McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery announces award winners - Art Collector

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Melbourne-based artist Matthew Harding has been awarded the 2014 McClelland award for his work Void. The award is considered the premier biennial outdoor sculpture award in Australia with an impressive $100,000 prize.

During an artistic career spanning almost 30 years, Harding’s work has constantly revealed the importance of the natural environment to the artist. Working with different mediums, Harding is able to highlight the connections between nature and mathematics, drawing from his broad background in both the visual arts and construction industries.

Dr Liz Kreijn, a judge of the 2014 award, says: “Void is a monumental work that looks very light and fragile against the weight of the Australian bush … the work is beautifully made and artist Matthew Harding has found a way to evolve his style and form language and give it spiritual meaning.”

Sonia Payes has received the $30,000 McClelland Achievement Prize for her work Re:Generation. The prize also includes a solo exhibition during the McClelland Sculpture Survey in 2016.

Sculptures by all 33 finalists will be on display on an outdoor sculpture trail at the McClelland Sculpture Park in Langwarrin, Victoria until July 19 2015.

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Larissa Bricis

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