Entries are open for the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture, as well as other related awards for public artwork, which are worth more than $120,000.
The winner of the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture will take home $60,000. All finalists will receive an artist fee of $4,000.
The Melbourne Prizes are awarded annually by the Melbourne Prize Trust, and rotate through several different disciplines on a three-year cycle. Last year’s Melbourne Prize for Music was awarded to singer Kutcha Edwards. In 2015 the prize for Literature went to poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe.
The last Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture was awarded to Geoff Robinson in 2014 for his work 15 locations/15 minutes/15 days.
The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture and Awards includes four additional categories. Other prizes include a $40,000 rural and regional development award, a $10,000 professional development award and a $4,000 civic choice award that will go to the winner of an online public poll following the announcement of award finalists.
A new public artwork design concept award, worth $10,000, will reward a public design concept that celebrates Melbourne’s status as a UNESCO International City of Literature.
Finalists will be announced in June, with a public exhibition of finalists to take place in November in Federation Square.
“The Prize focuses on the urban environment and the importance of sculpture, in all its forms, to inspire and inform our public open space to enrich public life,” said Melbourne Prize Trust executive director and founder Simon Warrender.
The panel of judges include Max Delany (artistic director, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art), Victoria Lynn (director, TarraWarra Museum of Art) Professor Callum Morton (head of fine art, Monash University Art Design & Architecture), Professor Marie Sierra (deputy dean and head of school UNSW Australia, Art and Design), Simone Slee (head of sculpture and spatial practice, School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts) and Pip Wallis (curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria).
Entries to the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture and other awards close on 17 May and can be made directly by the artist or by nomination. For more information, go here.