Chosen by the exhibition’s Judging Panel, the Aqualand Sculpture Award is an acquisitive award with the sculpture to be gifted for permanent public exhibition to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust for the people of Sydney and visitors to our city to enjoy for years to come.
PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS OF THE MAJOR PRIZE AT SCULPTURE BY THE SEA
From 1997 – 2004 Sydney Water provided the main award at Sculpture by the Sea with the majority of the award winning works gifted to Campbelltown Arts Centre. In 2006 and 2007 NAB provided the major award with the works gifted to Orange Regional Gallery. From 2009 – 2012 the Balnaves Foundation provided the major award, with the works gifted to the Royal Botanic Gardens. From 2013 – 2015 Macquarie Group provided the major award with the works gifted to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust for placement at George’s Heights. The Aqualand Sculpture Award will be gifted each year from 2016 – 2018 for permanent public placement in Sydney.
In 2011, for the first time in 14 years, thanks to the incoming NSW Government, through Arts NSW, each artist received state funding towards their costs. This extremely important support, for 2011-15, is a minimum subsidy of $2,000 for each artist who does not otherwise earn this amount from exhibition sales or awards.
The Helen Lempriere Scholarships are the realisation of a bequest by the late Keith Wood, honouring his wife, Helen Lempriere. Helen Lempriere was one of Australia’s leading female artists in the mid-20th Century, attracting national and international acclaim for her painting, printmaking and sculpture. Sculpture by the Sea is proud to be managing in partnership with Perpetual, three scholarships of $30,000 cash that will be received by the awarded artists to assist with the advancement of their careers through study or research. As part of this year’s 20th anniversary celebrations, Perpetual, the managers of the Helen Lempriere Bequest, have made possible a fourth $30,000 Helen Lempriere Scholarship for Australian artists. The 2017 recipients are:
In 2016, this has been awarded to Ron Robertson-Swann OAM, for his work Valley of Pythagoras. As part of this program supported by Leonie & James Furber, the recipient receives $10,000 to contribute to their ongoing practice.
Thanks to the Minderoo Foundation, since 2013 we have underwritten each interstate and regional NSW artist’s transport costs. Transport is a significant cost for every artist and this support takes a lot of the pressure off the Australian artists who do not live in Sydney.
Thank you to Transfield Holdings for 12 years of sponsorship. Since 2011 Transfield’s sponsorship has covered the cost of the cranes and heavy equipment to install and remove the sculptures from the exhibition site, benefiting almost every artist in the exhibition. In previous years artists had to meet these costs themselves.
Every year since 2003 Sell & Parker has provided oxycut steel and scrap metal at no cost to as many as 20 artists in each exhibition. This is a considerable contribution to the material costs of the artists, enabling many of them to work on a scale they could not otherwise afford.
In 2006, the Clitheroe Foundation and Sculpture by the Sea established The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Sculptor Mentorship Program, awarding $10,000 each to 3 selected artists. The mentor program aims to encourage professional and meaningful fellowships between emerging sculptors and established practitioners. In benefit of Sculpture by the Sea‘s established organisational framework, the program facilitates a skills exchange between the emerging artists and their mentors and provides a forum for the professional and technical development of the emerging sculptors.
The artist selected for the 2017 Clitheroe Emerging Sculptor Mentorship Program
The recipient of the 2017 Wallace Arts Foundation New Zealand Sculptor Award of NZ$7,000 is Morgan Jones (NZ) for his work Trinity.
The 2017 Allens People’s Choice Prize of $5,000, as voted by visitors of the exhibition was awarded to April Pine (England/WA) for her work, Trip I, Trip II, Trip III and Marina Debris (USA/NSW) for her Inconvenience Store.
The 2017 Waverley Council Mayor’s Prize of $5,000 is awarded to Marina Debris (NSW) for her work ‘Inconvenience Store’
The 2016 Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation of $5,000 to exhibit in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2017 was awarded to
Karl De Waal, Lubomir Mikle and Harrie Fasher (NSW)
The Sydney Water Environmental Sculpture Subsidy of $5000 supports an artist whose work is associated with sustainability, conservation and/or for those artists who use water, wind, solar power and the natural elements in their sculptures. In 2017, the subsidy has been awarded to Marina Debris for their work Inconvenience Store. The work draws attention to the items washed up on the beach. Between 1997 and 2004, Sydney Water generously supported artists exhibiting in Sculpture by the Sea through provision of acquisitive works gifted to Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery.
In 2017, S.A. Adair (ACT) was awarded the Perrier-Jouët Sculptor Program Subsidy for her work Reverb, a site-specific installation that overlaid the natural landscape creating an impression of a ‘reverberation’ in the ground.
In its first year in 2016, the Perrier-Jouët Sculptor Award went to Lou Lambert for his work Boolaloo, which will travel and be exhibited as part of the Cottesloe exhibition in March 2017. The work was chosen as it reflected a strong link with nature, directly relating to the key philosophies of Perrier-Jouët.
The 2017 Kids’ Choice Prize of $3,000, donated by Rebel Penfold-Russell OAM, as voted by children visiting the exhibition was awarded to James Dive (NSW) for his work, What a Tasty Looking Burger.
The 2015 Art Gallery Society of NSW Prize of $5,000, donated by the Art Gallery of NSW, as chosen by Denise Mimmocchi, Curator of Australian Art, AGNSW was awarded to David Horton (NSW) for his work in pace (in peace) after Verrocchio’s Doubting Thomas.
The Aqualand Sculpture Inside Prize of $5,000 was awarded to Dale Miles for his work, 2017 Transformer Marquette. See link below for previous recipients.
In 2017, Major Partner Hyundai awarded Matthew Harding (VIC) the $5,000 Hyundai Award for Innovation for his work Indivisible.
The 2015 Waverley Council Parks Staff Prize, as voted by the Waverley Park Rangers was awarded to Gillie & Marc Schattner (NSW) for their work flying fish.
The 2015 Sculpture by the Sea Staff Choice Prize, as voted by Sculpture by the Sea staff members was awarded to Barbara Licha for her work listen time passes.
The Dick Bett Invitation for a Tasmanian artist of $5,000.
The Mostyn Family Foundation Artist Subsidy of $2,500
Thomas Lindvig (Denmark)
Art Gallery Society of NSW Volunteer Taskforce Artist Subsidy of $4,000.
2017 Recipient: Jane Gillings (NSW), for their work, Are We There Yet?
2015 Recipient: Zilvinas Kempinas (Lithuania / USA), for their work, kakashi
2014 Recipient: Alejandro Propato (Argentina), for his work, permanent sunrise
Parker’s Juices Emerging Artist Subsidy of $5,000
Britt Mikkelsen (WA)
Western Australian Sculptor Association, Akio Makigawa Memorial Flight Subsidy
An Emerging Artist Subsidy of $5,000 pledged by an anonymous donor, ‘From Scotland with Love’
Cui Yi (China)
The Howarth Foundation Artist Subsidy of $4,000
B. Jane Cowie (Singapore)