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Macquarie Bank &
The National Gallery of Australia
National Sculpture Prize
& Exhibition

The National Gallery of Australia, Australia’s premier visual arts institution with a strong profile both at home and overseas, has joined Australia’s largest independent full-service investment bank to create the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition which is to be shown for the first time at the National Gallery in Canberra in November 2001.

The National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition has been established as a partnership between the National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie Bank Limited. Its aim is to promote and support sculpture in Australia and to recognise outstanding works.

The National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition is open to artists working across all forms of sculpture. Site-specific or outdoor works are not eligible for the competition in 2001, although may be considered for the Prize in future years.

From the entries received, a panel of judges will select a group of works for the exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, to be held from 30 November 2001 to 10 March 2002. The winning sculpture will be chosen by the judges from the works to be exhibited and announced at the opening of the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia on 29 November 2001.

Macquarie Bank Limited may also select works to be shown at its offices at the conclusion of the exhibition.

Prize and Acquisition of Works

A prize of $50,000 (GST exclusive) known as the National Sculpture Prize, will be awarded by the judges to the most outstanding sculpture submitted. The Prize is non-acquisitive, however all works submitted for competition must be available for purchase by the National Gallery of Australia or Macquarie Bank Limited, should they wish to do so, at the purchase price nominated on the entry form.

All artists preselected for exhibition will receive a contribution towards costs of $2,000 (GST exclusive).

Judges

Judges for both preselection and final judging will include representatives from the National Gallery of Australia, Macquarie Bank Limited and two external judges. For the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition in 2001 judges will be:

  • Dr Brian Kennedy, Director, National Gallery of Australia
  • Dr Deborah Hart, Senior Curator of Australian Painting and Sculpture, National Gallery of Australia
  • Mr Julian Beaumont, Chairman, Macquarie Bank Art Committee
  • Professor Ian Howard, artist and Dean of the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales
  • Mr Neil Dawson, New Zealand sculptor

Conditions of Entry

Eligible works

  • Artists are invited to enter up to four works. These may be either existing works or proposals for works.
  • Existing works must have been completed in the 12 months prior to 1 May 2001, the closing date for entries.
  • For the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition in 2001 works must be indoor and not site-specific.
  • Works may not weigh more than one tonne and must be able to be handled and exhibited safely within an art museum environment.
  • All entries must be the original work of the artist, and must be the property of the artist.

Who can enter

  • Artists must be Australian citizens or resident in Australia for the 12 months prior to 1 May 2001.
  • Employees of the National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie Bank Limited, and their immediate relatives, are not eligible to enter.

Entry Procedures

  • Entry is by means of the attached entry form.
  • One entry form must be submitted for each work. There is no entry fee.
  • Entries must be submitted by the artist, and third parties are not eligible to enter works on their behalf.
  • Entry forms for existing works should be accompanied by up to four 35mm slides, transparencies or photographs per work. All visual materials must be clearly marked with the artist's name and title of work.
  • For proposed works, artists are requested to include a short written description on the entry form, accompanied by up to four drawings or other images ( A4 or A3 folded - no rolled items), clearly marked with artist's name and title of work.
  • Artists are requested not to send electronically transmitted images, maquettes or three-dimensional models with their entry forms.

Closing date for entries

  • Entries must be received at the National Gallery of Australia by 1 May 2001. Late entries will not be accepted. Faxed or emailed entries will not be accepted.
  • The judges reserve the right to contact artists to request further information about works should this be necessary.

Selection of works for exhibition

  • Works by approximately ten artists will be selected for exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia and for final judging. The judges reserve the right to select more or less than ten artists. Artists will be notified of their selection for the exhibition in the week beginning 11 June 2001. Short-listed artists will also be announced in the media.
  • All exhibiting artists will receive a contribution towards costs of $2,000 (GST exclusive) within 30 days of announcement of preselection.
  • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Slides and other visual material for artists not selected for exhibition will be returned after preselection judging. It is the artist's responsibility to ensure that their correct postal address is included on the entry form.

Delivery of selected works

  • Works selected for exhibition must be delivered to the National Gallery of Australia in the week beginning 19 November 2001. All sculptures must be clearly marked with the artist's name and title of work.
  • Artists are responsible for the safe packing and transportation of their sculptures to and from the National Gallery of Australia.
  • Artists are responsible for maintaining their own insurance cover while works are in transit to and from the National Gallery of Australia.

Exhibition and final judging

  • The National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition will be open to the public at the National Gallery of Australia from 10.00am - 5.00pm daily, 30 November 2001 to 10 March 2002.
  • The winner of the Prize will be announced at the opening of the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition on 29 November 2001. All finalists will be invited to the opening function, and the winning artist is to be available for the media launch and prize presentation. Travel costs to the opening function will be provided for the winning artist.
  • Prize money will be paid within 30 days of the announcement of the winner.
  • The National Gallery of Australia will exercise all reasonable care with the entries submitted and will cover the entries for insurance on-site at the National Gallery of Australia.
  • The National Gallery of Australia reserves the right to withdraw a sculpture from the exhibition if it poses a threat to public safety or security, and in that instance will immediately notify the artist.

Acquisition of works

All works submitted for the Prize must be available for acquisition by the National Gallery of Australia or Macquarie Bank Limited if they so wish, at the purchase price nominated on the entry form.

Reproduction of works

Artists agree that images of their works which are selected for the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition may be reproduced on the National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie Bank Limited websites, and in the exhibition catalogue accompanying the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition in 2001. Works may also be reproduced in any media for non-commercial purposes associated with the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition, including publicity and advertising, review and research from the date of notification of preselection until the close of the exhibition. Any subsequent reproductions will be negotiated with the artist.

Display of works at Macquarie Bank Limited offices

Artists agree to make their works available for exhibition at Macquarie Bank Limited offices at the conclusion of the National Gallery of Australia exhibition for a period of no longer than six months, or as otherwise agreed between Macquarie Bank Limited and the artist. Macquarie Bank Limited will cover all costs associated with transport of works and insurance of works while in transit to and from the Bank and while on-site at Macquarie Bank Limited offices.

Return of works

Works not selected to be shown at Macquarie Bank Limited offices will be available for return within a fortnight of closure of the exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.

Works displayed at Macquarie Bank Limited offices will be returned at a mutually convenient time for the artist and Macquarie Bank Limited.

Contact

For further information please contact:

  • Elena Taylor
    Coordinating curator or
  • Beatrice Gralton
    Project officer

    National Gallery of Australia
    GPO Box 1150
    Canberra ACT 2601

    Phone: 02 6240 6680
    Fax: 02 6240 6529

    Email: Sculpture.prize@nga.gov.au

    For further information about Macquarie Bank Limited please visit the website at www.macquarie.com.au