Sculpture at Scenic World 2019 selection panel announced
Sculpture at Scenic World is proud to announce the selection and judging panel for Australia’s most iconic rainforest sculpture exhibition that recognises the pinnacle of contemporary sculpture and installation with the prestigious $20,000 Scenic World Major Award.
Selecting the finalists and awarding the major prize will be:
- Professor Marie Sierra, Deputy Dean UNSW Art and Design
- Axel Arnott, Independent Curator
- Heidi Axelsen, Blue Mountains-based artist
Selected for their extensive experience in the arts sector, the panel will review proposals from over one hundred artwork submissions, with the finalists’ works to be showcased during Sculpture at Scenic World 2019 held from April 12 – May 12.
The panel will also select the winner of the lucrative $20,000 Scenic World Major Award, which has been a major contribution to the creative sector for over eight years.
Sculpture at Scenic World Curator and Exhibition Manager, Justin Morrissey, said the panel had been assembled to create a diverse and engaging exhibition, presenting an impressive calibre of contemporary sculpture and installation.
“We’re privileged to be working with a selection panel of leading contributors to the arts sector,” he said.
Sculpture at Scenic World attracts the attention of artists from across the globe for its unique location in the heart of a Jurassic rainforest.
“Sculpture at Scenic World is Western Sydney’s most exciting celebration of thought provoking and riveting installation,” Mr Morrissey said. “It’s a celebration of the rich artistic cultural diversity of the Blue Mountains, paired with a spectacular exhibition site that is both challenging and rewarding for artists and visitors”.
With a prize pool totalling over $30,000, all artworks will go in the running for the $20,000 Scenic World Major Award, in addition to the $5,000 Artist Peer Award, the $2,000 Scenic World Staff’s Choice Award, and the $1,000 Carrington Hotel People’s Choice Prize.
Artworks will also be selected for the $1,000 Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Exhibition Opportunity and the $3,000 Environmental Prize, judged by Jon Dee, presenter of the Sky News program Smart Money, a live weekly TV program that focuses on sustainability and innovation.
All selected artists will receive $1,000 on top of installation support in recognition of the hard work and effort required to produce major installations.
“Sculpture at Scenic World aims to support talented artists and is a major financial contributor to the visual arts sector in Australia,” Mr Morrissey said.
As part of the full Sculpture at Scenic World program, Sculpture Otherwise will return in 2019, featuring smaller scale works from exhibiting artists at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.