Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2018 finalists

The 2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize received 666 entries from Australia, India and the United Kingdom. The innovative submissions – freestanding sculptures of up to 80cm in any dimension – were judged by Australian arts administrator Michael Lynch AO CBE and Director of independent art advisory LoveArt, Amanda Love who decisively selected a blend of 48 emerging and established artists as this year’s finalists.

Images L to R: Mehwish Iqbal, Letters to My Mother; Lauren Brincat, The Music of Colour; Brendan Van Hek, the continual condition: positions taken; James and Eleanor Avery, Fabric #2

‘The 2018 Prize finalists are a microcosm exemplifying the diverse sculptural practice active in Australia and internationally today,’ remarks Love. ‘We have curated a shortlist of works that should provide a thought-provoking exhibition and brings together artists from a range of cultures, ages, mediums and career stages.’ Here’s a snippet of what to expect:

Queensland duo, James and Eleanor Avery, who have been collaborating on large-scale sculpture, installation and public art projects since 2004, have created Fabric #2 (2018), a cast composite sculpture that plays with the iconography of power, order and concepts of hazard and authority. Influenced by the Cosmati brothers’ opus sectile floors, the work has been cut, carved and recast in multiple materials to become a rhythmic negative and positive repeat form.

Delhi, India based artist Neeraj Gupta’s work, titled Drifter – III (2018), challenges what he suggests is the de-humanisation of art in a modern world of super-technology. Using pigment in white cement to create a stylised bust, Gupta seeks to reject art as information or reduction and return to art as emotion, harnessing its mysterious power of transcending history and horizontal time to allow his viewers to see things acutely.

Prize money this year totals $24,000 across four categories. The Prize categories are the main Acquisitive award of $20,000; a Special Commendation award of $2,000; the Viewers’ Choice award of $1,000; and the Mayors Award of $1,000.

Brendan Van Hek, The continual condition: positions taken, neon, acrylic paint, plywood, 35.5 x 60 x 40cm

The 2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize finalist artists are: Annabell Amagula (NT) Uri Auerbach (NSW) Lincoln Austin (QLD) James and Eleanor Avery (QLD) Karen Black (QLD) Tom Blake (NSW) Lauren Brincat (NSW) Bonita Bub (NSW) Alison Clouston (NSW) Steven Cybulka (SA) Karl de Waal (QLD) Paula Dunlop (QLD)  Jamie Edward (TAS) Shane Forrest (NSW) Danielle Freakley (VIC) Honor Freeman (SA) Rebecca Gallo (NSW) Mathieu Gallois (NSW) Amala Groom (NSW) Neeraj Gupta (INDIA) Lee Harrop (NT) Anna Horne (SA) Mehwish Iqbal (NSW) Robbie Karmel (NSW) Lucinda Kirkby (VIC) Jasper Knight (NSW) Matilda Kubany-Deane (NSW) Hannah Lees (VIC) Jess MacNeil (UK) Will Maguire (NSW) Rocket Mattler (NSW) Anne-Marie May (VIC) John Nicholson (NSW) Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (NSW) Kirsten Perry (VIC) Eloise Rankine (NSW) Tim Silver (NSW) Katie Stackhouse (VIC) Abdullah M I Syed (NSW) Julian Talarico (NSW) Sherna Teperson (NSW) Linda Davy and Tim Barrass (ACT) John Tuckwell (NSW) Brendan Van Hek (NSW) Craig Waddell (NSW) Fiona Watson (NSW) Min Wong (WA )Ken and Julia Yonetani (NSW).

The finalists’ exhibition is on view at the Woollahra Council in Sydney from 20 October to 11 November 2018. The winners will be announced at the launch of the exhibition on Friday 19 October with further details to be provided closer to the time. A series of Artists’ Talks and Community Workshops will be presented as part of the program.