Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is a national prize for free-standing sculptures of up to 80cm that draws dedicated support from artists, critics and collectors alike. This year the Prize has attracted 494 entries from Australia and other countries including New Zealand, India, Ireland, USA, UK, Ireland, Latvia and Japan

23 Oct 2012

A delicate glass piece measuring just 9mm x 5mm, called Time, by emerging Sydney based sculptor Jessica Tse, is the smallest ever sculpture to be shortlisted in the 12 year history of the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize.

Time by Jessica Tse

 Other finalists include leading artists Nigel Harrison, Rodney Pople, Ron Robertson-Swann and Titania Henderson.  Some of the found objects incorporated into the finalist’s works include a living bonsai entitled The Carbon Credit Machine by Thor Beowulf, Karleena Mitchell’s stack of books in Art Attack, Susanna Strati’s 1000 Memorialising Gestures with 1000 communion wafers and Sheena Dodd’s use of Tjanpi desert grass to create a delightful work, Tjulpu Uratja Kutjara or Two Waterbirds. 

Tjulpu Uratja Kutjara or Two Waterbirds by Sheena Dodd

The winner of the $10,000 Prize will be announced on Friday 26 October, followed by a free public exhibition showcasing the finalists which will run for two weeks from Saturday 27 October to Sunday 11 November.

Pebbles1 by Wona Bae

This year the Prize will be judged by arts patron Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM, Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW and Director of the Transfield Foundation.  Joining Guido Belgiorno-Nettis will be Natalie Wilson, Assistant Curator, Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Professor Janice Reid AM FASSA, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW.

The Boudoir by Kerry Cannon

According to Guido Belgiorno-Nettis, “The task of choosing finalists was a great pleasure but also challenging as theprize attracts so many talented artists working in a diverse range of materials. This year’s finalists are pushing boundaries in the size and the ideas behind their sculptures. We are sure that the works we have chosen will stimulate and entertain everyone who sees them.”

You Can Take it With You by Annie Herron

(top image is Aftermath by Lynda Draper)

An exhibition showcasing the finalists will run from 27 October to 11 November at the Woollahra Council Chambers.