The Kisho Prize design initiative

September 20, 2013

Named after the architect of Melbourne Central, Kisho Kurokawa, the Kisho Prize will see a new public sculpture commissioned for installation in the heart of Melbourne Central.

The Kisho Prize is a new design initiative by the GTP Group’s Melbourne Central that is aimed at supporting local art, design and architectural talent and showcasing dynamic designs that pay homage to Melbourne’s culture. The project’s name pays its respects to the Japanese architect, Kisho Kurokawa, who designed the Melbourne Central building in the 1980s.

Five early- to mid-career creatives artists have been selected to take part in the initiative by a panel of expert judges. The selected artists are: Lucas Chirnside and Bianca Looney of SMLWRLD, Caleb Shea, Nathan Gray, Hamish Munro and Tai Snaith.

They have been called upon to create concepts for an installation within the centre. The concepts will be presented to a public vote before one is selected to be developed and installed in Melbourne Central.

The artists will be mentored throughout the process by Melissa Loughnan of Utopian Slumps and industrial designer, Jean-Pierre Biasol  They will have the next month to develop and deliver their design impressions before being brought forth for public vote through the centre’s online channels.

Each artist will be provided with a $1,000 budget for their conceptual delivery, and the Kisho Prize winner will received a $10 000 personal prize with a $30,000 budget for production and building costs of the final installation.

The Kisho Prize winner will be announced in November 2013 with final installation into Melbourne Central’s Lonsdale Street building that month.

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