The winners of the Mari Funaki Award will be announced at the opening on Tuesday 23 August 2016.
The Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery is a biennial international Award that showcases excellence in international and Australian contemporary jewellery. Thirty-five artists have been shortlisted from an international field of 413 entries from 48 countries.
Mari Funaki award 2014
Kiko Gianocca, Veneer #2 neckpiece, 2014, wood veneer, balsawood, brass. Winner of the 2014 Mari Funaki Award.
Melissa Cameron. Piece: Ruchnoy Protivotankovy Granatomyot, 2016. Powdercoated steel hand trowel, stainless steel, ribbon, various dimensions. Necklace, brooch, pin
David Bielander. Bracelet: Cardboard, 2015. Patinated silver, white gold. Photo by: Dirk Eisel
Genevieve Howard. Necklace: The Song of the Chanter, 2016. Laser cut Japanese linen paper, elastic
Yong Joo Kim. Necklace: Crossing the Chasm, 2016. Velcro® hook and loop fastener, thread
Manon van Kouswijk. Necklace: Figures. Porcelain
Léa Mazy - Beneath the surface - 2016 – Léa is a young French designer studying at Design Academy Eindhoven. Léa ’s jewelry collection “Beneath the Surface” is the result of a research on materials around the notions of intimacy, preciousness, fragility, surprise, but most of all on the beauty lying underneath the surface. Combined, the individual story of each broches and rings creates a personal narration and landscape.
Mari Funaki 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.
This Award aims to celebrate Mari’s legacy by rewarding the skills and vision of jewellers both here and overseas and by providing a platform for outstanding new work to be shown here in Australia. A panel of three judges will award prizes in both established and emerging categories, with total prize money valued at AUD$11,000.