Six finalists have been announced in one of Australia’s most esteemed sculpture prizes, including architecture collective Sibling.
With a value of $60,000, the triennial Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture focuses on the importance of sculpture, in all forms, in enriching public life. This focus on public art and how it interacts with the urban environment has been a driving factor behind the program, which has been running for 13 years.
This year’s finalists are:
– Sarah crowEST
– Laresa Kosloff
– Bridie Lunney
– Sibling Architecture
– Daniel von Sturmer
– Susan Jacobs
Having received a wide range of entries into the 2017 prize, the judges expressed that it was a rewarding but challenging process to narrow it down.
“The overall brief was very well understood, with entries testing and engaging with the urban environment. The selection of artists explore the continuing expansion of the term ‘urban sculpture’ into a variety of forms, disciplines and communities and are indicative of what is happening in contemporary sculptural practice at this time in the state of Victoria.
“From poetic and unexpected material investigations to works that employ light, sound, architecture and performance to both articulate and alter the way we encounter public space, the range of practices chosen are compelling responses to our increasingly complex world,” the jury stated.
The winner of the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2017 will receive $60,000 made possible by The Vera Moore Foundation, The Tallis Foundation and the Melbourne Prize Trust. All six finalists will also be awarded an artist fee of $4,000, generously supported by C H (Roger) Brookes.
The 2017 judges include six esteemed arts sector professionals:
– Max Delany – artistic director & CEO, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, ACCA,
– Victoria Lynn – director, TarraWarra Museum of Art,
– Professor Callum Morton – artist and head of fine art, Monash University Art Design and Architecture, MADA,
– Professor Marie Sierra – artist and deputy dean and head of School UNSW Australia, Art and Design,
– Simone Slee – artist and head of sculpture and spatial practice, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne, and,
– Pip Wallis – curator, contemporary art, National Gallery of Victoria.
Lead image, ON/OFF exhibition by Sibling Architecture, 2013, photo by Tobias Titz.
Images shown do not indicate artwork or proposals for the prize, only previous work by the artist.
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