The 2014 Woollahra Sculpture Prize announces finalists

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize has announced the finalists for the 14th Annual Prize and Exhibition.  The innovative submissions of only 80cm in any direction, were selected by a judging panel comprised of Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah, former Director of Sotheby’s Australia, Justin Miller and philanthropist Gretel Packer. 

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The 44 emerging and established finalists were selected from a record number of 597 submissions this year, entering from Australia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Italy, further establishing the prize’s prestige on the international stage.

The full listing of finalists in the 2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is available here.

Lisa Havilah commented on the judging process stating “I am drawn to the ideas presented within the work and I also admire the technical ability of some of the work I have seen.”

Both Miller and Packer drew attention to the diverse range of entries, with Miller stating “The effort that artists go to is inspiring.  We have seen a great breadth of work – from the environmental theme to funny and technically beautiful.

Look forward to seeing Melbourne based artist Emily Floyd, who will present a meticulously crafted small sculpture titled Abstract Solar, 2014.  An architectural assemblage of handmade letters formed on stacked wooden blocks, Floyd spells out the cryptic title ‘Abstract Labour’.  This open-ended invitation is characteristic of Floyd’s interest in didactic art, asking the viewer to consider the energy of the sun and contingent material potential.

International artists include Milan based artist Guido Pigini, whose work titled D-WAR-F depicts a Gartenzwerg (garden dwarf) that originated in Germany in 19th Century.  Pigini explores themes of loss of social, economic and personal identity in a time where certainty has vanished.

The prize categories are the main Acquisitive award of $15 000, a Special Commendation award of $2000, the Viewers’ Choice award of $1000 and the new Mayors Award of $1000.

The exhibition will be on view from 18 October until 2 November at the Woollahra Council Chambers in Sydney.

EXHIBITION
 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 
18 October – 2 November
Woollahra Council Chambers

 

Image: Emily Floyd, Abstract Scholar, 2014, Peculiar Anness, Seraph, 2014; Sherrie Knipe, On the Verge, 2014
Courtesy the artists and the Woollahra Council

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