Events

2018 Program

Get creative at our free talks, workshops and activities for curious kids and adults! The public program offered a diverse range of events including artist talks, guided tours and a number of family-friendly art workshops inspired by this year’s finalist works where participants transformed Merino wool into vessels and beautiful pieces of jewellery.

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2018 exhibition launch gallery


Brendan Van Hek's The continual condition: positions takenBrendan Van Hek, The continual condition: positions taken

Free exhibition of 2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalists

Saturday 20 October to Sunday 11 November
9am - 5pm weekdays, 10am - 4pm weekends
Woollahra Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Guided community tours: By appointment on sculpture@woollahra.nsw.gov.au or 9391 7135.

Professor Ian HowardProfessor Ian Howard

Finalists in conversation with Professor Ian Howard

2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize finalists join Professor Ian Howard for an afternoon of lively conversation about their practice and chosen works.

Finalists participating in this event include Uri Auerbach, Alison Clouston, Linda Davy and Tim Barras, Paula Dunlop, Jamie Edward, Shane Forrest, Mehwish Iqbal, Robbie Karmel, Tilly Kubany-Deane, Rocket Mattler, Anne-Marie May, Katie Stackhouse, Dr. Abdullah M.I. Syed, Craig Waddell and Julia Yonetani.

Ian Howard is an artist and professor at UNSW Australia, Faculty of Art and Design, Sydney. He was Dean of the College (COFA) from 1998 till 2013 and prior to that was Provost and Director of the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University in Brisbane. He trained in Sydney (Diploma of Art Education), London (Graduate Diploma of Advanced Studies, Film and Television) and Montreal (Master of Fine Arts).

Recorded highlights from the talks with be shared on sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au

When: Saturday 20 October, 2 - 4pm

Where: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Exhibition, Woollahra Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Free, bookings essential

For further information, email sculpture@woollahra.nsw.gov.au or call 9391 7135.

Ariella Friend

Sculpting our environment

Join eco-artist and designer Marina DeBris, famous for creating stunning fashion out of waste, as we explore how sculpture can be used to highlight environmental issues of threatened species in our surroundings. Make your own environmental sculptural piece and participate in the creation of a group community sculpture exploring this issue.

We encourage local Woollahra school students planning to enter the Woollahra Environmental Schools Sculpture Prize to come along to gain inspiration and continue working on their sculpture.

Materials provided. Suitable for the whole family.

When: Sunday 21 October, 1 - 3pm

Where: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Exhibition, Woollahra Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay.

Freebookings advised

For further information, email sculpture@woollahra.nsw.gov.au or call 9391 7135.

Alison Renwick

Grandparents Day at the WSSP

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is proud to celebrate NSW Grandparents -a day to acknowledge the role grandparents and older people play in our society – both the things they have done, and the things they keep doing. Join us in a day of intergenerational art appreciation that will feature:

  • Intergenerational art workshops – all ages
  • Adam Hills (Blak Douglas) indigenous art workshop
  • Sculpture prize finalists providing artist talks specifically tailored for the audience.
  • Grandparents/grandchildren portraitur(with Adam Long)
  • Self guided art appreciation booklets for families.

When: Sunday 28 October, 11am - 2pm

Where: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Exhibition, Woollahra Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay.

Free, bookings advised

For further information, email sculpture@woollahra.nsw.gov.au or call 9391 7135.

Environmental Schools Sculpture Prize

Environmental Schools Sculpture Prize - exhibition launch

Woollahra Council is showcasing the creative works of entrants in this year's Environmental Schools Sculpture Prize. The theme is Threatened Species in Woollahra. Come and see the talents, ideas and creativity of these local primary and high school students.

When: 29 October to 9 November (weekdays only), 8am - 4:30pm

Where: Woollahra Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Free, no bookings.

For further information, email sustainability@woollahra.nsw.gov.au or call 9391 7095.

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Drawing Sculpture with Siena White

A special drawing class that will be focus on drawing Small Sculpture Prize finalists works based on light.  The class will be conducted at the exhibition by Siena White and is suitable for all drawing abilities.

All materials provided.

When: Thursday 1 November, 6 - 8pm

Where: Customer Services area, Woollahra Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Free, bookings essential

For further information, email sculpture@woollahra.nsw.gov.au or call 9391 7135.

Simple Felt Vessels

Simple Felt Vessels

Learn how to mould soft, fluffy fibres into a flat shape and then transform it again into a beautiful 3D bowl . Choose from a wide variety of colours to make your bowl in Australian merino wool.

Be prepared to get your hands wet and soapy for the afternoon! Fibre artist Samantha Tannous will give you easy, step-by-step instructions and lots of guidance so you go home with a unique, hand made vessel of your own.

All materials provided. Suitable for the whole family.

When: Saturday 3 November, 1 - 3pm

Where: Customer Services area, Woollahra Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Free, bookings essential

For further information, email sculpture@woollahra.nsw.gov.au or call 9391 7135.

Ephemeral Art Workshop

Waste to Design

Nicole de Mestre creates an eclectic range of artistic works, all inspired by environmental concerns and linked through the use of recycled materials and found objects. Join her for a two hour workshop, to discover the art of random weave basket-making. Usually constructed from natural materials, instead you will create a small basket from recycled and found materials-wire, rope, fabric, flyscreen, whipper snipper cord, nets-all destined for landfill. Materials supplied, but bring along a bag of your own if you feel inclined. Suitable for the whole family.

We encourage local Woollahra school students planning to enter the Woollahra Environmental Schools Sculpture Prize to come along to gain inspiration and continue working on their sculpture.

Materials provided. Suitable for the whole family.

When: Sunday 4 November, 1 - 3pm

Where: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Exhibition, Woollahra Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Free, bookings essential

For further information, email sculpture@woollahra.nsw.gov.au or call 9391 7135.

Melissa Carey

Vivid vases and vessels

Sydney based arts and craft guru Gena Been will be hosting an all ages workshop learning to use air drying clay to making exciting homewares and wearable objects.

All materials provided.

When: Saturday 10 November, 1 - 3pm

Where: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Exhibition, Woollahra Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Free, bookings essential

Samantha Tannous

Elegant Felt Jewellery

Beads, cords, fringes, loops and toggles are just some of the amazing elements that can be made into felted jewellery. Join fibre artist Samantha Tannous to learn how to transform soft, fluffy merino fibres into fun and elegant wearable adornments. Take vibrant coloured fibre, a little soapy water and easy to follow instructions, and you will be going home with a beautiful item your friends will envy.

Materials provided and suitable for the whole family.

When: Sunday 11 November, 1 - 3pm

Where: The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Exhibition, Woollahra Council, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay

Free, bookings essential