ART – Australia ’s Most Prestigious Small Sculpture Prize Announces Finalists

September 10th, 2009

More than 550 entries from Australia and internationally were received this year for Woollahra Council’s Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s leading award for small sculpture, including the first ever entries from Greece, Poland, Romania and Iran
Themes of climate change and environmental awareness highlighted through several mediums including bronze, glass and found objects have featured in this year’s entries – which were received from some of our best-known sculptors. Finalists include Ron Robertson-Swann, and Braddon Snape who are both regular contributors to Sculpture by the Sea; as well as other renowned artists including Rodney Pople, Stephen Bird, Huseyin Sami, Will Coles Ken Yonetani, Jonathon Jones and Nell. This year’s exhibition will also feature the work of Jack Bell from Aurkun in far north Queensland and Impiti Wilson from the remote South Australian community of Ernabella.
The winner will be announced on October 23 followed by a free public exhibition of the finalists at Woollahra’s historic Redleaf building, from October 24 to November 1. Running again this year in tandem with the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be an Environmental Schools Sculpture Prize.
Judges for this year are Neil and Diane Balnaves of the Balnaves Foundation, and Geoffrey Cassidy, Director of Artbank, who said “The standard of the entries made it obvious that the prize now attracts serious interest from senior artists working in three dimensions, as well as encouraging artists who are not normally sculptors to try their hand at something new. This made it extremely difficult to narrow the field of finalists to the required number – our not-so-short list came in at about 80! We wanted to ensure the final selection highlighted the range and originality of the entries – as well as stimulating discussion, and hopefully a little outrage, among the viewers.”

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize totals $13,000 across 3 categories:
·     The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: an acquisitive award of $10,000
·     The Special Commendation: a non-acquisitive award of $2,000
·     The Viewers’ Choice: a non-acquisitive award of $1,000

The Viewers’ Choice Award will be announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.

Opening: Friday October 23 at 6pm (by invitation only)
Winner and the Special Commendation Award announced
Woollahra Council’s historic Redleaf building, 536 New South Head Road , Double Bay .

Exhibition: 24 October to 1 November 2008 (9am – 5pm weekdays; 10am-4pm weekends)
Woollahra Council’s historic Redleaf building, 536 New South Head Road , Double Bay .
Free Entry

Artist Floor Talks: Saturday 24 October at 2pm
A selection of 2009 finalists will be conducting free community floor talks at the exhibition between 2 and 4pm. Free Entry. Bookings, 02 9391 7166
Kid’s Day Out: Sunday 1 November 10am-2.00pm. Free family cultural event featuring the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and Environmental Schools Sculpture Prize.

The 2009 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize receives generous support from the following Sponsors: John Symond, Sanchia Brahimi, Ashdel Properties Pty Limited, Lucy and Malcolm Turnbull, American Express, Megacolour and Hugonnet Design Associates.
Supporters: Wentworth Courier, Stoneleigh Wines, Pasta Pantry and Westfield Bondi Junction

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