Radiant Pavilion Selection Committee
Vito Bila is a Melbourne based artist whose practice involves the exploration of the vessel through traditional and non-traditional metalworking techniques and processes. Bila’s work focuses on the fabrication of non-functional metal vessels that explore a dynamic and unconventional combination of processes often within the one piece.
Vito’s work engages a dialogue between hand made, digital and industrial techniques and processes. The juxtaposition of traditional silver-smithing methods with Digital Fabrication processes creates an opportunity to reflect on the inherent qualities of analogue and digital processes and their ability to support and enrich each other in the practice of object making.
Vito has exhibited in Australia and internationally. In 2002 he was awarded Australia Council funding for a residency in Rome and a New Work grant in 2004. In 2007 he received Arts Victoria funding to travel to the Collect Contemporary Craft Fair, London. He has been shortlisted for awards such as Australian Contemporary Silver and Metalwork Award 2013, 5th Cheongju International Craft Competition 2007, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize 2006, Ernest Leveny Commemorative Silver Award 2005 and 2003.
In 2014 Vito was visiting artist and lecturer at the Jewellery and Metalsmithing Department, Rhode Island School of Design, USA.
Vito’s work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of South Australia and Hamilton City Gallery, Victoria.
Anna Davern completed her undergraduate degree in Jewellery and Object Design at Sydney College of the Arts in 1993. She gained her subsequent Masters degree in Gold and Silversmithing from RMIT in 2003.
In 20 years of practice, Davern has held three solo exhibitions at Craft Victoria and has been represented in numerous Australian and international solo and group exhibitions including a recent survey of Australian art at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, Taipei. In 2011 she co-founded Northcity4, an ARI that provides professional and creative opportunities to the Australian contemporary jewellery community.
She has been the recipient of grants from the Australia Council, Arts Victoria and NAVA and in 2007 she undertook a residency at the Estonian Academy of Art. Davern has taught and lectured at universities and TAFEs in Australia and at the Estonian Academy of Art.
Anna Davern’s practice straddles the visual arts, jewellery, fashion and education. She teaches, writes, curates and primarily makes jewellery and objects from the Northcity4 studios in Brunswick, Melbourne. Anna is a well-respected artist within the Australian contemporary jewellery and craft communities.
Carlier Makigawa is a Melbourne based artist with over 35 years experience in the field of contemporary jewellery and objects.
Carlier has held solo exhibitions in Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands and the USA as well as every state in Australia. She has been recognised for her work by the Australia Council on multiple occasions including a fellowship in 1993. Her work has been represented in exhibitions such as Schmuck and Unexpected Pleasures.
As a lecturer she worked at RMIT University in Gold & Silversmithing for 15 years and became the Coordinator in 1998.
Carlier's work is held in collections around the world including the Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution in New York & the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.