Vicki Torr Memorial Prize

Congratulations George Agius, winner of the 2015 Vicki Torr Memorial Prize.

Ausglass members and non-members are invited to take part in the biennial Ausglass conference exhibition. The conference exhibition also hosts the $8,00 Vicki Torr Memorial Prize - a peer selected prize. All Ausglass members who attended the exhibition were able to vote for their favourite piece in the exhibition. This years winner was George Agius for her elaborate work Whannau: A Breakfast for Ancestors.

New Zealand born George is currently a studio tenant and practicing artist at the JamFactory in Adelaide after completing a two-year associate training program there. She began her Diploma studies at the Wanganui Glass School in New Zealand before heading to Canada under an artists exchange program to complete her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Alberta College of Art and Design in 2011. Travelling widely across many countries, she has gained a sound knowledge of the diverse techniques of glass making and ways to conceptualise her art.

Family ties, cultural identity, and heritage and the notion of impermanence heavily inspire George’s work, as well as her inherent understanding of the glass medium. She uses these themes in conjunction with the creative elements of form, colour and composition - and what she describes as a ‘whimsical aesthetic’ - to draw physical and emotional reactions from viewers of her work.

Whannau: a breakfast for ancestors was one of the largest works at the Illumination exhibition. It comprises a dinner table set with over 50 pieces and incorporates blown and sculpted glass, photographic images printed on glass, and found objects. The individually created pieces, which included lavender sprigs, poached eggs and bacon rashers, bread slices, and bunches of grapes, impressed many of the members and the work was a worthy winner of the prize.

Find out more about George at her website: www.georgeagiusglass.com

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