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The $10,000 Ranamok Glass Prize for 2006 has been awarded to Cobi Cockburn for her entry Shifting Fields.

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Published Thursday, 24 August 2006

The award was announced this evening in Canberra at the ANU School of Art Gallery, where the exhibition will remain on display until 24 September. The Ranamok Glass Prize, now in its 12th year, is an annual acquisitive award with a prize of $10,000.

It aims to encourage creativity, skill and innovation in contemporary glass from Australia and New Zealand and has become a pivotal event in the Australian visual arts and craft calendar.

Within the glass art fraternity, the award is equivalent in its standing to awards such as the Logies, the Mo Awards and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. After a comparatively short time on the awards scene, the Ranamok Glass Prize has attracted a vast following by artists, patrons, collectors and industry, thereby securing its position on the Australasian cultural landscape.

In mid-July, the judging panel selected 41 finalists from 156 entries. The prize co-founder Mr. Andrew Plummer said:

We are extremely pleased with the quality of this year’s finalists, with the high standard

ensuring that the exhibition will once again provide a captivating show. Glass is an increasingly important artistic medium which is evolving rapidly both creatively and technically.

Cobi Cockburn - Shifting Fields

Ms Cockburn had this to say about her winning entry:
Shifting Fields landmarks a new direction within my work in developing this cradling form I have carefully considered and blended my interest in fibres, my love for the natural Australian landscape and my growth as a young mother and artist.

The exhibition will then travel to Sydney where it will be on display at the Sydney Opera House from October 7-29, and for the fifth year form part of the City of Sydney’s Art & About Festival.

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