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Wagga Wagga Art Gallery | The National Emerging Art Glass Prize

Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is proud to present the 2018 edition of the National Emerging Art Glass Prize, a unique survey of the future stars of Australian glass. The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on Friday 4 May, at the official launch of the Prize exhibition featuring the works of over thirty entrants from across the country.
 
Established in 2010 and held every two years, the National Emerging Art Glass Prize is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the premier events in Australian glass. As the home of the National Art Glass Collection, the Gallery is proud of the role that this award plays in promoting glass as one of Australia’s most innovative artforms.
 
The Prize is open to current students in glass and practising glass artists within five years of graduation, creating a broad and inclusive representation of art glass across the sector. The Prize enables the winner to travel to Scotland to participate in master classes and a conference at one of Europe’s premier glass destinations North Lands Creative Glass, Scotland. The Wagga Wagga Art Gallery also acquires the winning work to become part of our National Art Glass Collection
 
For the 2018 award, thirty of Australia’s most innovative and exciting new glass artists have been selected to present their entries. The exhibition features current students and recent graduates from universities across Australia including the Australian National University, the University of South Australia, Monash University in Melbourne, Edith Cowan University and Curtin University in Western Australia, and the University of Sydney.
 
Together, these extraordinary new talents showcase the future of Australian glass as one of the most dynamic, experimental, conceptually challenging and yet technically skilled movements worldwide. Michael Scarrone, curator of the exhibition and the National Art Glass Collection, says, “Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is very excited to continue to offer this unique opportunity to emerging glass artists from around the country.
 
“We hope that the National Emerging Art Glass Prize will continue to create opportunities for young artists and enrich the connections between public galleries, learning institutions and students.”
 
The winner of the National Emerging Art Glass Prize 2018 will be officially announced, and the exhibition formally launched, on Friday 4 May at 6pm by Sarah Humphrey, recipient of the 2014 Prize. On Saturday 5 May, a free public Forum will be held where several of the artists exhibiting will discuss their works and their practice. The National Emerging Art Glass Prize 2018 exhibition will be on display in the National Art Glass Gallery at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery from Saturday 27 January until Sunday 22 April, 2018.
 
For more information visit www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/gallery or call (02) 6926 9660.