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Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 20th Anniversary

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27 September 2021
New Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf to open 4 November (PDF)
Much-loved 1897 Double Bay heritage building overlooking Blackburn Gardens and Sydney Harbour has been restored and reinvented as a contemporary public art gallery. The winner of the 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be announced at the inaugural exhibition opening.

20th Anniversary
Images (left to right): Kate Howard, Remnants; St Brigid’s building pre-renovation, James Horan, 2019 and Stuart McLachlan, Cardinal Sins.

Sydney, Australia: Sydney’s newest public art gallery, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will open to the public on Thursday 4 November 2021, housed within the architecturally reworked 122-year-old St Brigid’s building overlooking Sydney Harbour in Double Bay. The gallery's revised opening date follows the NSW Government’s announcement that museums and galleries will be permitted to reopen after the state passes the 70 per cent double vaccination target, and will comply with public health requirements.

Launching with an inaugural exhibition featuring the finalists of the 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will be the heart of a new cultural precinct, including the Council Chambers built in 1863, the picturesque Blackburn Gardens, Murray Rose Pool, Redleaf Beach and kiosk, presenting a year-round program of contemporary art exhibitions, artist residencies and public programs.

The winner of the 20th Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be announced on Wednesday 3 November 2021, at a Covid-safe unveiling of the new gallery and virtual presentation. From Thursday 4 November, the Prize’s finalist exhibition will feature 52 works - each measuring up to 80cm in any dimension - by artists from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom alongside the Council’s collection of 19 previous winning works from the Prize. This year’s finalist sculptures were selected from a record 844 entries by a judging panel, comprised of Director Curatorial and Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Dr Lara Strongman, Art Historian, Curator and Industrial Archaeologist Joanna Capon OAM and celebrated artist and fashion designer Jenny Kee AO.

Cr Susan Wynne, Mayor of Woollahra, said: ‘Woollahra has a well-established connection to the arts which includes the much-loved Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s pre-eminent award for small sculpture. Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will be an artistic hub where people can connect with art through exhibitions, residencies, workshops and public programs. We are excited to open the doors to this fantastic new public gallery for the community to enjoy.’

The exhibition program for Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will be led by respected curator Sebastian Goldspink in his role as Gallery Coordinator. A proud descendant of the Burramattagal people of Western Sydney, Sebastian is also the curator of the 2022 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art and was a co-founder of ALASKA Projects in Kings Cross.

‘It’s an honour to be involved in the launch of this new gallery and to be returning to work in the building that I learnt to read in as a child in its former use as the Double Bay Library. It was a special place for myself, and many people who grew up in the area. I have a definitive connection with the building and the local community it has always supported. I look forward to working closely with artists, curators and the team to deliver a dynamic and accessible art space that showcases the deep love and history of art in the East. A place that fosters opportunities for artists to generate new creative memories for future generations,’ said Sebastian Goldspink, Gallery Coordinator, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf.

The heritage building that houses the new Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf has been restored and reinvented by Tanner Kibble Denton Architects to create four high calibre exhibition spaces while keeping all of the original details including crown moulding, arched windows and original wooden flooring. Spread across two levels, the gallery will also include spaces for community activity and for digital and new media art practice, including a podcast room.

The downstairs cultural hub situated below the gallery will become the new home for the established Woollahra Artist in Residence Program. The program provides rent-free, non-residential unfurnished studios for artists to work in. The first round of artist residencies will feature artists Susan Baird, Penelope Cain, Rox De Luca, Wendy Yu and Sharon Billinge. The cultural hub will run selected Council-led cultural and creative programs available for the community to visit or hire for use.

The gallery will be run by Woollahra Council with a focus on an annual exhibition calendar presenting a diverse range of artists, from emerging to established, procured and programmed through a yearly expressions of interest call out. The exhibition calendar will be bolstered with travelling exhibitions and partnerships as well as the Council’s existing program including the celebrated annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize exhibition.

Woollahra is recognised as the home of many of Australia's most acclaimed artists, authors and filmmakers, including poet Banjo Patterson, Nobel Prize winning author Patrick White, iconic opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland as well as internationally recognised visual artists Charles Blackman, Russell Drysdale, Fairlie Kingston, Margaret Olley, Lloyd Rees and Martin Sharp. The area also has one of the highest concentrations of commercial galleries in any local government area in Australia. Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf will support many non-commercially represented artists.

Built in 1897, the Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf building, known as St Brigid’s has a rich and extraordinary history. Over its lifetime, it has been home to many important local families, the headquarters for the Royal Commission on Espionage and a community gathering place as the Woollahra Arts Centre when Woollahra Council bought it in the 1950s. It was most recently the treasured Double Bay Library, before its relocation to Kiaora Place.

Further information on programming and opening activity will be provided in coming weeks. The Gallery will adhere to strict COVID-Safe guidelines in line with the NSW Government's Public Health Order and ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

MEDIA CONTACT: To request interviews, imagery and information in relation to the Prize and Gallery, please contact Articulate: Kym Elphinstone, kym@articulatepr.com.au, 0421 106 139 or Sasha Haughan, sasha@articulatepr.com.au, 0405 006 035.

1 May 2020
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2020 judges (PDF)

2019 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

List of winners

2019 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize ($20,000 acquisitive award)
Merran Esson, Autumn On The Monaro

Special Commendation Award ($2,000 non-acquisitive award) and Viewers' Choice Award ($1,000 non-acquisitive award)
Benjamin Jay Shand, Array 3

Highly Commended
Jessica Leitmanis, Spouts from which to drink, circa 200 C.E.
Kieta Jackson, Braggadocio 1, 2018

Mayor's Award ($1,000 non-acquisitive award)
Jane Price, Clouds

Plinth Prize
Erica Izard, Homage to Grief

View all 43 finalists

Media releases

11 October 2019
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2019 Winner announced (PDF)

26 September 2019
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces diverse program of free events (PDF)

14 August 2019
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2019 finalists (PDF)

1 April 2019
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2019 judges (PDF)

2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

List of winners

2018 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize ($20,000 acquisitive award)
Tim Silver, Untitled (When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd 02)

Special Commendation Award ($2,000 non-acquisitive award)
Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Pointy Gold Head

Special Mention
Danielle Freakley, Be My Friend

Mayor's Award ($1,000 non-acquisitive award)
Lucinda Kirkby, Genet Yellow Porcelain

Plinth Prize
Tilly Kubany-Deane, Untitled (Milieu Trepidation)

Viewers' Choice Award ($1,000 non-acquisitive award)
Jess MacNeil, Threshold

View all 48 finalists

Media releases

19 October 2018
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2018 Winner (PDF)

2 August 2018
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2018 finalists (PDF)

23 May 2018
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2018 judges (PDF)

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2018: Small is beautiful:

2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

List of winners

2017 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize ($20,000 acquisitive award)
Sanné Mestrom, Self Portrait (Sleeping Muse)

Special Commendation Award ($2,000 non-acquisitive award)
Madeleine Preston, Smoker Series - After Guston

Mayor's Award ($1,000 non-acquisitive award)
Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Black Dog

Viewers' Choice Award ($1,000 non-acquisitive award) and Plinth Prize
Sergio Hernandez, Impotence

View all finalists' works

Media releases

13 October 2017
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize presented to Melbourne artist (PDF)

2 August 2017
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2017 finalists (PDF)

Video of the 2017 judging process with Djon Mundine OAM, Alexie Glass-Kantor and Roslyn Oxley OAM:

26 April 2017
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2017 judges and increased prize money (PDF)

2016 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

List of winners

2016 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize ($15,000 acquisitive award)
Todd Robinson, Psychic Staircase

Special Commendation Award ($2,000 non-acquisitive award)
Stephen Bird, Saturn eating a man's leg

Mayor's Award ($1,000 non-acquisitive award)
Tetsuro Yamasaki, Morph ◇ ⇨ ○ (Morph No. 6)

Yeldham Family Commendation Award ($1,000 non-acquisitive award)
Daniel Templeman, Missing Corners 2015 edition of 3 + 2AP

Highly Commended
Glenda Kent, bared
Andrew Southall, untitled

Plinth Prize
Yioryios, SOH - Black, Chromium Oxide Green, Ultramarine Blue & Pink

Viewers' Choice Award ($1,000 non-acquisitive award)
Emma Coulter, construction #7 (Shifting Test Patterns)

View all finalists' works

Media releases

14 October 2016
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize presented to Sydney artist (PDF)

18 July 2016
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2016 finalists (PDF)

30 March 2016
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2016 guest judges Wendy Whiteley, Barry Keldoulis & Rhonda Davis (PDF)

2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

List of winners

2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize ($15,000 acquisitive award)
Robert Owen, Symmetria #37

Special Commendation Award ($2,000 non-acquisitive award)
Rocket Mattler, Shim

Mayor's Award ($1,000 non-acquisitive award)
Glen Clarke, Proposed Monument for Continuing Sustainability #010

Highly Commended
Hwanhee Kim, Diameter 9 (3:2 series)
Kathy Temin, Orange Cube

Plinth Prize
Huseyin Sami, Untitled (Long Stack)

Beowulf Award ($1,000 non-acquisitive award)
Kendal Murray, Game, Claim, Exclaim!

Special Mention
Matt Dabrowski and the Many Hands of Glamour, The Milk of Stormtroopers

Viewers' Choice Award ($1,000 non-acquisitive award)
Eli Braga, MYRIAD

Media releases

9 October 2015
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize presented to senior Australian artist Robert Owen (PDF)

27 July 2015
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2015 finalists (PDF)

1 April 2015
15th annual Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2015 guest judges and call for entries (PDF)

2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

List of winners

Acquisitive award of $15,000
Natalie Guy, Form for modern living #2

Special Commendation, non-acquisitive award of $2,000
Peter Cooley, Cassowary No. 7

The Mayor's Award, non-acquisitive award of $1,000
Ben Young, Fjord

Highly Commended
Gunjan Aylawadi, Ritim
Merran Esson, Euriowie Cliff
Mee-Sun Kim Park, Being
Morgan Shimeld, Triplex
Abdullah M. I. Syed, Money-scape I

Plinth Prize
Micaldo Combriani, Kinetic MC#1

Viewers' Choice, non-acquisitive award of $1,000
Ben Young, Fjord

Media releases

17 October 2014
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize presented to international artist for first time - New Zealand artist Natalie Guy awarded $15,000 acquisitive prize (PDF)

11 August 2014
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2014 finalists - 14th year of award attracts record number of entries and international submissions (PDF)

24 April 2014
Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces 2014 judges and significant increase in prize money (PDF)