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Tom Moore


Tom Moore employs traditional glass blowing techniques to create sculptural creatures so whimsical in form and concept they demand attention. His plant-birds, vegetable-men and shark-wagons address themes of nature and industrialisation with humour and playfulness. It’s little wonder the multi-awarded glass artist lists Dr Seuss, Edward Lear and the wonders of biology as inspiration – he is the first to declare he finds the idea of a sprouting car hopeful.

Moore exhibits his glass sculptures extensively, most recently at 'Magic Object: 2016 Adelaide Biennial', Cheongju International Crafts Biennale in South Korea and the Museum of Glass in Washington, US. His solo exhibitions are notable for the mixed media installations he constructs as landscapes for these hybrid creatures to inhabit. As an extension of his glass-blowing practice he also photographs and films these scenes for exhibition. Moore was awarded the Ranamok Contemporary Art Prize in 2013 and in 2014 he won the Hobart Art Prize. His studio is based in Adelaide’s inner-west and he also works as a specialist glass producer for JamFactory, while his plant-birds, vegetable-men and shark-wagons have happy homes in a number of private and public national collections.



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Solo Exhibitions

2016, Metamorphosis: The Art of Tom Moore, Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, QLD
2014, Prehistoric Restraint, The Hughes Gallery, Surry Hills, NSW
2014, Life Preserver, This Is No Fantasy, Fitzroy, VIC

Group Exhibitions

2016, Magic Object: 2016 Adelaide Biennial, Art Gallery of South Australia
2015, Lurid Beauty, Australian Surrealism and its Echoes, National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
2014, Life Preserver, Helen Gory Galerie, Fitzroy, Australia
2013, Cheongju International Crafts Biennale, South Korea
2013, Links, Museum of Glass, Tacoma Washington USA
2013, Ranamok Prize for Contemporary Glass, Canberra Glassworks & touring
2013, Tom Malone Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
2012, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum, Adelaide & touring, Australia
2009, Making It New: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Australia
2009, White Hot, Contemporary Australian Glass, Asialink & Craft ACT touring throughout Asia


2015, PhD Candidate, University of South Australia
1991-1994, Bachelor of Arts (Glass) Hons. Canberra School of Art, Australian National University


Art Gallery of South Australia
Artbank Public Art Collection
Australian National Parliament House
Australian National University
Canberra Museum and Gallery
Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Museum of American Glass
National Gallery of Australia
Peter Fay Collection
Powerhouse Museum
Ranamok Contemporary Art Prize, Permanent Collection
Art Gallery of Western Australia
University of Wollongong


2017, Finalist, Tom Malone Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia
2014, City of Hobart Art Prize, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
2013, Ranamok Contemporary Art Prize, Australia and New Zealand
2013, Tom Malone Prize, Art Gallery of Western Australia
2012, Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, 2nd prize Sculpture and Objects
2009, Australia Council Visual Arts Board, Established Artists New Work, Grant

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Image: Tom Moore, Pyrotechnic puffer fish, 2016. Photographer Grant Hancock

Tom Moore | 2018 Tom Malone prize

12 Apr 2018

Congratulations to Tom Moore who has been awarded the 2018 Tom Malone prize for his work ‘Pyrotechnic Puffer Fish’. The judges said ‘We love it for its detail, its evidence of glass mastery, its straight-faced hilarity, dazzling technical spirit, and, above all, for seeming to come straight out of a dream as most of Tom’s creatures do. It really is like nothing we have seen before.’

Each year’s winning entry becomes a part of the State Art Collection and the winner is awarded a prize of $15,000.


Moore in The Advertiser

24 Feb 2016

Patrick McDonald, Chief Arts Writer from The Advertiser speaks with Tom Moore about his involvement with the Adelaide Biennial exhibition. “I still can’t quite believe that this whole process has happened — it’s like four dreams coming true all at once,’’ Mr Moore said. Read the full article on the link below.

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