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.

2015 AWARDS

SCENIC WORLD MAJOR AWARD

Elisa Sykes Smith

Elyssa Skyes-Smith
A Canopy of Thoughts, 2015

BMCC EXHIBITING OPPORTUNITY

Hannah Surtees 2015

Hannah Surtees
Tall Tales, 2015

SCENIC WORLD STAFF CHOICE AWARD

Stevie Fieldsend, Bulging Ichorous, 2015

Stevie Fieldsend
Bulging Ichorous, 2015

ARTIST PEER AWARD

Stevie Fieldsend, Bulging Ichorous, 2015

Stevie Fieldsend
Bulging Ichorous, 2015

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

Elisa Sykes Smith

Elyssa Skyes-Smith
A Canopy of Thoughts, 2015

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Sandra Nyberg, Heritage, 2015

Sandra Nyberg
Heritage, 2015

2015 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
Jane Gillings – NSW, Australia
Alita Graziano – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Stephen Harrison – NSW, Australia
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
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
Ian Swift – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Elyssa Sykes-Smith – NSW, Australia
Marcus Tatton – TAS, Australia
Greer Taylor – NSW, Australia
Hidemi Tokutake – Japan
Naomi Troski – VIC, Australia

2015 Exhibition Gallery

2015 Judges

Anne Loxley

Anne Loxley

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.

David Williams

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.

Clara Hali

Clara Hali

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.

2015 OFFSITE EXHIBITIONS

metalheads

METALHEADS

metalheads was an exciting Sculpture Projects initiative which aimed to showcase a diverse array of sculpture from the metal arts around Katoomba – works were installed at the Carrington Hotel, the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre and Scenic World forecourt. Artworks forming part of metalheads reflected upon the centenary of the battles raging in Europe during the Great War and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. metalheads carried themes of isolation, war and the material metal. Renowned artists included Clara Hali, Suzie Bleach & Andy Townsend, Barbara Licha, Angus Adameitis, Daniel Clemmett, Jacek Wankowski, Dion Horstman, Gillie & Mark, and Steve Croquett.

Sculpture Otherwise

SCULPTURE OTHERWISE

Sculpture Otherwise was an exhibition of smaller sculpture by the exhibiting artists participating in Sculpture at Scenic World from April 15- May 10 2015, held in the main gallery space of the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre. The indoor exhibition provided a fantastic opportunity for collectors and the public to purchase works by emerging, mid-career and established Australian and International artists.