Illawarra artists honoured in Woollahra, Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanic Garden

SCULPTURE

Thirroul-based artist Lynda Draper has been selected as a finalist this year’s Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Australia’s preeminent national award for small sculpture.

Draper is one of 47 finalists chosen from 675 entries, the second highest number of entries in prize history.

“We’re in an age where there are so many gigantic artworks, so many gigantic projections,

that it’s really good for something that focuses on ‘the god of small things’,” judge Djon Mundine said.

Draper primarily works in ceramics and her work for the Prize is Apparition, exploring the psychological scenarios often representing a journey within the dualities of life and death, reality and fantasy, past and present.

The Prize attracts a diverse range of professional and emerging sculptors from around the world with a total of $24,000 in prize money awarded to winning artists across four categories.

A free exhibition of finalist’s art works will be on show from October 14 until November 5 at Woollahra Council in Sydney. The winners will be announced on 13 October 2017.

An example of David Cragg's artwork.

An example of David Cragg's artwork.

ART FOR THE PLANET

Works by Wollongong-based Indigenous multidisciplinary artist David Cragg are being featured in a Sydney exhibition focusing on sustainability, Art For The Planet at Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

Cragg repurposes damaged work-site supplies to highlight four native bird species whose natural habitats have been destroyed.

The large-scale outdoor exhibition features some of Australia’s most acclaimed artists, plus a series of free kids gardening workshops during September 25 – October 27.

BIRD BATHS

East Corrimal artistic duo Etienne Deleflie and Kath Gadd of Mallee Design have been selected to showcase their copper birdbaths at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s renowned Artisans in the Gardens exhibition.

Mallee Design's copper birdbaths are broad and shallow, designed for birds to bathe with their feet touching the bottom and will be on show with more than 2000 pieces from 44 artists from October 14 to 22 inside the Lion Gate Lodge.

A share of the sales of artworks from the exhibition go to assisting Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens with continuing their support of horticulture, conservation, scientific research and education programs.

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