$10,000 HIDDEN – Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Award Winner

The winner of the 10th HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk has been selected, with artist Rose Hawker, from St Kilda in Victoria, awarded the $10,000 prize for her work A Memorial to the Monument, consisting of a 13 small-scale bronze plinths, sculpted in different shapes, sizes and style.

A Memorial to the Monument aims to question traditional forms of monuments and memorialisation;

‘As we gain a greater understanding of how history changes the people, events and subjects we memorialise, we are looking for more appropriate ways to deal with memorialisation,’ commented Hawker. ‘I wonder if this shift in thinking with regards to public monuments will lead to a different way of thinking with regards to the more personal monuments we find in places such as Rookwood cemetery.’

Winner HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk 2018 – Rose Hawker, A Memorial to the Monument, bronze, dimensions variable

HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk is an outdoor sculptural exhibition that steps outside the notion of mainstream galleries and typical outdoor sculpture exhibitions to showcase Rookwood as Australia’s most multicultural site. HIDDEN was created as a platform for community engagement, and while still remaining respectful of its purpose and place, it aims to demystify some of the misconceptions surrounding cemeteries as dark or intimidating settings.

Each year, the exhibition invites artists to respond to the themes surrounding the Rookwood site, including history, culture, remembrance and love. This year, HIDDEN introduced new initiatives including Flickering Stone, a video and moving image competition, and an accessibility program, with an audio described video created to enable those who are blind or have low vision to access the exhibition.

The 10th HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture exhibition closed on 1 October 2018. It’s 2019 dates will be released soon.