This weekend is your final chance to see the Contemporary Australian Silver & Metalwork Award 2013 at Arts Centre Melbourne. A Bendigo Art Gallery exhibition presented in partnership with Buda Historic Home and Garden, Castlemaine; this unique biennial exhibition aims to encourage, foster and promote excellence and innovation in Australian metalwork as well as cultivate an understanding and appreciation of silversmithing to a wider audience.
On display in the Smorgon Family Plaza are the six 2013 award winners and works shortlisted for the Arts Centre Melbourne Silver Award (Acquisitive). These pieces highlight the extraordinary work being created by contemporary Australian artists working with silver. They demonstrate the diverse creative possibilities that this medium is capable of, from fine jewellery and holloware vessels to elegantly crafted functional items such as tea sets.
Inaugurated in 2007 and sponsored by the Maxwell and Merle Carroll Fund, the Arts Centre Melbourne Silver Award (Acquisitive) recognises excellence in silver design, craftsmanship and originality by an artist inspired by or interpreting the Australian performing arts. This award is just one of the dynamic approaches through which Arts Centre Melbourne’s Public Art Collection is able to acquire new work by leading contemporary Australian artists. In 2013 the Arts Centre Melbourne Silver Award (Acquisitive) was presented to Melbourne jeweller and metal smith Karl Millard for his work The Ashlar Shuffle.
The Contemporary Australian Silver and Metalwork Award attracts some of the finest artists and designers of silver and metalwork in Australia. First launched in 1988 by Buda Historic Home and Garden, Castlemaine, the Award was established to commemorate the significant contribution to Australian silversmithing by the noted colonial silversmith, Ernest Leviny. The Leviny family lived at Buda for more than 118 years and the home and garden remain as a legacy of the Leviny family and a unique reminder of an important era of development in Australia’s history. In 2013 Bendigo Art Gallery joined with Buda Historic Home and Garden for the first time to present this award.