Western Sydney University Sculpture Award and Exhibition: Virtual Tour

Winner of the 2018 WSU Acquisitive Sculpture Award

Dan Lorrimer
Fault Sector
Rusted weathering steel
220cm x 300cm x 110cm

Winner of the 2018 Landcom People's Choice Awards

Michael Purdy
Gimme Shelter
Radiata pine, wire, sandstone, found object
140 cm x 160 cm x 160 cm
200 kg

Winner of the 2018 Janice Reid Site Specific Sculpture Award

Robert Barnstone
Body Shells
Corten steel
Rita: 295 cm x 120 cm x 50cm; Giggion: 288 cm x
95 cm x 45 cm
145 kg each

Winner of the 2016 WSU Acquisitive Sculpture Award

Michael Purdy
Monument to the long term perils of short term politics
Sydney sandstone and steel
240 cm x 120 cm x 120 cm
1,500 kg

Winner of the 2014 UWS Acquisitive Sculpture Award

Greer Taylor
Aluminium, automotive paint, stainless steel coble and nickel plated brass
450 cm x 340 cm x 130 cm
100 kg

Winner of the 2014 UrbanGrowth NSW Acquisitive Sculpture Award

Michael Purdy
Sandstone and mild steel base
225 cm x 180 cm x 100 cm
1 tonne

Winner of the 2014 Janice Reid Emerging Artist Award

Morgan Shimeld
Corten steel
160 cm x 350 cm x 100 cm
600 kg

Winner of 2014 UrbanGrowth NSW 'Peoples Choice Award'

Hilde A Danielsen
'Upside Down Again'
Pinewood and acid free metal fasteners
210 cm x 210 cm x 750 cm

Winner of the 2012 UWS Sculpture Award

Louisa Dawson
New Arrivals
Diving board and stand with boulder
173 cm x 100 cm x 400 cm

Winner of the 2012 Landcom Peoples's Choice Award

Chris Leaver
Antipodean Vision

Highly Commended at the 2012 UWS Sculpture Award

Ingrid Morley
Pocket fulls of Gold... bucket fulls of sorrow
450 cm x 1140 cm x 260 cm

Highly Commended at the 2012 UWS Sculpture Award

Greer Taylor
Powder coated aluminium, nylon monofilament, stainless steel cable and attachments, brass
240 cm x 330 cm x 700 cm

2010 Winner of the UWS Acquisitive Sculpture Award

Janik Bouchette
Mild Steel and Zinc Spray Paint
290 cm x 260 cm x 150 cm

2009 Highly Commended, UWS Sculpture Award 2010

Akira Kamada
Construction of Love
Recycled Timber and Metal
150 cm x 200 cm x 200 cm

Western Sydney University Sculpture Award and Exhibition Virtual Tour

The Western Sydney Sculpture Award and Exhibition is a biennial competition and exhibition hosted by Western Sydney University, aiming to establish closer links between the university, artists and the community to provide a valuable educational and cultural resource for the region and to enhance the campus environment for teaching and learning. Each time, the Award attracts significant talent from across Australia and overseas.

Finalists Announced 

The following artists have been selected as finalists for the 2020 WSU Sculpture Award and Exhibition:

Mark Booth, Jennifer Cochrane, Chris Edwards, Merran Esson, Harrie Fasher, John Fitzmaurice, Jim Flook, Martin George, Akira Kamada, Bec Litvan, Ludwig Mlcek, Ingrid Morley, Vlasé Nikoleski, Denese Oates, John Petrie, Kirsteen Pieterse, Louis Pratt, Sasha Reid, Samantha Stephenson, Jayanto Tan, Greer Taylor and Arthur Wicks.

Congratulations and best wishes to the 2020 finalists!

We appreciate the time and effort that goes into applications and thank everyone for submitting work for the judge’s consideration.

We hope you’ll all join us 1-31 May 2020 to see the final exhibition.

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Prizes in the 2020 Western Sydney University Sculpture Award and Exhibition:

  • Western Sydney University Acquisitive Sculpture Award - valued up to $30,000
  • Landcom People's Choice Award - $5,000 (non-acquisitive)
  • Janice Reid Site Specific Sculpture Award - $5,000 (non-acquisitive)

Entries are now closed.

Finalists will be announced on virtualtours.westernsydney.edu.au on Tuesday, 1 October 2019. Send entries and enquiries to Monica McMahon: monica.mcmahon@westernsydney.edu.au.


To assist interstate and international artists who have been selected as finalists, in the 2020, Western Sydney University Sculpture Award and Exhibition, our Sponsor Quest Campbelltown is pleased to extend complimentary accommodation, to a maximum of five interstate and/or international finalist, which will coincide with the dates of the installation of the exhibition.


Landcom - Sponsor 

   Quest - Sponsor

Western Sydney University thanks its sponsors, Landcom and Quest Campbelltown.


This exhibition was established in 2004, and aims to establish closer links between the University and artists, and engage with the community by providing a valuable educational and cultural resource, as well as enhancing the campus environment for teaching and learning. The Western Sydney University Sculpture Award and Exhibition showcases major works by significant Australian and international artists, who have created sculptures especially for the University's Campbelltown Campus.


Curatorial Panel:

Kon Gouriotis OAM (Editor of Artist Profile)

Kon Gouriotis OAM has held leadership roles in the Visual Arts since 1995. He was Director at the Australian Centre for Photography; Director, Visual Arts, the Australia Council for the Arts; Director of the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. He is the co-founder of 3C Projects. A regular arts writer for Australian Art Monthly, Asian Art News, and ArtAND. His recent curatorial projects include Silent Tears for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2015) and Open Field currently on at the Auburn Botanic Garden and Peacock Gallery. He is Editor of Artist Profile, a national journal dedicated to visual artists behind the art.

Nigel Harrison (Sculptor)

Nigel Harrison has a renowned Australian sculptor, who is held in numerous public art collections, such as Campbelltown City Bicentennial Art Gallery, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Macquarie University as well as being the winner of the Sydney Water prize in Sculpture by the Sea in 2001. He has an extensive exhibition history and has been a finalist in numerous sculpture prizes throughout Australia, such as the Sculpture by the Sea, Scenic World Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, and Western Sydney University Sculpture Award and Exhibition in 2006 and 2008. He has also been a lecturer in sculpture at the National Art School and was the Head of Sculpture there.


Renee Porter (Curator)

Renee Porter has more than 20 years’ experience in curatorial and collection management roles having worked at the Art Gallery of NSW, The Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Western Australia and Campbelltown Arts Centre. Renee has extensive curatorial experience and project management and is currently Curator, Hurstville Museum & Gallery where she recently curated the ceramic and glass exhibition Beyond the bowl.  She is also a consultant curator for the S.H. Ervin Gallery for the Margaret Olley exhibition scheduled for January 2020.

Monica McMahon (Curator)

Monica McMahon has been the Western Sydney University Art Curator since 2002 and during this period she has established four galleries on its campuses. She is the exhibition program manager for all following Western Sydney University galleries; Margaret Whitlam Galleries (Parramatta Campus), Margot Hardy Gallery (Bankstown Campus) and Australia- China Institute for Arts And Culture Gallery ( Parramatta Campus) which are recognized public galleries. Monica is the artistic director of the Western Sydney University Acquisitive Sculpture Award and Exhibition (biennial outdoor exhibition held on the University's Campbelltown Campus), which was established in 2004. She is also the curator of the University's permanent art collection, responsible for the promotion, development, research and management of the collection which is distributed throughout the University's six campuses across Western Sydney.


Judging Panel:

  • Kon Gouriotis OAM (Editor Artist Profile)
  • Nigel Harrison (Sculptor)
  • Renee Porter (Curator)
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