Woollahra small size sculpture prize announces 2015 finalists - Art Collector

Stephen Bird, Figure of self reflection, detail, clay, pigment and glaze. 71 x 35 x 38 cm. Courtesy: Olsen Irwin Gallery, 2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize finalist

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize has announced its 43 finalists for the 2015 prize, from a total of 701 entries.

Art advisor and curator Barbara Flynn and collector and philanthropist Penelope Seidler AM selected the finalist works, which are said to show innovation and diversity in their take on an original, freestanding sculpture. Michael Brand, director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, will be the third judge determining the winner’s selection in October.

Finalists for this year’s prize include established artists Guan Wei, Robert Owen, John Nicholson, Kathy Temin and Stephen Bird, who will exhibit alongside selected emerging artists.

Selected works span a range of mediums, including taxidermy, folded paper works, found objects and traditional woven sculptures created by Tjanpi Desert Weavers. link to Art Cenre guide page*.

Of the finalists, judge Barbara Flynn says: “We found the artists to be more inventive with their use of alternative materials, with a transfer of materials from the veryday to art. Penelope Seidler adds: “The standard of finalists is highly creative and shows an intriguing use of materials with a wide range of concepts explored. “

The award, worth $19,000 across four categories (main acquisitive, special commendation, viewers choice and mayors prize) will be exhibited from 10 October to 25 October 2015 at Woollahra Council Chambers in Sydney. Winners will be announced on 9 October 2015.

here to view full finalist list.

Emily Cones-Browne

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