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National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition 2005
15 July –- 9 October 2005

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One of Australia's most important prizes for contemporary art, the National Sculpture Prize 2005, is now open for entries.

Established in 2000 as a partnership between the National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie Bank, the National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition is considered the most significant showcase of contemporary Australian sculpture.

Many of Australia's most highly regarded artists, including Ken Unsworth, Julie Rrapp and Geoffrey Bartlett, have been previous finalists, while the prize has also given exposure to emerging artists such as Lionel Bawden, Linde Ivimey and Timothy Horn.

In addition, a number of works from the two previous prizes have been acquired for the National Gallery of Australia collection.

One of the most generous prizes for contemporary art, the National Sculpture Prize is non-acquisitive and awards $50 000 to the winning artist, with all finalists receiving a $2500 honorarium. The Macquarie Bank People's Choice Award of $4000 is also awarded to the most popular work in the exhibition.

Judges for the National Sculpture Prize will be:

Entries close on Thursday 11 November 2004 and the exhibition of finalists' works will be held at the National Gallery of Australia from 15 July until 9 October 2005.

The National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition is open to artists working in all areas of sculptural practice. For entry forms and details, go to nga.gov.au/SculpturePrize05, email Sculpture.Prize@nga.gov.au or phone 02 6240 6695.

Media contacts
Marketing@nga.gov.au
Jenny Blake + 61 2 6240 6700 or 0423 784 299
Alix Fiveash + 61 2 6240 6431

Macquarie Bank Foundation
Karen Boalch + 61 2 8232 7339

nga.gov.au/SculpturePrize05