There are few things harder in the arts world than creating breathtaking sculptures on a small-scale. From the painstaking attention to detail, right through to the execution – every minute facet of the piece has to be perfect.
In recognition of prodigious talent evident in this discipline, The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has recently announced 44 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 14thannual Prize and exhibition.
Having received a record number of entrants for this years competition from around the globe including; Hong Kong, USA, the United Kingdom, Italy and, of course, Australia – the quality and quantity of entrants demonstrates how this award has, in the last few years, developed an international reputation.
The criteria for entries was to create a freestanding sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension, whilst the finalists were chosen from the some 597 entries. Each was meticulously considered by an esteemed judging panel comprised of Carriageworks Director Lisa Havilah, former Director of Sotheby’s Australia, Justin Miller and philanthropist Gretel Packer.
Whilst inevitably art is a labour of love – love alone won’t pay the bills or put food on the table. Therefore the prize money has increased this year, in line with the growing popularity of the competition, to a total of $19,000 across four categories, which – are the main Acquisitive award of $15,000; a Special Commendation award of $2,000; the Viewers’ Choice award of $1,000; and the new Mayors Award of $1,000.
A full list of the finalists can be found on the competition web page (http://sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/) and their works will be displayed at the Woollahra Municpal Council head office near Double Bay from October 18 – 2 November, after which time the winners will be chosen.