Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery 2014

Award  /  12 Aug 2014  -  13 Sep 2014
Published: 30.07.2014
Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery 2014.
Gallery Funaki
DEADLINE: 18/06/2014

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Gallery Funaki announces the successful applicants of Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery. The selected artists will take part in a major exhibition, beginning on August 13. The award counted with more than 530 entries, received from 35 countries.-2016-2016
We’re thrilled to announce the inaugural Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery. Mari was a unique and passionate advocate for contemporary jewellery in Australia, both through her own remarkable practice and her establishment and directorship of Gallery Funaki.

This Award aims to celebrate Mari’s legacy by rewarding the skills and vision of jewellers both here and overseas and by providing a platform for outstanding new work to be shown here in Australia. A panel of three judges (to be announced) will award prizes in both established and emerging categories, with total prize money valued atAUD$11,000.

Gallery Funaki, a driving force in the promotion of contemporary jewellery in Australia for 19 years, invites jewellery artists at all stages of their practice to participate in the 2014 Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery.
This is a non-acquisitive award. AU$5000 will be awarded to the first prize recipient. Two prizes of AU$3000 will also be awarded to two emerging artists by a panel of judges including two internationally recognised makers and a state gallery curator.

Finalists will be selected by gallery Director Katie Scott and Award Manager Chloë Powell. The selected work will be exhibited at Gallery Funaki in a major exhibition in August-September 2014.

Applications close: 18 June 2014 (11:59pm, Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Finalists notified: 25 June 2014
Work/s received by: 30 July 2014
Award exhibition: 12 August – 13 September 2014

The Jury:
Warwick Freeman is an eminent New Zealand jeweller who has exhibited with Gallery Funaki since 1995. He is the recipient of the Francoise van den Bosch Prize (2002) and the Bayerischer Staatpreis 'Modern Classic' (2013).

Simon Cottrell is a prominent Australian jeweller and educator , currently acting head of the Gold and Silversmithing Workshop at ANU, Canberra. Cottrell has an extensive exhibition history and his work is held in numerous international collections.

Julie Ewington is a leading Australian art specialist with almost 40 years experience as an academic, writer and curator. Most recently Curatorial Manager at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art, she has a particular interest in contemporary jewellery and has written extensively on the topic, most recently in the 2013 Lark publication, Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective. She was recognised this year with an Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Award.

Thank you to all who entered the inaugural Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery. We were overwhelmed with the response as more than 530 entries were received from 35 countries.

The successful applicants, who will take part in a major exhibition beginning on August 13, are:
Ela Bauer – Poland / Israel / The Netherlands (established) | Alexander Blank – Germany (established) | Conversation Piece – Sweden (established) | Hermien Cassiers – Belgium (emerging) | Jane Dodd – New Zealand (established) | Patrícia Correia Domingues – Portugal / Germany (emerging) | Benedikt Fischer – Austria / Germany (emerging) | Emi Fukuda – Japan / Germany (emerging) | Sara Gackowska – Poland (emerging) | Kiko Gianocca – Switzerland (established) | Marcos Guzman – Australia (emerging) | Jo Hawley – England / New Zealand / Australia (emerging) | Therese Hilbert – Switzerland / Germany (established) | Lucie Houdková – Czech Republic (established) | Linda Hughes – Australia (established) | Kaori Juzu – Japan / Denmark (established) | Jiro Kamata – Japan / Germany (established) | Inari Kiuru – Finland / Australia (emerging) | Jun Konishi – Japan (established) | Lore Langendries – Belgium (emerging) | Carlier Makigawa – Australia (established) | Gitte Nygaard – Denmark / The Netherlands (emerging) | Martin Papcun – Czech Republic / Germany (established) | Nelly van Oost – France / Belgium (emerging) | Thanh-Truc Nguyen – Germany (established) | Mette Saabye – Denmark (established) | Michihiro Sato – Japan (established) | Helen Shirk – USA (established) | Blanche Tilden – Australia (established) | Julia Walter – Germany / The Netherlands (established) | Reinhold Ziegler – Norway (established)

The judges of the 2014 award are Australian artist and educator Simon Cottrell, art specialist Julie Ewington and New Zealand artist Warwick Freeman. They will award three prizes: one prize of $5000 to an established artist and two prizes of $3000 each to emerging artists (students and artists who have graduated within the previous three years).

The award is generously sponsored by Vivienne and Leo Donati, Johannes Hartfuss and Fabian Jungbeck.

The Award exhibition shows from 13 August to 13 September, 2014.

Gallery Funaki
is pleased to announce the winners of the Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery. See who won the competition here.-2016-2016



• Only contemporary jewellery will be accepted for selection. The work may be a single piece or a series of up to five (5) pieces and must have been made after 1 January 2012. Applications may only be submitted by the artist who made the work/s.
Work/s must be available to be in Australia between 23 July and 23 September 2014. Gallery Funaki reserves the right to make the final decision on work/s exhibited, including the right to exclude works from exhibition for any reason.
• All applications must be sent to and include a completed entry form . Receipt of application will be acknowledged within seven (7) days.
• Applications must include three (3) high-res (300dpi) photographs of work/s, including one that indicates scale. The work/s depicted in these photographs must be the same work available for exhibition. Images must be sent via Do not send physical pieces unless you are notified of your selection for exhibition.
• Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
• Selected finalists will be notified by email. Works must be received by Gallery Funaki no later than 30 July 2014.
• Applicants are responsible for the cost of the application and transportation of the work/s to Gallery Funaki, including any customs costs incurred. Gallery Funaki will not be liable for any loss or damage to the work incurred during transport.
• The work will be insured by Gallery Funaki from its receipt until its return to the artist, at a cost of up to AUD$1000. Gallery Funaki will not cover customs costs incurred in the artist’s home country on return of works.
• Works submitted can be made from any material. Please note, however, that the work must withstand transportation by post. The weight and scale of the work should allow for normal parcel postage below 1kg.
• The Award is open to contemporary jewellers at any stage of their practice. Students and those within three years of having graduated are considered emerging artists.
• All works must be available for sale. Gallery Funaki will take 40% commission on all sales.

The Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery is generously supported by Leo and Vivienne Donati, Johannes Hartfuss and Fabian Jungbeck.


Please complete this form and send, together with three (3) photographs of the work/s and a one page CV, to Please send images via

Applications must be received by 18 June 2014 (AEST). Please read the conditions of entry before submitting your application. Late and/or incomplete applications will not be accepted.