Friday, 23 November 2012

Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award Exhibition: Containment

Last night I was privileged to attend the opening of the 2012 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award Exhibition at the NGV Australia. Held triennially, the exhibition highlights excellence in contemporary design practice in Victoria, with an Award of Excellence of $30,000 presented at the opening. Every third year the exhibition focuses on a different design discipline or subject. This year's exhibition is dedicated to vessels and notions of containment.

The work of the fourteen artists in the 2012 exhibition is of a superb standard, representing gold & silversmithing, ceramics, glass, and hybrid design practices. Gold & silversmithing is represented by Mark Edgoose's striking titanium wallpiece Rail as Vessel; Robin Bold's Series 3 vessels of silver, copper, Kauri wood and plaster bandage; Katherine Wheeler's Tea Set of painted silver, porcelain and paper vessels with branch-like projections supporting delicate vessel forms; and the silver, wood, porcelain and steel vessels entitled Clearing by Marian Hosking.

This year's Award of Excellence was awarded to Marian Hosking for her vessels made from and informed by collected natural materials in the Australian landscape. As Marian pointed out in her award acceptance speech, one of the great strengths of the National Gallery of Victoria is that design and the decorative arts are represented together in the same collection as painting and sculpture, maintaining a strong voice for contemporary craft and design in Victoria.

Congratulations to Marian Hosking and the participants of the 2012 Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award Exhibition!

The exhibition is on at the NGV Australia at Federation Square until 21 July 2013. Floor talks introducing the exhibition will be held this Saturday 24 November and 14 December at 12:30pm. In addition exhibiting artists Robin Bold, Mark Edgoose and Marian Hosking will be speaking at the Artist Response Series talk titled Contemporary Containment on 23 February at 2pm, and Gary Bish, Owen Rye, David Ray and David Pottinger will speak at the same series on 9 March at 2pm. Entry to both the exhibitions and public talks is free.

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