The inaugural Rio Tinto Sculpture Prize of $50,000, the most generous award for sculpture in Western Australia was announced by Hon. John Day MLA, Minister for Planning, Culture and the Arts at the opening of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, to Dale Miles (NSW) for his sculpture Parallel Thinking Space. This acquisitive award will be gifted by Rio Tinto, the new Principal Sponsor of the exhibition, for permanent public placement in Western Australia.
Founding Director, David Handley said, “for Dale, this represents a career enhancing opportunity for one of the leading artists in their 30’s in Australia.”
The award was selected by a judging panel of leading figures in the visual arts:
Rio Tinto chief executive Iron Ore, Australia, China and Korea Andrew Harding said “Rio Tinto is proud to support Sculpture by the Sea in our 50th anniversary year, ensuring this wonderful exhibition, showcasing highly regarded artists, continues to be enjoyed by the Western Australian community and visitors to our State. Congratulations to Dale Miles for receiving the Rio Tinto Sculpture Prize for your thought provoking sculpture Parallel Thinking Space.”