The Honourable Gabrielle Upton, Attorney General, announced Johannes Pannekoek from Perth, West Australia as the recipient of the $60,000 Aqualand Sculpture Award for Change Ahead at the launch of the 20th annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi on 20 October, 2106.
The $60,000 acquisitive award is the most generous annual sculpture prize in Australia and provides a considerable boost to the artist’s career. The award-winning sculpture will be gifted to North Sydney Council for placement along the Sydney Harbour Foreshore.
Honourable Gabrielle Upton, also announced on behalf of NSW Premier Hon. Mike Baird that once the sculpture is installed, it will form part of Sydney’s latest outdoor sculpture showcase, The Sydney Harbour Sculpture Collection. NSW Premier Mike Baird congratulated the Sculpture by the Sea team on reaching a major milestone in 2016. “Sculpture by the Sea has been drawing crowds to this beautiful stretch of Sydney coastline for 20 years and has become a highly-anticipated annual event,” Mr. Baird said.
“It’s an iconic exhibition that continues to renew itself year after year, surprising and delighting audiences and enabling it to grow to become one of the world’s largest free sculpture exhibitions.
“I congratulate organisers for successfully captivating our imaginations for two decades, and wish them all the very best for the next 20 years.”
Aqualand Managing Director, Mr. Jin Lin said, “As Principal Sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Aqualand is delighted to continue the tradition of donating a $60,000 Sculpture Prize and we congratulate Johannes Pannekoek on this great achievement.
“At Aqualand, we encourage new ideas and innovative ways of thinking and doing, so, supporting this prestigious event is something we’re very proud of. We couldn’t be more pleased to be recognising the creativity of all artists exhibiting in 2016, and particularly Johannes for his winning sculpture. This sculpture will be gifted to North Sydney Council for permanent public display at the end of the exhibition, giving the people of Sydney and its visitor’s access to enjoy the artwork for years to come.”
“Thank you to everyone who has joined us on the Bondi coastal walk since 1997. Congratulations to Johannes on this award. The gifting of his sculpture for permanent public placement on Sydney Harbour at North Sydney is a great way to celebrate our 20th anniversary,” said Founding Director, David Handley. Johannes Pannekoek was chosen by this year’s judging panel:
– Carl Christian Aegidius, Private Collector, Denmark
– Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA, Emeritus Professor, Australian National University Canberra, Art Historian, Art Critic, Curator; and
– Denise Mimmocchi, Curator, Australian Art, AGNSW
Johannes Pannekoek was at Bondi this morning to receive the award for Change Ahead – the one tonne corten steel sculpture he drove across the country from his home in Gooseberry Hill, Perth for the exhibition. The huge sculpture is inspired by the non-linear nature of life. In his artist statement he says, “We live, we learn, we change.” The trip across the Nullarbor took four days and the sculpture is now installed on the grassland behind Tamarama Beach.
Johannes is a Western Australian artist and sculptor combining his skills in creative design, engineering and material finish. Whilst always being involved in artistic pursuits both personally and commercially, he worked in engineering for 25 years before devoting himself to his artistic ambitions full time. It is the first time he has been shown at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi although he has exhibited at Cottesloe four times previously.
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 2016 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 three artists selected for the 2016 Clitheroe Emerging Sculptor Mentorship Program are:
The recipient of the 2016 Wallace Arts Foundation New Zealand Sculptor Award of NZ$7,000 is Oliver Stretton-Pow (NZ) for his work Infrastructure 5.
The 2016 Allens People’s Choice Prize of $5,000, as voted by visitors of the exhibition was awarded to Gillie and Marc Schattner for their work, Buried Rhino.
The 2016 Waverley Council Mayor’s Prize of $5,000 is awarded to Lubomir Mikle (Slovakia) for his work I.H.W.M.A. (2014)
The 2016 Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation of $5,000 to exhibit in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2017 was awarded to both Harsha Vardhan Durugadda (INDIA) and Margarita Sampson (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. This year the subsidy was awarded to Michael Van Dam for his work Intervention (2014). 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.
As a significant sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea, UNSW provide a $5,000 subsidy to a UNSW alumni artist each year. The 2016 subsidy was awarded to Anne Levitch (NSW) for her work Reality TV.
The 2016 Kids’ Choice Prize of $3,000, donated by Rebel Penfold-Russell OAM, as voted by children visiting the exhibition was awarded to Gillie and Marc Schattner for their work, Buried Rhino.
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 Keizo Ushio for his work, 2016 B -5. See link below for previous recipients.
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
Anne-Marie Pedersen (Denmark)
Art Gallery Society of NSW Volunteer Taskforce Artist Subsidy of $4,000.
2015 Recipient: Zilvinas Kempinas (Lithuania / USA), for their work, kakashi
2014 Recipient: Alejandro Propato (Argentina), for his work, permanent sunrise
Western Australian Sculptor Association, Akio Makigawa Memorial Flight Subsidy