Masahiro Asaka, Surge 19, cast glass, 2014 (Photo: Rob Little)

Masahiro Asaka, Surge 19, cast glass, 2014 (Photo: Rob Little)


Held in the Fitters Workshop adjacent to Canberra Glassworks, the exhibition of shortlisted works for the inaugural Hindmarsh Prize in 2016 exposed a captive audience to the world-class contemporary glass from around Canberra and the region.

Initiated by arts patron, Mr John Hindmarsh AM and in partnership with Canberra Glassworks, the Hindmarsh Prize has instantly become a much valued, generous and creative contribution to the artists’ local calendar.

"As part of its commitment to the cultural diversity of the ACT, Hindmarsh places great value in fostering its vibrant local arts community, with the ambition of widening its scope and level of interest throughout the region," says John Hindmarsh. "To that end, Hindmarsh is delighted to be supporting Canberra Glassworks and the variety of talented artists associated with the organisation, many of whom have produced outstanding works of not only national, but international renown."

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“As an artist, exhibition opportunities such as this are important for our practices and offer exposure of our work to new and wider audiences,” said Kirstie Rea, one of the shortlisted artists for the 2016 prize. “I was honoured … to have my work exhibited alongside my peers and to subsequently have my work purchased by John Hindmarsh.’

Masahiro Asaka won the inaugural Hindmarsh Prize in 2016 for his work Surge 19, which was subsequently acquired by the Cultural Facilities Corporation, ACT Government.

View a gallery of the shortlisted works in the exhibition for Hindmarsh Prize 2016

Judged by a professional panel, shortlisted works for 2017 will be presented in an exhibition in the Fitters Workshop, adjacent to Canberra Glassworks, from 9 to 18 June 2017, with the winner being announced at 6pm on Friday 9 June 2017.

The winner will receive a cash prize of AUD$5000 plus the opportunity to work in residence at Canberra Glassworks for four weeks.

Entries will be accepted by artists practicing in the ACT and region before 4pm on 31 March 2017 (see Key Dates).

Please refer to the Conditions of Entry for the Hindmarsh Prize 2017 prior to entering. The Hindmarsh Prize is non acquisitive. However, Major Sponsor Hindmarsh has the first option to acquire the winning work. Canberra Glassworks has the option to present works from the Hindmarsh Prize Exhibition for four weeks following the announcement date in an alternative venue.