Established by Craft Victoria in 2015, the Victorian Craft Awards is a biennial event presenting and celebrating excellence in contemporary craft practice. The Awards showcase exceptional works utilising craft skills, processes and materials and include emerging, mid-career and established craftspeople from across Victoria.  

The Finalists

Adam Markowitz & Oliver Tanner, Alexsandra Pontonio, Amanda Ho, Ana Petidis, Anke Kindle, Anna Davern, Anton Gerner, Australian Tapestry Workshop & Troy Emery, Beverley Meldrum, Blanche Tilden, Cara Johnson, Cassie Leatham, Christopher Plumridge, Damien Wright & Bonhula Yunupingu, Danielle Thiris, Darren Healey, Ema Shin, Grace Brown, Holly Grace. Iluka Sax-Williams, James Lemon, Jane Sawyer, Jenna Lee, Jennifer Conroy-Smith, Jessie French, Jin Ah Jo, Jo Hawley, Juanita Mulholland, Katherine Hubble, Katrina Tyler, Kirby Bourke (Two Lines Studio), Kirsten Haydon, Kristin Burgham, Lindy McSwan, Lisa Waup, Liv Boyle, Louise Meuwissen & Ebony Russell, Marcos Guzman, Mechelle Shooter, Michaela Pegum, Michelle Stewart, Narelle White, Nicole Polentas, Prue Venables, Roseanne Bartley, Samuel Burns, Sara Lindsay, Shimara Carlow, Sophia Cai, Thomas Lentini, Timothy Gresham, Timothy White, Vicki Mason, Yi Jen Chu, Zhu Ohmu.

The Prizes

$10,000 | The Lynne Kosky Award for Contemporary Jewellery

Honouring the legacy of Victorian Government Minister and longstanding patron and advocate of the arts, Lynne Kosky. Supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Art Form: Contemporary jewellery; open to all career stages. 

Awarded to Blanche Tilden
Through the Lens series 2021

$5,000 | The Excellence Award

Recognising the highest achievement in creativity, innovation and design. Supported by the Bowness Family Foundation.

Art Form: All; open to all career stages.

Awarded to Damien Wright and Bonhula Yunupingu
Rom’mirri (Keeper of the Law) 2021

$2,500 | Jewellery Encouragement Award

Supported by the Williamson and Kosky families.

Art Form: Contemporary jewellery; open to emerging makers.

Awarded to Jo Hawley
Home I, II and III 2021

$2,500 | The Jardan Craft Award

Celebrating inspirational design and craftsmanship. Supported by Jardan. This Award will also provide an opportunity to collaborate with the Jardan design team.

Art Form: All; open to all career stages.

Awarded to Jessie French
Bioplastic algae series 2021

$1,000 | The Ceramics Award 

Supported by The Newman Family.

Art Form: Ceramics; open to all career stages.

Awarded to Prue Venables
Stemmed Bowl and Sieve 2021

$1,000 | Encouragement Award

Supported by The Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society (Yarra).

Art Form: All; open to emerging makers.

Awarded to Beverley Meldrum
Kelp necklace 2020

$1,000 | People’s Choice Award

Supported by Craft Victoria.

Art Form: All; open to all career stages.

Awarded to Sophia Cai
Safety Yellow Woman 2020-2021

The Selection Panel

The Judging Panel

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