Ausglass Conference ‘States of Illumination’ Opportunities and Prizes.

 2015 Vicki Torr Memorial Prize - $8,000

The Vicki Torr Memorial Fund was first established in 1993 as a memorial to Australian glass artist, Vicki Torr (1949-1992). Its purpose is to reflect Vicki’s life and work by encouraging excellence in Australian studio glass through the Vicki Torr Memorial Prize.

The Board of Ausglass is very pleased to announce that the biennial Vicki Torr Memorial Prize will be increased to $8,000 (+GST) for the 2015 Conference and on into the future.

The Vicki Torr Memorial Prize is peer-selected at the 2015 Ausglass Conference exhibition. The 2015 exhibition is titled ‘Illumination’ and will be hosted by Worth Gallery in the centre of Adelaide. This event is a fantastic opportunity for glass artists to participate in a national exhibition that will be viewed by curators and major galleries from around Australia.

All Ausglass members and non-members are invited to display their work in the exhibition. All works submitted into the exhibition must be:

  • Predominantly made from glass
  • Made within the18 months prior to the exhibition
  • The artist’s original work

The award winner is selected from votes cast by Ausglass members attending the exhibition and will be announced at the closing ceremony of the 2015 Ausglass Conference. Voting forms will be available at the exhibition for all Ausglass members to cast their vote.


2015 Sabbia Exhibition Award

The Sabbia Exhibition Award is an important award open to Ausglass members who are emerging artists. Sabbia Gallery is Sydney’s premier commercial gallery specializing in the exhibition and representation of studio glass and ceramics.

The winner of the Sabbia Exhibition Award will be offered the opportunity to participate in a solo exhibition at Sabbia Gallery in Sydney. This award also includes a mentoring program with curatorial staff, who will work with and support the recipient in the lead-up to their exhibition.

The Award is presented to an artist who is either ‘emerging’ (that is, five years or less of professional experience) or an artist at student level, who demonstrates a devotion to contemporary studio glass, and displays innovation in their work.

The Sabbia Exhibition Award will be selected by Sabbia Gallery representatives, Anna Grigson and Maria Grimaldi, from the 2015 Ausglass Conference Exhibition, ‘Illumination’, and will be announced on the opening night Thursday February 12, 2015.


2015 Vicki Torr Online Gallery Prize for Emerging Artists - $2,000

The Vicki Torr Online Gallery Prize is an annual prize for emerging artists. It is a peer-selected prize that is voted by members through the Ausglass Online Gallery at

Through this prize Ausglass aims to encourage and support emerging glass artists as well as increase their public profile by placing photographic examples of their work in the Ausglass Online Gallery. With the new Ausglass website being launched in November this is a fantastic opportunity for an international audience to view emerging glass artists online.

Entrants for the Vicki Torr Online gallery prize must:

  • Be ‘emerging’ artists – artists having 5 years or less professional experience (students are also encouraged to apply).
  • Be a current Ausglass member.
  • Have placed photographic images of their work with a 1 page CV on the Ausglass Online Gallery by November 20th, 2014.
  • Not be a previous winner of the Vicki Torr Online Gallery Prize.

The 2015 Vicki Torr Online Gallery Prize will be announced alongside the 2015 Vicki Torr Memorial Prize at the 2015 Ausglass Conference ‘States of Illumination’ auction and closing ceremony in Adelaide, South Australia.