2015 Exhibition Archive
Thirty three international and Australian artists transformed Scenic World’s natural Jurassic rainforest in the Blue Mountains with world-class sculptures for Sculpture at Scenic World, which exhibited from April 15 – May 10, 2015.
In its fourth year, the exhibition featured international artists from Germany, Finland, New Zealand, The Netherlands and Japan, alongside Australian artists from Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales, including five Blue Mountains’ artists.
Irene Anton – Germany
Nadine Baldwin – Qld, Australia
Daniel Beeron – Qld, Australia
Somchai Charoen – NSW, Australia
Thomas C. Chung – NSW, Australia
Jennifer Cochrane – WA, Australia
Simon Alexander Cook – NSW, Australia
Lang Ea – New Zealand
Karen Farrell and Amanda Hale – NSW, Australia
Stevie Fieldsend – NSW, Australia: 2015 Artist Peer Award & Scenic World Staff Award
Jane Gillings – NSW, Australia
Alita Graziano – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Stephen Harrison – NSW, Australia
Isabella Helene Hissom – Netherlands
Nathan Keogh – NSW, Australia
Sally Kidall – NSW, Australia
Motoko Katsuta Kitano – Qld, Australia
Linelle Stepto and Catherine Lane (Laidbare Collaboration) – NSW, Australia
Francesca Mataraga – NSW, Australia
Sandra Nyberg – Finland: Highly Commended
Chi Phan – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Deborah Redwood – NSW, Australia
Michael Shiell – VIC, Australia
Stephen Short – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Vanessa Stanley – QLD, Australia
Hannah Surtees – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia AWARD: 2015 Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exhibiting Opportunity
Ian Swift – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Elyssa Sykes-Smith – NSW, Australia WINNER: 2015 Scenic World Award
Marcus Tatton – TAS, Australia
Greer Taylor – NSW, Australia
Hidemi Tokutake – Japan
Naomi Troski – VIC, Australia
2015 Exhibition Gallery
Clara Hali is a Sydney sculptor who creates bold female figures in bronze, stone and wood. The angular surfaces of her sculptures invigorate the female form with physical and metaphoric presence and are inspired by precarious landforms found in the Blue Mountains where Clara lives.
Clara has been a lecturer at the National Art School for twenty-five years and has exhibited widely since 1980 in both solo and group exhibitions. She completed her Masters of Fine Art (by research) in 2007. She is a regular exhibitor with Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi and Cottesloe and has received many awards including the NAB Distinguished Invited Artist Award (SXS) and the 3D Award of Walkom Manning Art Prize. Her sculpture is represented in public and private collections. She is represented by Beaver Galleries in Canberra.
Anne joined the MCA as C3West Curator in 2011. In this role she develops innovative ways for artists to work with non-arts organisations to address strategic issues and engage with communities. In 2011 she was responsible for the C3West Hurstville City Council collaboration, The Begin-Again. This night art walk was Australian artist Angelica Mesiti’s response to community concerns expressed in the research for Council’s Community Strategic Plan. Anne also managed the delivery of the symposium The Future of Penrith/Penrith of the Future, the vision for the public spaces and facilities of Penrith by the international art and design collective Campement Urbain.
In 2013, Anne collaborated with artist Lara Thoms, Hurstville Council and Westfield Hurstville to engage with local youth through the democratic, site-specific project Ultimate Vision – Monument to Us. At the MCA she has worked with Australian artist Brook Andrew on Warrang, the building commission about the heritage significance of the MCA site.
A former Sydney Morning Herald art critic, Anne’s essays appear regularly in numerous publications. As a curator Anne works with contemporary artists both inside and outside of gallery contexts, in communities and in public spaces. Recent projects include the exhibition Case Study: Gemma Smith considers the work of Margo Lewers, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest (2011-12), and with Jennifer Turpin and Michaelie Crawford, Artists In Residence, a public art project on the heritage brewery buildings in Sydney’s Broadway.
Emeritus Professor David Williams AM
Emeritus Professor David Williams AM, is Humanities Research Centre adjunct Professor in the Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Humanities and the Arts. Previously Director of the Australia Council Crafts Board (1976-85) and Director, ANU School of Art (1985 – 2006), his research interests are in jewellery, sculpture, public art and contemporary Asian and Australian art.
His curatorial activities include the first three Queensland Art Gallery’s Asia Pacific Triennial exhibitions as a member of the National Advisory Committee, the Adelaide University Ballets Russes project exhibitions and with Dr.Caroline Turner, HRC exhibitions Recovering Lives and Thresholds of Tolerance. He is the immediate past Chair, Art Monthly Australia Board and was Deputy Chair, Canberra Glassworks Board.
At ANU, he is Chair, ANU Visual Arts Foundation and involved as member of the ANU Capital Planning & Development Committee, the HC Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship program and Public Art Committees.
Currently he is the spokesperson for the ACT arts advocacy Childers Group, and in 2015 will co-curate the Contemporary Malaysian and S.E.Asian Art exhibition at the ANU School of Art Gallery.