Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize announces finalists for 2022

Edward Waring
Finalist: Edward Waring
13 October - 20 november 2022 
The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, presented by Woollahra Council, has  announced 50 emerging and established artists as finalists for the 21st annual Prize. The 2022 finalist works, by artists hailing from every Australian state and territory as well as international finalists from Auckland, New Zealand and Texas, USA will be presented in an exhibition at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf, opening on 12 October.
The Prize is proud to work in collaboration with Principal Sponsor, Mark Moran Vaucluse, Gold Sponsors, Tanya Excell, Scott Farquhar and D’Leanne Lewis of Laing and Simmons Double Bay and Silver Sponsors, Crawford's Casting and Catalina. Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is Australia’s pre-eminent award for small sculpture and is the first national acquisitive prize for an original sculpture of up to 80cm in any dimension.
The Prize categories are the main Acquisitive award of $25,000; a Special Commendation award of $2,000; the Viewers’ Choice award of $1,000; and the Mayor's Award of $1,000. The winning sculpture will be acquired for the Council’s permanent public collection and announced to coincide with the opening of the exhibition.
The finalist sculptures were chosen through a blind selection process from 684 entries by a judging panel comprised of Sydney-based artist Joan Ross, Gallery Director and Curator Jose Da Silva and editor of contemporary visual art publication Artist Profile, Kon Gouriotis.

The 2022 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize finalist artists are:

Agus Wijaya, Allan Giddy, Amala Groom, Amelia Lynch, Anastasia Parmson, Antoinette O'Brien, Ara Dolatian, Bianca Hester, Bruce Reynolds, Claudia Terstappen, Edward Waring, Franky Howell, Gaspare Moscone, Gina Ferguson, Guy Fredricks , Jake Preval, Jess Dare, Jessica Murtagh, Kat Shapiro Wood, Kelly Austin, Kenzee Patterson, Kirsteen Pieterse, Lee Harrop, Leonie Rhodes, Lewis Doherty, Louis Grant, Lynda Draper, Mai Nguyen-Long, Mariana Del Castillo, Mark Booth, Michael Cusack, Nabilah Nordin, Nasim Nasr, Nate Ditzler, Nicholas Burridge, Nuha Saad, Peter Burgess, Peter Tilley, Pippin Drysdale, Rebecca Selleck, Ruby Benhar Pattarkadavu, Samantha Hanicar, Sherna Teperson, Shireen Taweel, Simon Fieldhouse, Stephen Ralph, Stephen Benwell, Suzanne Archer, Vipoo Srivilasa and Yanyangkari Butler.


Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2022 judge, Jose Da Silva, said: "The sheer volume of application is a testament to the significance of this prize and the calibre of artists working throughout Australia. It was a daunting task deciding on a shortlist and will be an even greater challenge choosing the winner."


Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2022 judge, Kon Gouriotis, said: "Selecting fifty finalists for the WSSP was tougher than I thought. I would have been happy with an additional forty finalists, because the entries were a strong representation of the key processes of sculpture."


Previous winners of the prestigious Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize include Rhonda Sharpe (Desert Woman with Mustache, Coolamon and Pretty Clothes), Merran Esson (Autumn On The Monaro), Todd Robinson (Psychic Staircase) and Sanné Mestrom (Self Portrait, Sleeping Muse), working across a diverse range of media, from bronze and ceramics to wool and cotton.

September 25, 2022
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