Sculpture by the Sea: UNSW Graduate wins major scholarship
- When 19 Oct - 5 Nov 2017
MARKS LANE MARKS PARK TAMARAMA NSW 2026
Recognised for its dramatic coastline, festivals and major events, Sydney is a dazzling setting for what has become one of the most significant international landscape sculpture events. Sculpture by the Sea, now in its 21st year, is presented along a 1.2km coastal walk south from Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach and meandering through watery coves and around rocky overhangs all the way to Tamarama Beach.
As part of Sculpture by the Sea 2017, UNSW Art & Design graduate sculptor Harrie Fasher has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Helen Lempriere Scholarship - one of Australia’s richest annual prizes for sculptors.
The $30,000 award is presented every year as part of this major event. Fasher the won scholarship with his latest installation titled, The Last Charge, which is a key piece in this year’s Bondi to Tamarama sculptural walk.
His series of eight steel horses commemorates the centenary of the Battle of Beersheba where Australian forces played a decisive part in the defeat of the Turkish forces in Gaza on 31 October, 1917.
The Oberon-based artist, one of three winners of the 2017 scholarship, was selected from 300 Australian sculptors who applied to exhibit in Sculpture by the Sea. The purpose of the prize is allow artists to undertake travel, study and other opportunities to further their artistic development.
“I wanted the installation to convey what it would feel like to face a cavalry charge,” said Fasher. “The sense of desperation in the battle and the chaos and power of cavalry at full gallop.
“The frenetic dissonance of the battle contrasts with the beauty and strength of the horse. In my mind the horse is a metaphor for the man.”
Five further works by UNSW graduates are featured in the exhibition, which includes 104 installations. They include works by Sally Adair, Karl de Waal, Fiona Kemp, Jeremy Sheehan and Charlie Trivers.
Often made to specifically respond to the surrounding elements of earth, air, and water, the sculptures selected for this annual event are variously situated in the sand, under cliffs, and on grassy expanses overlooking the wide horizon of the Pacific Ocean. This year Sculpture by the Sea received close to 500 submissions from artists, in 31 countries around the world. After careful deliberations the curatorial panel comprising of Dr. Malcolm Bywaters, Dr. Michael Hill, Professor Sui Jianguo and Dr. Nien Schwarz selected artists from across Australia, Denmark, Germany, Norway, China, Japan, Brazil, Serbia, Slovakia, New Zealand, England, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States to feature in the 2017 edition of this high profile cultural event.
Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi runs from the 19 October – 5 November 2017 and is followed by the 14th annual Sculpture by the Sea on the west coast of the continent at Cottesloe opening from 2 – 19 March 2018.
Originally published and written by Lucy Carroll, 24 October in the UNSW Newsroom