Sculpture at Scenic World
The third annual Sculpture at Scenic World saw 30 artists exhibiting in Australia’s only rainforest exhibition. The 25-day exhibition included diverse Public Programmes including the popular Sculpture for Small People workshops.
Held between 24 April – 18 May 2014, the outdoor exhibition provided local, national and international artists an exciting opportunity to exhibit their works within the natural splendour of the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. An independent panel selected 30 artworks by 30 artists to exhibit on the valley floor, and a walk along the elevated boardwalks afforded visitors the opportunity to view world class sculptures in an unparalleled setting.
Exhibiting artists also had the opportunity to participate in Sculpture Otherwise an indoor exhibition of small scale works.
A new initiative for 2014, the Sculpture at Scenic World and Blue Mountains Cultural Centre partnership, saw Daniel Kojta awarded the opportunity to exhibit his work at the Cultural Centre from 9 June – 7 July 2014.
2014 EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTS
An estimated 55,000 international and national visitors saw the 2014 Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition. Participating artists were eligible for awards and acquisitions including:
- $20,000 Scenic World Acquisitive Award
- $5,000 Artists Peer Award
- $2,000 Scenic World Staff Award
- $1,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by The Carrington, Blue Mountains
- Award trophies designed and hand-crafted by internationally acclaimed, local glass artist Keith Rowe.
KEN UNSWORTH AM JOINS 2014 EXHIBITION
Revered Australian visual artist, Ken Unsworth AM created an eight metre sculpture for the 2014 Sculpture at Scenic World exhibition. Unsworth’s commissioned site-responsive artwork, Harlequin’s Shuttle, was installed under the canopy of the Jurassic rainforest, alongside the exhbition’s selected artists.
As part of the 2014 exhibition’s Sculpture Projects initiative, Unsworth was invited to create a site-responsive installation. Former Exhibition Manager, Lizzy Marshall, said “We are very excited that Harlequin’s Shuttle responds to not only our natural landscape but embraces the flow of visitors who also make up this environment.” Read the full media release here
2014 JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED
The independent judging panel for the 2014 exhibition comprised:
Anthony Bond OAM
Anthony Bond OAM is a freelance writer and curator. As Director Curatorial at the Art Gallery of NSW (1984-2012), he was responsible for the collection and display of international contemporary art, culminating in the Francis Bacon: Five Decades exhibition. A selection of other major exhibitions (accompanied by substantial publications) includes The British Show 1985; Australian Perspecta 1985, 87 and 89; The 9th Sydney Biennale Boundary Rider 1992-93; Tony Cragg 1997; Ken Unsworth 1998; and the inaugural Liverpool Biennale of Contemporary International Art, TRACE in 1999. Historical exhibitions curated by Bond include Body 1997; Self Portrait: Renaissance to Contemporary for the National Portrait Gallery London and AGNSW 2005-6; Anselm Kiefer: Aperiatur Terra 2006-2007 at White Cube London and AGNSW; Mike Parr: The Tilted Stage, a major survey in Hobart, 2008; and Forty Years of John Kaldor Projects, 2009. Bond has also undertaken diverse projects with individual artists including Antony Gormley, Ernesto Neto, Wolfgang Laib, Alison Wilding, Ulrike Rosenbach, Anish Kapoor, Richard Wentworth and Tracey Emin.
Dr Richard Goodwin
Over 30 years as an exhibiting artist and architect, Goodwin has sustained a prolific and award-winning practice provoking boundaries between art and architecture. In 1996 Goodwin established the Porosity Studio at the College of Fine Arts within the University of New South Wales where he currently holds the position of Professor of Fine Arts and Design. He teaches part-time via intensive, international and multi-disciplinary studios providing a unique context for the renegotiation of delineations between art, architecture and urbanism. Goodwin’s architectural practice concentrates on parasitic connections between private and public space. Major prizes include: The National Sculpture Award 1985, The Sculpture by the Sea Prize 2003, Helen Lempriere Award 2004, the Blackett Award for Architecture in 2004, and the Wynne Prize from the Art Gallery of NSW 2011.
Binghui is one of the world’s leading curators of contemporary Asian art. Currently she is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the College of Fine Arts within the University of New South Wales and an independent curator working internationally. She was co-curator for both the Gwangju Biennale 2006 and Busan Biennale 2010, both in Korea. Binghui has curated and organised over 100 exhibitions during her past 18 years in the contemporary art field including shows that have travelled to over 35 major museums internationally. In addition to holding the positions of Deputy Director of Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art in China; Director of Asia Australia Art Centre/Gallery 4A; and Director /Curator of the Earl Lu Gallery, LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore (now The Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore), she has served as a judge for The Hong Kong Biennale 2009; the Philip Morris Art Award, Singapore, 2002; and the UOB Group’s 20th Painting of the Year Competition, 2001.
EXHIBITION RECEIVES FEDERAL FUNDING
The Federal Government under its TQUAL Grants initiative allocated $93,035 to Sculpture at Scenic World to support the 2014 exhibition.
Former Senator Doug Cameron said the funding cemented the position of the Blue Mountains as a premier destination for the arts, providing another compelling reason for visitors to explore our region. Read the full media release here