The $50,000 Rio Tinto Sculpture Award, the most generous award for sculpture in Western Australia, was announced today by Chris Salisbury, Chief Executive of Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore group, has been awarded to Harsha Vardhan Durugadda of India for his work ‘Column of Sound‘ at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe. Rio Tinto, our Principal Partner, is gifting ‘Column of Sound‘ for permanent public placement to the City of Busselton.
In 2016 the Western Australian Sculptor Scholarship of $10,000, donated by Gavin Bunning & Julienne Penny since 2013, was awarded to Denise Pepper from Bayswater, WA for Leaden Heart. The scholarship for travel, study and the advancement of the artist’s career includes an invitation to exhibit in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi.
All Western Australian artists with works appearing in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe are eligible.
The 2017 EY People’s Choice Prize of $5,000, as voted by visitors of the exhibition, was awarded to Lucy Humphrey for ‘Horizon’ .
The 2017 Rio Tinto Sculpture Inside Award of $5,000 can be received by any artist exhibiting in Sculpture Inside. The 2017 Sculpture Inside Award was awarded to Kozo Nishino from Japan for his work Sylth.
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The 2016 Kid’s Choice Prize of $2,000, donated by Rebel Penfold Russell OAM, Emys & Jasper, as voted by the children visiting the exhibition, was awarded to Lucy Humphrey for ‘Horizon’.
2017 Recipients: Zadok Ben-David (Israel and England) and Sir Tony Cragg RA (England)
2017 Recipient: Janine McAullay Bott (WA)
2017 Recipient: Hayley Bahr (WA)
2017 Recipient: Aliesha Mafrici (WA)
2017 Recipients: Ron Gomboc (WA); Aliesha Mafrici (WA); April Pine (WA); Benjamin Storch (Germany / VIC)
2017 recipient: Mikaela Castledine (WA) and Lou Lambert (WA)
2017 Recipient: Lucy Humphrey (NSW)
The Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation to exhibit in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017 was awarded to Milan Kuzica (Czech Republic) for his work Green Life.
The Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe 2017 Staff Pick was awarded to Alessandra Rossi for Untitled Coral (aqua).