In the first week of December 2015 I saw an email about a sculpture show held by the Contemporary Sculptors Association at the Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Abbotsford, …last minute decided to enter and happy to announce a week later won the award….a really pleasant surprise. Big thanks to all those involved: committee who put on the show and Kirsty Grant, Heide Director, who judged the award.
Here is an excerpt from the speeches….
BONANZA Sculpture Prize 2015
Opening Speech by Cliff Burtt
Vice Chair: Contemporary Sculptors Association/ Yarra Sculpture Gallery
Many thanks to all the people who supported the Yarra Sculpture Space and the Contemporary Sculptors Association through 2015, and congratulations to the Bonanza exhibiting artists, without whom the show would not be possible.
We especially want to thank the sponsors of our prizes for their generous support, people who have supported us over the years, and once again this year – Ponch Hawkes for donating her photography services, Cameron at Fundere Foundry for casting work, Savaad at Yering Station Art Award, the people at the Art Almanac and finally, the anonymous donor who made this year’s cash prize possible. We would also like to acknowledge the continued support of our landlord the City of Yarra, support that has made a vital contribution to the development of sculptural practices in this city.
Our judge this year was Kirsty Grant, Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art. Prior to her current position, Kirsty was Senior Curator of Australian Art at the National Gallery of Victoria, and instrumental in acquiring and presenting some of the most important exhibitions presented by that institution over the last decade. We thank Kirsty for generously donating her time to make the award selections. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend the opening of Bonanza, but has forwarded her notes.
I’ll read directly from Kirsty;
Sorry I can’t officiate tomorrow but I hope it goes well. Have attached some brief notes on each of the works I selected- I’m trying to imagine you reading them and not sure they are what you would say, but do your best to channel me… Thanks for inviting me to judge the prizes today- it was fun! Congratulations to all of the artists whose work is exhibited and sorry I can’t be there to announce the awards in person. This Year’s show offers an amazingly diverse selection of sculptural works, from the carved and cast to assemblage works and everything in between. It’s fascinating to see what people are doing in their studios, what materials they are using, what they are doing with those materials and what ideas are motivating them to create.
1. CSA $1000 Cash Award This work stood out to me for its clever and unusual combination of three dimensional form, colour and use of digital technology. Like a minimalist painting – cool, crisp and refined – that has been plugged in to an electric socket and come to life, it presents a series of luminous colours rotating across a grid of three screens, beautifully resolved and presented (with echoes of 70s disco floors thrown in for good measure!). Recipient: No.1 My fireplace by Veronica Caven Aldous