Fresh line-up for Sculpture at Scenic World 2014

Touch, Brian Sanstrom. Photo: Keith Maxwell

Touch, Brian Sanstrom. Photo: Keith Maxwell

By Scenic World

Explore a Jurassic rainforest adorned with sculptures for the 2014 Sculpture at Scenic World in the Blue Mountains. The greatly anticipated annual event has just revealed the artists and their 35 artworks selected for exhibition.

Now in its third year, Sculpture at Scenic World will feature a Yuin artist (NSW Southcoast), international artists from the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Ireland, alongside 17 NSW artists, 12 from the Blue Mountains and one from Tasmania.

The dynamic public program will allow visitors to meet exhibiting artists, including artist led children’s workshops, artist talks on the Walkway, and an evening lecture series where artists will discuss their various practices. Events for families are a major part of the program with weekly tailored tours for children and families to enjoy as well as school holiday workshops and a Mother’s Day celebration.

Sculpture at Scenic World is Australia’s only dedicated rainforest exhibition. Newly created sculptures are delicately installed along the elevated Scenic Walkway, providing visitors with the opportunity to view the artworks in an unparalleled setting.

This year’s selection by the independent judging panel includes: Hobart Hughes, Louis Pratt, Jacqueline Spedding, Roger Foley-fogg, and last year’s winner Daniel Kojta. Artists selected for exhibition will again have the opportunity to participate in Sculpture Otherwise, an indoor exhibition of small scale works. The highly popular public program will also form part of the exhibition, including workshops where exhibiting artists create with children.

An exciting new development for the 2014 exhibition is a site-responsive commissioned sculpture by revered Australian visual artist, Ken Unsworth. The commission is part of Sculpture Projects, a new initiative by Scenic World to invite iconic artists to the Blue Mountains. Unsworth’s Harlequin’s Shuttle is the first project and will become part of the Sculpture at Scenic World collection.

Scenic World joint managing director David Hammon said: “Scenic World is delighted to have the presence of Ken Unsworth’s sculpture not only in our rainforest, but it will also be the first time he has exhibited here in the Blue Mountains.”

Sculpture at Scenic World offers artists a $20,000 Scenic World Acquisitive Award, $5000 Artist Peer Award, $2000 Scenic World Staff Choice Award, and The Carrington Hotel’s $1000 People’s Choice Award.

Participating artists will have the opportunity through a new partnership between Sculpture at Scenic World and the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre to exhibit at the Cultural Centre from June 9 to July 7, 2014.

Exhibition manager and curator Lizzy Marshall will now begin reviewing the natural landscape and selected artworks for the strategic and challenging curatorial and installation processes.

“The 2014 selection is going to be an exceptional exhibition,” she said. “The artists have developed different frameworks to respond to the natural environment. Key themes include absorptive blacks, reflective surfaces and architectural responses to the rainforest. I’m very much looking forward to seeing the finished works in situ next year.”.

Sculpture at Scenic World 2014 is supported by a Federal Government TQUAL grant of $93,035.

Great value overnight exhibition packages with Blue Mountains premier hotels will be available early in the New Year.

For more information visit http://www.scenicworld/sulptures.

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