The National Gallery of Australia
National Sculpture Prize & Exhibition
The National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie Bank are delighted to
announce the 31 artists shortlisted for the inaugural National Sculpture
Prize and Exhibition.
These artists include some of Australia's best-known and respected sculptors
as well as many new talents. The Exhibition will be held at the National
Gallery of Australia from 30 November 2001 to 10 March 2002 and will showcase
the diversity and strength of contemporary sculpture in Australia.
The winning sculpture will be chosen from the works exhibited and announced
on 29 November 2001. The winning artist will receive $50,000, and all
artists shortlisted for the Exhibition will receive $2,000, making the
National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition one of the most generous art prizes
The National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition has been established as a
partnership between the National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie Bank
to promote and support sculpture in Australia.
Artists were invited to enter up to four works each: either works created
within the last year or proposals for new works. The National Gallery
of Australia and Macquarie Bank have been delighted with the enthusiastic
response to the prize, with close to 500 artists submitting entries.
Judges for the Prize in 2001 are 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 and Mr Neil Dawson,
New Zealand sculptor.
For further information please email Sculpture.Prize@nga.gov.au
Elena Taylor, Coordinating
Curator, National Gallery of Australia, phone +61 2 6240 6635
Helen Power, Public Affairs,
National Gallery of Australia, phone +61 2 6240 6431
Lisa Jamieson, Macquarie Bank, phone +61 2 8232 6016
- Geoffrey Bartlett (b.1952), Victoria
- Lionel Bawden (b.1974), New South Wales
- Janet Burchill (b.1955) & Jennifer McCamley (b.1957), Victoria
- Kristian Burford (b.1974), currently living overseas
- Matt Calvert (b.1969), Tasmania
- Peter Cole (b. 1946), Victoria
- Kevin Connor (b.1932), New South Wales
- Sebastian Di Mauro (b.1955), Queensland
- Ruth Downes (b.1954), New South Wales
- Fred Fisher (b.1945), Tasmania
- Mathieu Gallois (b. 1969), New South Wales
- Richard Goodwin (b. 1953), New South Wales
- Timothy Horn (b.1964), ACT
- Linde Ivimey (b. 1965), Victoria
- David Jensz (b.1957), New South Wales
- Gunther Kopietz (b.1963), Victoria
- Pamela Kouwenhoven (b. 1944), South Australia
- Richie Kuhaupt (b. 1960), & Geoffrey Drake-Brockman (b. 1964),
- Liu Xiao Xian (b. 1963), New South Wales
- Donna Marcus (b.1960), Queensland
- Bronwyn Oliver (b. 1959), New South Wales
- Louise Paramor (b. 1964), Western Australia
- Rosslynd Piggott (b. 1958), Victoria
- Ari Purhonen (b. 1953), New South Wales
- Neil Roberts (b. 1954), New South Wales
- Sarah Robson (b. 1963), New South Wales
- Heather B. Swann (b. 1961), Tasmania
- Ken Unsworth (b. 1931), New South Wales
- Richard Whiteley (b. 1963), New South Wales
- Ah Xian (b. 1960), New South Wales
- Lena Yarinkura (b. 1948), Northern Territory
Mr Neil Dawson, New Zealand sculptor
I am delighted to be involved with the first National Sculpture Prize
and Exhibition. It has been a great opportunity to get in touch with what
is happening in sculpture all over Australia.
I was impressed by the number and quality of the entries, confirming
that a revival of interest in sculpture is occurring on both sides of
the Tasman. Assessing the entries has been a challenging and enjoyable
collaborative task and I think we will have an exhibition that reflects
the diversity and range of sculpture practice in Australia.
The National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie Bank are to be congratulated
on this exciting new initiative.
Professor Ian Howard, artist and Dean of the College of Fine Arts,
University of New South Wales
The response, in terms of quality and quantity of applications was staggering,
providing the judges with the rich experience of viewing such a range
of work but also the logistical challenge of viewing each submission,
and taking care to bring the most appropriate and exciting works forward
to the exhibition stage.
The panel of judges felt eminently well suited to the task, with expertise
ranging across hands on sculptural practice, extensive curatorial expertise,
Australian and international art historical knowledge and major corporate
sculpture collecting experience.
The vast number of sculptors submitting quality entries, the range, scale
and diversity of the work and the energy and ambition of many of the proposals,
indicates that sculpture is very much alive and well in Australia.
Most entries, and consequently the majority of works selected for the
exhibition, were 'object' based sculptures and to some extent the competition
description encouraged the showcasing of this category of work. Equally,
future National Sculpture Prizes may be exhibited in settings both indoor
and outdoor that complement other more site or environment specific works.
Selecting approximately 40 sculptures out of more than one thousand works
entered was a daunting task and without question not all exceptional works
have been able to be included. Available space simply wouldn't allow this.
The final choice showcases the brilliance of individual artists and their
works but also demonstrates the range, diversity and depth of Australian
sculptural practice today.
Mr Julian Beaumount, Chairman, Macquarie Bank Art Commitee
This is a really exciting project. I am in awe of so many aspects of
The vast number of outstanding entries, from which sadly we have had
to choose only a few, demonstrates the excellence and richness of Australian
I've been particularly impressed with the diversity of the selected works
- diversity of scale; diversity of media, including new media and the
inventive use of traditional media; diversity of composition and interpretation;
and the range of experience and age of the finalists - it is so exciting
to see some younger Australian Sculptors in this exhibition, vying for
the prize with better known artists.
Dr Brian Kennedy, Director, National Gallery of Australia
The exhibition of selected entries, opening on 30 November 2001, will
be a most exciting one, exploring the range of possibilities encompassed
by sculpture in Australia today, and offering delight and visual stimulation.
We have no doubt that the National Sculpture Prize is set to become a
major exhibition on Australia's cultural calendar.
Dr Deborah Hart, Senior Curator of Australian Painting and Sculpture,
National Gallery of Australia
I very much enjoyed the process of looking at the diverse range of applications
for the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition. One of the considerations
for the judges was to shape an exhibition that would be lively and provide
an interesting take on the nature of sculpture in Australia today.
Like all the judges, I felt that we could have chosen several different
exhibitions. Overall while the sculptures in the show are object-based,
we were impressed by the imaginative use of a wide range of materials.
Above all what stands out is the breadth and exceptional inventiveness
of sculpture in Australia today. We are grateful for Macquarie Bank's
support of this Prize because it has already opened up many possibilities
for us now and in the future.