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Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2017 finalists

BY Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize | 24-Aug-2017
Sydney, Australia: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent national award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, has announced 47 finalists for the 2017 Prize, selected from 675 entries, the second highest number of entries in prize history. The finalists have been selected by 2017 guest judges – curator, writer, artist, activist and first Indigenous judge for the Prize Djon Mundine, OAM, Executive Director, Artspace, Sydney and Curator, Encounters, Art Basel | Hong Kong Alexie Glass-Kantor, and gallerist and benefactor Roslyn Oxley, OAM. The judges found the finalists works showed innovation and diversity in their take on an original, freestanding sculpture measuring up to 80cm in any dimension. Learn more about the finalists and the upcoming exhibition of their works by following @woollahrasmallsculptureprize on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter #wssp17
Venue: Woollahra Council Chambers
Address: Woollahra Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay, Sydney, NSW 2028
Date: Saturday 14 October - Sunday 5 November 2017
Time: 9am - 5pm weekdays, 10am - 4pm weekends
Ticket: Free
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Djon Mundine, OAM said: “We’re in an age where there are so many gigantic artworks, so many gigantic projections, that it’s really good for something that focuses on ‘the god of small things’. I was very honoured to be invited into this specialised project as one of the judges.”

Alexie Glass Kantor said: “The Prize has a tremendous legacy of supporting a level of extraordinary ambition and an absolute breadth of practices in and around the realm of sculpture. It’s a real privilege to be a judge in this kind of award. You understand that artists are producing extraordinary works in the field of sculpture and you want to do an honour to these artists. We’ve had a lot of interesting debate selecting this year’s finalists, which is really important because if art doesn’t prompt debate what does it do?”

Roslyn Oxley, OAM said: “It’s dynamic, people come, people love it, it’s something to see and exposes you to new and exciting young artists. Judging is quite interesting and it’s been interesting to see all the different materials this year’s entries have used. Having been in the industry for 35 years, it’s always exciting to see new, original works as a judge. Especially for the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, as it has cultivated some of Australia’s best contemporary artists.”

This year’s finalists include well-known artists such as winner of the 2009 Archibald Prize Guy Maestri, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Louis Pratt, Rodney Pople and Tracey Deep who will be exhibited alongside emerging artists. Works spanned a range of materials including stone, ceramic, paper, thread, wire, metal, resin and electronic detritus. The works address political, social, personal and playful themes and show a high standard.

The 2017 finalist artists are: NOT (NSW); Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA); Sally Blake (ACT); Lauren Brincat (NSW); Angela Butler (NSW); Penny Byrne (VIC); Peter Cooley (NSW); Selena de Carvalho (TAS); Tracey Deep (NSW); Mariana del Castillo (NSW); Lynda Draper (NSW); Mark Dubner (NSW); Merran Esson (NSW); Emma Fielden (NSW); Stevie Fieldsend (NSW); Trevor Fry (NSW); Natalie Guy (NZ); Lizzie Hall (NSW); David Hamilton (TAS); Michael Harrell (NSW); Tevita Havea (NSW); Sergio Hernandez (NSW); Bianca Hester (NSW); Alison Hill (QLD); Phil James (NSW); Michelle Kirk (NSW); Mike Kitching (NSW); Rene Kulitja (NT); Claire Lambe (VIC); Guy Maestri (NSW); Sanné Mestrom (VIC); Dan Moynihan (VIC); John Nicholson (NSW); Karin Olah (NSW); Kenny Pittock (VIC); Rodney Pople (NSW); Louis Pratt (NSW); Madeleine Preston (NSW); Julia Robinson (SA); Giles Ryder (VIC); Huseyin Sami (NSW); Michael Snape (NSW); Andrew Southall (VIC); Abdullah Syed M I (NSW); Richard Tipping (NSW); Mark Titmarsh (NSW); Peter Vandermark (ACT).

The Prize attracts a diverse range of professional and emerging sculptors from around the world with a total of $24,000 in prize money awarded to winning artists across four categories. The Prize categories are the main acquisitive award, increased this year from $15,000 to $20,000; a Special Commendation award of $2,000; the Viewers’ Choice award of $1,000; and the Mayors Prize of $1,000.

A free exhibition of finalist’s art works for the 17th annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be presented this year for an increased period of three weeks, from 14 October until 5 November 2017 at Woollahra Council in Sydney. The winners will be announced on 13 October 2017.

Mayor of Woollahra, Councillor Toni Zeltzer said the Prize provides an ideal opportunity for new and emerging artists, as well as established sculptors, to showcase their talent. “The Prize is an opportunity for us to enjoy and acknowledge the creative talents of artists living in our local community and abroad,” the Mayor said.

Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize attracts strong support from artists, collectors and critics and is the first national acquisitive prize showcasing quality and diversity of smaller dimension sculptures. Previous winners of the Prize include Todd Robinson (2016), Robert Owen (2015), Julia DeVille (2013), Mikala Dwyer (2003), Louis Pratt (2006), Adam Cullen (2008), Alexander Seton (2009), Archie Moore (2010) and Thor Beowulf (2012).

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is hosted by Woollahra Council to provide free public access to sculpture and to support, promote and celebrate artistic excellence.

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize receives generous support from Principal Sponsor Mark Moran Vaucluse and Gold Sponsors John Symond AM, Belle Property Group Double Bay and Scott Farquhar and Kim Jackson.