Congratulations to Mel Douglas who was awarded the Art Gallery of Western Australia's 2014 Tom Malone Prize. Mel's glass work Camber, described by the judges as 'stunning', was selected as the winning entry among the ten shortlisted works. Mel has described her piece as a 'meditation on the elements and concepts of light, space and time'.
Now in its 12th year, the Tom Malone Prize is a significant annual event for Australian glass artists. The high quality of work entered into the prize showcases glass as a diverse medium for a range of artistic explorations. Nine other artist were shortlisted for the prize: Andrew Baldwin (Canberra), Clare Belfrage (Adelaide), Tim Edwards (Adelaide), Kevin Gordon (Perth), Jeremy Lepisto (Canberra), Nick Mount (Adelaide), Jasmine Targett (Melbourne), Tevita Havea (Sydney) and Jamie Worsley (Perth).
Judges for the 2014 Tom Malone Prize were the Governor of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, Elizabeth Malone; glass artist David Hay; Art Gallery of WA’s Director, Stefano Carboni; and Art Gallery of WA’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Photography and Design, Robert Cook.In a statement, the judges said they were 'blown away' by Douglas' work. 'The attention to detail - surface etching, polishing and the overall shape - was stunning, with all elements coming together in a profoundly satisfying way,' they said.
An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection. The 2014 Tom Malone Prize exhibition is showing until 21 April at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. Douglas' "Camber" and the other shortlisted works are featured.