Inuzuka (Japan/Australia) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Naoko Inuzuka (Japan/Australia), 2015, 'Where Have I Gone?', copper, sterling silver
Melanie Isverding  (Germany) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Melanie Isverding (Germany), 2014-15, 'Cavea' (brooch), silver, enamel, crushed hematite and pearls, glimmer, lacquer, string
Sarah Johnston (Australia) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Sarah Johnston (Australia), 2015, 'Collapsing Time', onyx stone, rubber
WINNER - EMERGING
Yong Joo Kim (South Korea) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Yong Joo Kim (South Korea), 2016, 'Crossing the Chasm', Velcro® hook and loop fastener, thread
Inari Kiuru (Finland/Australia by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Inari Kiuru (Finland/Australia, 2016, 'Night Falls Over Brunswick', concrete, pigment, copper, enamel, glass, silver, 18k gold, paint, stainless steel
Léa Mazy (France) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Léa Mazy (France), 2016, 'Beneath the Surface', resin, aluminium
Florian Milker (Germany) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Florian Milker (Germany), 2015, 'O_4_5', nylon, polyamide, aluminium, sleasto, plastic,
Thanh-Truc Nguyen (Germany) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Thanh-Truc Nguyen (Germany), 2016, 'Transformer', silver, stainless steel, 2k lacquer
Selen Özus (Turkey) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Selen Özus (Turkey), 2016, 'The Closest', porcelain, gold
Katja Prins (Netherlands) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Katja Prins (Netherlands), 2015, 'Offspring', chrome plated brass, dental resin
Michihiro Sato (Japan) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Michihiro Sato (Japan), 2016, 'Not Two Different Things', paper, cashew paint, silver, stainless steel,
Henriette Schuster (Germany) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Henriette Schuster (Germany), 2016, 'Conglomerates', silver, blackened silver, gold
Nadja Soloviev (Germany) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Nadja Soloviev (Germany), 2016, 'Din A3', book binder linen, aluminium
Céline Sylvestre (France) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Céline Sylvestre (France), 2014, 'Boite noire', blackened silver, silk thread
Lauren Tickle (USA) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Lauren Tickle (USA), 2016, 'Increasing Value ($96.00 USD, Currency Converted)', US dollar bills, silver, monofilament, stainless steel
Blanche Tilden (Australia) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Blanche Tilden (Australia), 2016, 'Flow', borosilicate glass, titanium
Manon van Kouswijk (Netherlands/Australia) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Manon van Kouswijk (Netherlands/Australia), 2016, 'Figures',
porcelain
Lisa Walker (New Zealand) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Lisa Walker (New Zealand), 2016, 'Necklace', fabric, stuffing, thread. Display hook by Martino Gamper.
WenMiao Yeh (Taiwan) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery WenMiao Yeh (Taiwan), 2016, 'The Space – Different Angle of the World', plastic (PETG), brass, copper, stainless steel paint
Melinda Young (Australia) by 2016 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Melinda Young (Australia), 2015, 'Love’s Labour (for Alma)', patinated brass bullet casings, antique lace, cotton thread, 9k gold solder