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Queanbeyan artist wins major glass prize

“Margin, 2022”. Photo: Rob Little.

QUEANBEYAN glass artist,  Matthew Curtis, has won the $20,000 FUSE Glass Prize for 2022, it has been announced by Adelaide’s Jam Factory.

The biennial prize for Australian and NZ glass artists is Australasia’s richest prize for glass and  provides a platform for artists to push themselves and their work to new limits and focuses public attention on the importance of glass as a medium.

The non-acquisitive cash prize was awarded to Curtis for his piece “Margin, 2022”.

Matthew Curtis.

Based in Uriarra Road,  Queanbeyan,  at a home studio where he and his partner, Harriet Schwarzrock, run a glassblowing studio and arts practice, Curtis is fascinated by the production of objects inspired by the minutiae of architectural structures in nature and has been well-acknowledged with many commissions and awards, including a fairly recent commission for a spectacular glass wall in Constitution Avenue.

Judge Cobi Cockburn says: “Matthew Curtis’s totemic sculptural work exudes a deep understanding of the material properties of glass and incorporates a variety of techniques. The piece holds light within while the brightness of colour and levels of translucency change and delight as you move around the form.”

The works of 12 established and six emerging artists were selected as finalists by the 2022 judging panel.

The David Henshall Emerging Artist Prize, providing $2500 cash and a professional development residency at Jam Factory, was awarded to Sydney-based artist Bronte Cormican-Jones for her entry “Sightlines”.

Coinciding with the UN International Year of Glass in 2022, the exhibition of finalists’ works will be shown at Jam Factory until July 3, followed by a tour to Canberra Glassworks from August  24  to September 25.




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