VETERAN glass artist Scott Chaseling’s giant chandelier “Adrift,” is the winner of the 2016 Hindmarsh Prize, it was announced at the Fitters Workshop last night by arts patron John Hindmarsh.
Chaseling has won a $5000 cash prize, $2500 of in-kind freight services from IAS and a four-week residency at Canberra Glassworks.
He described his winning work, which began with recycled bottles, as “an attempt to represent a sense of no place and no belonging. Through utilising specific materials such as glass and mirrors, ‘Adrift’ creates a liminal space that consists only of a state of becomingness and not defined by the tangibility of the object.”
The judges, NGA director Gerard Vaughan, Eva Czernis-Ryl from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Ewan McEoin from the National Gallery of Victoria, Rebecca Evans from the Art Gallery of SA and Jane Cush, artistic director of the Glassworks, also singled out Peter Nilsson’s mammoth trapped in glass, “What once was” and Kirstie Rea’s imaginative swirl “The gurgle in my gut” for commendation.
Dr Vaughan spoke of the public attention that last year’s award had raised for Canberra region glass artists and suggested, “maybe the catchment area could spread”.
He said that he and his fellow judges were impressed by the sense of wonderment, humour and even magic created by the glass artists who had played with illusion and with the “play of light on glass”. Glass, he said, created “poetry through physicality”.
Presented by Canberra Glassworks, the Hindmarsh Prize was initiated last year by Mr Hindmarsh, who praised his fellow sponsors the Tall Foundation and IAS Fine Art Services and joined Dr Vaughan in supporting the idea that the prize could extend beyond the Canberra region to become a “truly national” event.
All the works are for sale and Hindmarsh Group has first option to purchase the winning work. “Adrift”, valued at $25,000.
The shortlisted works, curated by Grace Blakeley-Carroll, will be exhibited in the Fitters Workshop, adjacent to Canberra Glassworks, from 10am to 4pm until June 18, and from noon to 8pm for the Winter Glass Market on June 17.