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Luminous: Tom Malone Prize 2016

Curator Robert Cook


  30 January – 2 May 2016 | FREE





AGWA is delighted to announce that the winner of the 2016 Luminous: Tom Malone Prize for contemporary glass artists is Gabriella Bisetto for her work Becoming.

Gabriella Bisetto Becoming 2015

This year’s prize was judged by Art Gallery of Western Australia Director, Stefano Carboni; Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation Benefactor, Elizabeth Malone; Director of the Jam factory, Brian Parkes, and Gallery curator, Robert Cook.

The judges said that, “Gabriella Bisetto’s Becoming is instantly, unavoidably compelling. A tangle of tubular curving forms held in a loose spherical formation, we recognise it as a brilliantly bold, ambitious statement in glass. A sculpture with real presence, it interacts with its surroundings wonderfully and, hovering above the floor, it casts shadows that multiply it in curious ways. It is a work that generates much wonder as, in the hands of such a master of her craft, heat transforms glass into fascinating shapes. What makes this work entirely successful is Bisetto’s attention to detail. Coming close to the piece, the viewer sees shifts in colour, as a slight greenish hue becomes evident; small spikes also become noticeable as protective protuberances from the tubular shapes that give the cluster an almost tender quality. Bisetto comments that this work is a hymn to death, decay and the new forms things become; however, these elements cohere into such a punchy and alive form that we couldn’t be happier with this year’s winner."

ABOUT The Prize

Now in its fourteenth year, the Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected and eagerly anticipated event for contemporary Australian glass artists. This is reflected in the high quality of the prize winners and the competitive shortlists.

The Tom Malone Prize 2016 brings together many of Australia's best glass artists. Featuring this year's fourteen short-listed artists; Ruth Allen, Andrew Baldwin, Gabriella Bisetto, Brian Corr, Mark Eliott and Jack McGrath, Kevin Gordon, Marc Leib, Jeremy Lepisto, Jessica Loughlin, Kumiko Nakajima, Kirstie Rea, Janice Vitkovsky, Zoe Woods and Jamie Worsley.

Glass is one of the most exciting and dynamic art forms in this country. It is a uniquely captivating medium, capable of almost endless transformation. Glass provides a perfect vehicle for the exploration of a range of themes, from the personal to the observational.

The Tom Malone Prize was established in 2003 as an annual event for Australian glass artists. An acquisitive prize, each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection.

Since its inception, it has facilitated the entry of significant glass works by winners Nick Mount, Jessica Loughlin, Clare Belfrage, Benjamin Sewell, Kevin Gordon, Charles Butcher, Cobi Cockburn, Deirdre Feeney, Brian Corr, Tom Moore and Mel Douglas into the State Art Collection.



6X6 Artsource talk

FREE for Artsource members
$5 for non-members

6pm, Tuesday 5 April

In association with Artsource, hear from leading glass artists who have exhibited in the Tom Malone Prize. Six artists will talk about their artworks for six minutes giving insight into the unique practice of glass art.

To purchase tickets please email


6pm, Thursday 17 March 2016

Foundation Members Event

Be fascinated and intrigued by contemporary glass in the annual Tom Malone Prize. Established in 2003 by Foundation Benefactor Elizabeth Malone, this boutique display celebrates and rewards the achievements of artists via an acquisitive award, and provides the Gallery with an opportunity to bring the winning work into
your State Art Collection.


Gabriella Bisetto

Becoming 2015

blown glass

100 x 100 cm

Collection the artist

© Gabriella Bisetto, 2015

Photo credit: Christopher Boha








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