Helen Lempriere Recipients Announced

Posted: August 23, 2018 / News

For Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018, we are pleased to announce the three recipients of the Helen Lempriere Scholarships – Hossein Valamanesh (SA) – senior artist, Kevin Draper (WA) – mid-career artist, and Britt Mikkelsen (WA) – emerging artist. Each recipient receives a $30,000 scholarship to further their careers.

Senior Sculptor: Hossein Valamanesh, Adelaide, SA

Mid-Career Sculptor: Kevin Draper, Fremantle, WA

Emerging Sculptor: Britt Mikkelsen, Perth, WA

Managed by Perpetual, The Helen Lempriere Scholarships are designed to enable practitioners to further their artistic development through travel, study and the purchase of important new equipment while supporting their inclusion in the upcoming Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi from 18 October – 4 November 2018.

Speaking to The Australian recently about his upcoming work for the Bondi exhibition, Valamanesh referenced the carpet, a recurring theme in his work, taking on new meanings when facing the sea. “It’s like a foreign object,” he said. “It may have washed in from the sea to the shore and crept up to the benches — a bit like migrants.”

At Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018, as well as the carpets, Valamanesh will distribute postcards featuring words in Farsi by Persian poet Rumi, whose writing Valamanesh has carried with him for years. “On the back, I will say if you want to know what it means then you should find someone who speaks the language,” he says. “It’s a nice way of trying to share this thing without telling them what it is. And if they don’t care then that’s fine too.”

Hossein Valamanesh and Britt Mikkelsen will be speaking at the Sydney Sculpture Conference,  Sydney Opera House, Monday 5 November 2018.  Tickets to the conference are still available.


Or phone Sydney Opera House Box Office: +61 2 9250 7777


  past recipients of The Helen Lempriere Scholarship   


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