06 January 2011
RMIT graduates get Fresh!
Robyn Hosking’s Fresh! Award winning work, HMAS Follies Narcissus. Photography: Jeremy Dillon.
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Three RMIT University students recently stole the show at the Fresh! awards run by Craft Victoria, winning six of the seven awards on offer.
The awards are part of Fresh!, an annual exhibition featuring innovative work by graduating students, chosen from the fields of ceramics, glass, gold and silversmithing, fashion, textiles, industrial and furniture design and visual arts.
Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) graduate Thomas Llewellyn, Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art – Ceramics) graduate Robyn Hosking and Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art – Gold and Silversmithing) graduate Inari Kiuru won two awards each.
Professor Elizabeth Grierson, Head of RMIT’s School of Art, said it was the University’s best result in the awards’ 18-year history.
"I was delighted to hear that two of this School’s graduate students won four of Craft Victoria’s Fresh Awards and I wholeheartedly congratulate Robyn Hosking and Inari Kiuru.
“Their success is testimony to the dedication they give their art practices and also to the high standing of the studio-based programs in the School of Art,” she said.
Mr Llewellyn received the Craft Victoria Fresh! Award (overall winner, selected from Award winners) of $2,000 plus free professional development with Craft Victoria, and the Green Magazine Sustainable Practice Award giving him a full page feature in Green Magazine.
Mrs Hosking won the Sofitel Melbourne Exhibition in a Public Space Award, giving her an exhibition and launch event in Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, and the Northcote Pottery Supplies Award involving an exhibition and launch event at Pan Gallery.
Ms Kiuru won the TAIT Design Mentorship Award taking up a mentoring program with Gordon Tait, and the Studio Round Brand Development Award allowing her to develop an identity, logo or packaging concept design.
A 20-member committee of industry professionals viewed graduate exhibitions across the state, selecting finalists to feature in Fresh!
Now in its 18th year, Fresh! had a firmly established reputation as the pre-eminent survey of new ideas and directions in contemporary craft and design.
Three other RMIT graduates were finalists in Fresh! They were Elise Pollard, Bachelor of Design (Interior Design); Simone Steel, Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design); and Laura Wade, Bachelor of Design (Fashion).