23 January – 21 April
In association with Australian Wood Review magazine and Craft Australia
70 Works of Fine Furniture by 66 Makers
Bungendore Wood Works Gallery and Australian Wood Review Magazine opened their second Bi-annual exhibition, Studio Furniture 2010 on Australia Day, Saturday 23 January at 6pm in the Octagon ArtSpace.
The exhibition is the result of an Australia wide competition sponsored by the Wood Works Gallery with $11000 made available for four prizes for the winning entrants.
Over 138 entries were received and from those 70 pieces of furniture from 66 individual wood workers and furniture makers were selected to make up the most extensive exhibition ever held at Bungendore Wood Works Gallery.
The exhibition was opened and awards announced at the Gallery by Catrina Vignando, General Manager of Craft Australia, the premier advocacy body for Craft practitioners in Australia and media partner for the event.
The 70 accepted entries for the exhibition come from furniture makers from around Australia.
New South Wales is represented by 23 makers, with 15 from Queensland, 6 from Western Australia, 5 from Tasmania, 4 from Victoria. 2 from South Australia and 7 from the ACT Region.
The ACT Region entrants are furniture makers Gino Monteleone, Josh Carmody, Amy Fiveash, Scott Mitchell, Mirsad Ramic, Myles Gostelow and Gallery Artistic Director David Mac Laren who is exhibiting out of competition.
Entries for the competition include stools, chairs, lounges, hall, bedside and coffee tables, cabinets, sideboards, mirrors, lamps, chests of drawers, bookshelves, boxes, desks and a dining suite. The brief for the competition was for a well-considered and crafted piece of furniture, made with saleability within a gallery setting in mind. The design and finish needs to communicate a “studio furniture” attitude: that is, an emphasis on individually designed and made work showing an appropriate use of hand work so as to distinguish it from mass-produced manufacture.
Wood and/or wood products (manufactured boards) are the primary material with other materials able to be incorporated such as metal, glass, leather, recycled paper, fibreglass matting and found objects. Most pieces are made exclusively from Australian timber species with a sprinkling of exotics such as Peruvian walnut, American cherry, African padauk and ebony. One occasional table features ink-jet digital prints as part of the design.
With 66 individual makers and 70 pieces, the administration and accommodation of the work in the Gallery has proved a challenge with pieces displayed throughout in the Gallery as some have proved too heavy to place in the upstairs Octagon ArtSpace generally reserved for specific exhibitions in the Gallery.
While all of the work is exceptional and meets the criteria as above, some are bound to be standouts that closely epitomise the organisers ideas of “studio furniture,” which by definition wrestles with the notions of artistic expression and functionality, either in terms of decoration or practical use.
For a report on the Studio Furniture 2010 Conference by Meredith Hinchliffe, Reflections on Organising the Conference by David Mac Laren or the Presentation by Meredith Hinchliffe on Provenance, download the relevant attached document at the end of this page.