About the Exhibition

The exhibition of the shortlisted works at the National Gallery of Australia is undoubtedly the most significant way in which the National Sculpture Prize aims to support and promote sculpture.

Although we are currently witnessing a period of unprecedented activity and renewed interest in sculpture in Australia, there are relatively few opportunities for sculptors to exhibit their work to a wide audience. In the past, the Mildura Sculpture Triennials and the Australian Sculpture Triennials (held in Melbourne) were the most important exhibitions of sculpture in this country. However, since the final Australian Sculpture Triennial in 1995, there have been no major, regular exhibitions encompassing all areas of sculptural practice. Recent exhibitions and awards are mainly in the area of outdoor sculpture. As a consequence of this relative lack of exhibitions, sculpture is less widely known and appreciated in Australia than other art forms. The exhibition of finalists' works at the National Gallery provides a significant opportunity for sculptors to show their most recent works, and for the public to view an exciting selection of contemporary sculpture.

This catalogue and the associated public programs which will be conducted by the National Gallery throughout the exhibition are also an important way of increasing understanding and awareness of sculpture in the wider community. It is the intention of the catalogue to reflect, through the artists' own words, the diversity of approaches and contexts in which the works in the Prize have been made. The artists provided statements, participated in taped interviews, or responded in writing to questions about their work.

As almost half of the entries selected for the Prize were proposals for new works, several of these had not been completed and photographed by the time of going to press. In these instances, in consultation with the artists, working drawings, maquettes, works in progress or related works have been used to illustrate the catalogue. Although we have attempted to include images of the finished works wherever possible, these other images vividly convey the range of processes through which the works in this Prize have been realised.

The most outstanding feature of the exhibition of the works selected for the inaugural National Sculpture Prize is their diversity: diversity of medium, of process, of concept, and of imagery. What unites them is that they are all outstanding examples of contemporary Australian sculpture.

Elena Taylor

Coordinating Curator

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Nautilus, BARTLETT, Geoffrey, 2001
'esque - thoughts brought forth by our fingers, BAWDEN, Lionel, 2000 - 2001
Wall unit (origin of the world), BURCHILL, Janet, McCAMLEY, Jennifer, 2001, Courtesy of Yuill/Crowley, Sydney
Natalie and Benjamin are playing cubby, BURFORD, Kristian, 2001
Face value, CALVERT, Matt, 2000, Courtesy of Diane Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
The birdman - flight of fancy, COLE, Peter, 2001, Courtesy of Ray Hughes Gallery, Sydney
The man who drinks milk outside the Art Gallery, CONNOR, Kevin, 2000
Head VI, CONNOR, Kevin, 2000
Head IV, CONNOR, Kevin, 2000
Victoria Street woman, CONNOR, Kevin, 2000
Clip, DI MAURO, Sebastian, 2001
Tea party in the Mayoral garden, DOWNES, Ruth, 2000 - 2001
Twisted, FISHER, Fred, 2000
Triple twist, FISHER, Fred, 2001

Prosthetic resort II, GOODWIN, Richard, 2001, Courtesy of Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney; Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
Glass slipper (Ugly Blister), HORN, Tim, 2001
Julietta, IVIMEY, Linde, 2000
Dysmas, IVIMEY, Linde, 2001
Climacus, IVIMEY, Linde, 2000

Parallel horizons, JENSZ, David, 2001, Courtesy of Michael Carr Art Dealer, Sydney
Trace, OLIVER, Bronwyn, 2001, Courtesy of Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
Pillow, PIGGOTT, Rosslynd, 2000, Courtesy of Sutton Gallery, Melbourne
Spine (Column), PURHONEN, Ari, 2001
Ramp, ROBERTS, Neil, 2001, Courtesy of Helen Maxwell Gallery, Canberra
Vertical channel, ROBSON, Sarah, 2000, Courtesy of Gitte Weise Gallery, Sydney
Herd (All 16 hands), SWANN, Heather, 2001, Courtesy of Bett Gallery, Hobart

My dogs, YARINKURA, Lena, 2001, Courtesy of Maningrida Arts & Culture, NT
Forbidden fruit, KOPIETZ, Gunther, 2000, Courtesy of BMG Art, Adelaide
Bedroom suite, KOPIETZ, Gunther, 2000, Courtesy of BMG Art, Adelaide
Love, KOUWENHOVEN, Pamela, 2000
The wash, KOUWENHOVEN, Pamela, 2000
Shrine to memory, KOUWENHOVEN, Pamela, 2000
The way we eat, LIU, Xiao Xian, 2001
Teamwork 2, MARCUS, Donna, 2001, Courtesy of Diane Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne
Games, LIU, Xiao Xian, 2000 - 2001
Human Human - Lotus Cloisonné Figure 1, AH XIAN, 2000 - 2001
Chromeskin, DRAKE-Brockman Geoffrey, KUHAUPT, Richie, 2001
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Human Human - Lotus Cloisonné Figure 1, AH XIAN, 2000 - 2001