New national metal prize honours memory of celebrated designer

Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and  FINK + Co
Inaugural 2022 Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Prize
Submissions close Monday 27 June 2022

The Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Prize is open to Australian-based metal working artists who create hollow-ware, flatware, lighting, small scale sculpture and objects.

Robert Foster, who trained in silversmithing at the then Canberra School of Art, founded FINK + Co in 1993 in Queanbeyan, near Canberra. He was killed in a car accident in July 2016.

Barbie spoke to Jodie Cunningham, CEO + Artistic Director at Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre and Gretel Harrison, Director of FINK and Co, at the announcement of the prize

The award will celebrate outstanding work in the field of contemporary metal work by both established and emerging designers and craftspeople. Ten finalists, at least three of whom will be emerging artists, will have their work exhibited at Craft ACT as part of the DESIGN Canberra festival in 2022.

The judges will be Ewan McEoin, National Gallery of Victoria; Brian Parkes, Jam Factory; and Rohan Nicols, University of Tasmania.

Three makers will receive cash prizes – a major award of $10,000, an emerging artist award of $3000 and the Tall Foundation acquisition award of $5000.

Further information: 2022 Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Prize – Craft ACT

Image: Living Arts Canberra – FINK display at ACT Craft and Design launch of the Robert Foster F!NK National Metal Prize.