Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery


August 12 to September 13, 2014

We're thrilled to announce the inaugural Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery. Mari was a unique and passionate advocate for contemporary jewellery in Australia, both through her own remarkable practice and her establishment and directorship of Gallery Funaki.

The exhibitors are:
Ela Bauer (Poland/Israel/The Netherlands), Alexander Blank (Germany), Conversation Piece (Sweden), Hermien Cassiers (Belgium), Jane Dodd (New Zealand), Patrícia Correia Domingues (Portugal/Germany), Benedikt Fischer (Austria/Germany), Emi Fukuda (Japan/Germany), Sara Gackowska (Poland), Kiko Gianocca (Switzerland), Marcos Guzman (Australia), Jo Hawley (England/ New Zealand/Australia), Therese Hilbert (Switzerland/Germany), Lucie Houdková (Czech Republic), Linda Hughes (Australia), Kaori Juzu (Japan/Denmark), Jiro Kamata (Japan/Germany), Inari Kiuru (Finland/Australia), Jun Konishi (Japan), Lore Langendries (Belgium), Carlier Makigawa (Australia), Gitte Nygaard (Denmark/The Netherlands), Martin Papcun (Czech Republic/Germany), Nelly van Oost (France/Belgium), Thanh-Truc Nguyen (Germany), Mette Saabye (Denmark), Michihiro Sato (Japan), Helen Shirk (USA), Blanche Tilden (Australia), Julia Walter (Germany/The Netherlands), Reinhold Ziegler (Norway)

The judges are: Warwick Freeman, an eminent New Zealand jeweller who has exhibited with Gallery Funaki since 1995. He is the recipient of the Francoise van den Bosch Prize (2002) and the Bayerischer Staatpreis 'Modern Classic' (2013); Simon Cottrell, a prominent Australian jeweller and educator and currently acting head of the Gold and Silversmithing Workshop at ANU, Canberra. Cottrell has an extensive exhibition history and his work is held in numerous international collections; Julie Ewington, a leading Australian art specialist with almost 40 years experience as an academic, writer and curator.

And the winners are: in the established category, the judges chose Kiko Gianocca's 'Veneer' necklaces. Of these works, they commented: "They have a boldness of scale that makes them look challenging to wear, but the choice of materials and the subtlety of the construction make these pieces exceptionally successful on the body. "'Veneer 1, 2 and 3' are deceptively straightforward titles, but we found that the pieces evoke many different associations and interpretations. They move and shift on the body, with their beautiful hinging adapting to the wearer. This is exceptional work."

There are two winners in the emerging category: Patrícia Correia Domingues with her pendant from the 'Duality' series and Sara Gackowska for her 'Membrane' brooch from the 'Metamorphosis' series.

In the emerging category, the judges also gave a commendation to Inari Kiuru's two brooches from the 'Evolution' series. A commendation in the established category went to Jiro Kamata, for his 'Spiegel' necklace.

The Award is generously supported by Vivienne and Leo Donati, Johannes Hartfuss and Fabian Jungbeck. Please scroll down for images.


Mari Funaki Award , 2014, installation

Work from Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery

Installation by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Installation, 2014, Mari Funaki Award
Installation  by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Installation , 2014, Mari Funaki Award
Installation  by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Installation , 2014, Mari Funaki Award
Installation  by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Installation , 2014, Mari Funaki Award
Installation with Conversation Piece and Marcos Guzman by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Installation with Conversation Piece and Marcos Guzman, 2014, Mari Funaki Award
Installation by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Installation, 2014, Mari Funaki Award
Installation with Jiro Kamata by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Installation with Jiro Kamata, 2014, Mari Funaki Award
Installation with Alexander Blank by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Installation with Alexander Blank, 2014, Mari Funaki Award
Kiko Gianocca by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Kiko Gianocca, 2014, wood veneer, balsawood, brass
Kaori Juzu, 'More Nostrum' & 'Mare Mea'  by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Kaori Juzu, 'More Nostrum' & 'Mare Mea' , 2012-13, enamel, copper, 14k gold, silver
Jun Konishi, 'Plastic Circle' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Jun Konishi, 'Plastic Circle', 2014, plastic
Reinhold Ziegler, 'Meteorite Cone' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Reinhold Ziegler, 'Meteorite Cone', 2014, meteorite, blackened silver, nylon
Julia Walter, 'Highway 1', 'Highway 2' & 'Green Sign' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Julia Walter, 'Highway 1', 'Highway 2' & 'Green Sign', 2014, galalith, cotton
Nelly van Oost, 'You Shall Love Your Neighour' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Nelly van Oost, 'You Shall Love Your Neighour', 2014, 18k gold, paint
Helen Shirk, 'Neckpiece #7' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Helen Shirk, 'Neckpiece #7', 2014, mild steel (heat coloured), china paint
Michihiro Sato, Brooch by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Michihiro Sato, Brooch, 2014, paper, brass, steel
Mette Saabye, 'Objects of Desire' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Mette Saabye, 'Objects of Desire', 2014, boxwood, mulberry, white opal, amber, white coral, resin, cotton, silver
Thanh-Truc Nguyen, 'Moiré' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Thanh-Truc Nguyen, 'Moiré', 2014, blackened silver, steel, paint
Carlier Makigawa, Bracelet by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Carlier Makigawa, Bracelet, 2014, silver, high density foam
Lore Langendries, 'Hunacturing Series (Cow, Springbuck, Deer') by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Lore Langendries, 'Hunacturing Series (Cow, Springbuck, Deer'), 2014, animal hide, black saddle leather, magnets
Inari Kiuru, 'Evolution' series  by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Inari Kiuru, 'Evolution' series , 2013, stainless steel, mild steel, clay, iron, patina, paint
Jiro Kamata, 'Spiegel' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Jiro Kamata, 'Spiegel', 2014, camera lenses, silver, mirror
Linda Hughes, 'Secco' (brooches) by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Linda Hughes, 'Secco' (brooches), 2014, wood, laminate, steel
Lucie Houdková, 'Cocoon' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Lucie Houdková, 'Cocoon', 2014, plastic ribbon, epoxy, rubber
Therese Hilbert, Untitled brooches by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Therese Hilbert, Untitled brooches, 2014, blackened silver, lacquer
Jo Hawley, Untitled (Flower brooches) by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Jo Hawley, Untitled (Flower brooches), 2014, sterling silver, mother of pearl, steel
Marcos Guzman, Untitled (necklace) by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Marcos Guzman, Untitled (necklace), 2013, tracing paper, paint
Sara Gackowska, 'Methamorphosis series (Membrane)' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Sara Gackowska, 'Methamorphosis series (Membrane)', 2013, bio-resin, hematite, sterling silver
Emi Fukuda, 'Relation #1' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Emi Fukuda, 'Relation #1', 2014, beeswax, paper, glass, brass powder, silver, steel wire
Benedikt Fischer, 'Monocoque' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Benedikt Fischer, 'Monocoque', 2013, plastic, string
Patrícia Correia Domingues, 'Duality' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Patrícia Correia Domingues, 'Duality', 2014, artificial ivory
Jane Dodd, 'Walrus Ghost' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Jane Dodd, 'Walrus Ghost', 2014, beef bone, sterling silver, steel
Conversation Piece, 'CP201405' & 'CP201410' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Conversation Piece, 'CP201405' & 'CP201410', 2014, optical film, amethyst, 14k gold, tantalum
Hermien Cassiers, Neckpiece by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Hermien Cassiers, Neckpiece, 2014, 18k gold
Alexander Blank, 'Memento Juniori (Speedy, Porky, Wilee E' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Alexander Blank, 'Memento Juniori (Speedy, Porky, Wilee E', 2012, hand carved high density foam, silver, cotton
Ela Bauer, 'Inhale' & 'Exhale' by Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery Ela Bauer, 'Inhale' & 'Exhale', 2014, 3D printed polyamide