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 8 – May 8, 2016.
In its fifth year, the exhibition featured international artists from Korea, New Zealand and Slovenia, alongside Australian artists from Victoria and New South Wales, including five Blue Mountains’ artists.
Lucy Barker – NSW, Australia
Suzie Bleach and Andy Townsend – NSW, Australia
Jonathon Bolitho and Harry Hock – NSW, Australia
Mark Booth – NSW, Australia
Fleur Brett – VIC, Australia
Carolyn Cardinet – VIC, Australia
Joel Cunningham – NSW, Australia
Lang Ea – New Zealand
Harriet Geater-Johnson and Jackie Murphy – NSW, Australia
Jane Gillings – NSW, Australia
Scott Ingram – NSW, Australia
Emily Kaar – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Tunni Kraus – VIC, Australia
Leon Lester – NSW, Australia
Jure Markota – Slovenia
Claire Marston – VIC, Australia
Michael McIntyre – NSW, Australia
Jihye Min – NSW, Australia
Graeme Pattison – NSW, Australia
Louis Pratt – NSW, Australia
Kevina-Jo Smith – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Selina Springett and Alessandro Berini – NSW, Australia
Ian Swift – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Elyssa Sykes-Smith – NSW, Australia
Vena Vandora – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Jacek Wankowski – NSW, Australia
Galih Wildan & Wildan Sugara – Indonesia
Kayo Yokoyama – Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia
Claire Healy was born in 1971 in Melbourne, Australia and currently lives and works in Sydney, Australia. She studied a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales graduating in 2004 and was a founding member of the Imperial Slacks artist run initiative. Healy’s career highlights include exhibiting in the 53rd Venice Biennale, the 5th Auckland Triennial, the inaugural Setouchi Triennale and a survey exhibition at the MCA and has work held in The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Newcastle Regional Art Gallery, The Art Gallery of South Australia, The University of Queensland Art Museum and The Gallery of Modern Art Queensland as well as private collections internationally.
Healy has a strong organisation and visual sense established through her background in graphic design. She has a well-established solo practice and has collaborated extensively with Sean Cordeiro. Her art practice examines the relationships between nature, humans and the built environment, between ownership and invention, transitions and home. The work encourages viewers to create new links in their perception of everyday objects and subjects, with playful tensions forming between looming materialism and a humane warmth and humour.
Felicity Fenner is the Director of UNSW Galleries. Her research as a curator focuses on aspects of place and curatorial place-making, encapsulated in exhibitions such as Once Removed, Australia’s group exhibition at the 2009 Venice Biennale; Michael Nyman: CineOpera at Sydney Park Brickworks in 2011; and Running the City, curated for the International Symposium of Electronic Arts, 2013.
Other curatorial projects include Handle with Care, the 2008 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art; and Primavera 2005 at Sydney’s MCA. In 2013 Felicity co-curated Making Change for the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, which was a finalist in the Australian government’s Australian Arts in Asia Award; and in 2014 brought to Australia Richard Mosse’s The Enclave, named by ABC Arts as one Australia’s top three visual arts presentations of the year. In 2015 she curated People Like Us, an international new media exhibition that will tour to 15 venues across Australia.
Felicity is a founding member of the City of Sydney Public Art Panel and writes on contemporary art and exhibitions for a range of publications including Art in America, Artlink and Art Asia Pacific, of which she is a Contributing Editor.
Michael Snelling is Director and CEO of the National Art School, Sydney Australia. He is a CEO, Artistic Director, curator and arts producer. He is also a photographer and has taught at universities in Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane. He was founding Director of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and previously CEO of Major Brisbane Festivals; CEO and Artistic Director of the Institute of Modern Art in Brisbane and the Experimental Art Foundation in Adelaide; and Director of the Australian Centre for Photography Workshop in Sydney. For five years he managed the visual arts and crafts National Infrastructure and Projects Portfolios in the Australia Council.
He has been Artistic Director of organisations and events and curator of numerous exhibitions, and devised and produced local and international projects and residencies with artists in several artforms. He was AJAN Resident at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan; curator of Someone’s Universe: The Art of Eugene Carchesio for the Queensland Art Gallery|Gallery of Modern Art; Australian Commissioner for the 10th Indian Triennale; and the survey exhibition Tracey Moffatt, of which he was the curator, toured in Asia.
His artistic programs at the Experimental Art Foundation and the Institute of Modern Art featured local, national and international contemporary artists, writers, performers and curators drawn from many parts of the world. He remains partial to both the established and the emerging, and to speculative practices underpinned by the traditions that enable experimentation.
He has been publisher, editor and managing editor of numerous books and smaller titles in the areas of artist monographs, art history and criticism, and exhibition catalogues.
He has provided strategic and business planning, project and event management and artistic direction services to all levels of government and the commercial and not-for-profit sector.
He is currently a board member of Kaldor Public Art Projects. He has also been Chair of Artbank, a board member of the Bundanon Trust, La Boite Theatre, a selector for Australia’s representation at three Venice Biennales and the Indian Triennale, Chair of the New Media Arts and Acting Chair of the Visual Arts/Craft Boards, and a Councillor, of the Australia Council. He was also a member of the Task Force that restructured the Australia Council in 2004, a member of the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Arts Advisory Committee, the Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency, the Brisbane Inner City Advisory Committee, the Cultural Network of the Australian National Commission for UNESCO and Deputy Chair of ELISION Contemporary Music Ensemble.
He was President of CAOs (Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia), Chair of the Asialink Visual Arts Committee, Chair of the Queensland Government’s Visual Arts, Crafts, Design and Museums Panel and a member of the Queensland Government Cultural Advisory Council.
He played a lead role in the planning and establishment of the Lion Arts Centre in Adelaide and the Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts in Brisbane, Australia.