Thursday, June 5, 2014

Kirra Illuminating Glass Award (KIGA)

After months of planning by Kirra Galleries, Federation Square and the selected finalists as well as days setting up, the inaugural Kirra Illuminating Glass Award was officially opened by Robyn Archer AO and
the winner of the KIGA $15,000 award was presented to Robert Wynne by the Victorian Minister for the Arts, Heidi Victoria, for his beautiful piece, "Raven's Clutch".

The Minister for the Arts, The Hon. Heidi Victoria, presented Robert with a beautiful trophy
made by Kristin McFarlane and a cheque for $15,000.

Raven's Clutch by Robert Wynne

The judges had a very difficult task selecting the winner as the standard of entries was extremely high. The gallery was closed between 4pm and 6pm on opening day so that the judges; Robyn Archer AO, Grace Cochrane AM, Kate Brennan, Mathew Martin and Peter Kolliner OAM could make their selection.

The judges gave a special mention to Roger Buddle for his piece " Forest Fungi", Holly Grace for "Shelter-Horse Camp Hut", and Jason Sims for "Rise and fall II".

"Forest Fungi" by Roger Buddle

"Shelter-Horse Camp Hut" by Holly Grace

"Rise and Fall II" by Jason Sims

We would like to congratulate Rob on his win, but also thank all the finalists - it is a stunning display of internally lit glass sculptures. If you visit Fed Square during the next few weeks, please call in and enjoy the warmth and ambiance of the exhibition.

Follow this link to view the KIGA catalogue and see the finalists' entries.

There is also a People's Choice Award which will be announced on 17 June 2014 - please vote either online at or at Kirra Galleries.  When you cast your vote, you will be in entered into the draw to win a Gift Voucher to the value of $250 from Kirra Galleries.



Kirra Galleries
Federation Square (enter via Atrium)
Cnr Swanston & Flinders Streets
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Phone:  +61 3 9639 6388
Fax:     +61 3 9639 8522