Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

We are now accepting entries for the 2024 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is an international award for original, freestanding or wall-mounted sculptures of up to 80cm in any dimension.

Over its 23-year history, the prize has featured some of the world’s most exciting contemporary sculptures, and continues to promote and celebrate artistic excellence.



The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
An acquisitive award of $25,000

The Special Commendation Award
A non-acquisitive award of $2,000

The Mayor's Award
A non-acquisitive award of $1,000

The Viewers’ Choice
A non-acquisitive award of $1,000

Key Dates:

Entries open:
22 April 2024

Entries close:
30 June 2024

Finalists announced:
1 August 2024

Cut-off for artwork delivery to Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf:
25 August 2024

Winners announced:
12 September 2024

Exhibition of Finalists:
13 September to 20 October at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf


Liz Nowell

Liz Nowell is a curator and cultural leader with over 15 years’ experience working in Australian and international contemporary art. She is currently Executive Director of Arts Project Australia, a leading creative social enterprise that supports artists with intellectual disabilities and advocates for their inclusion in the arts sector. Prior to this, she was Executive Director of the Institute of Modern Art, founding Director of Adelaide Contemporary Experimental, and CEO of the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia. Major curatorial projects include Rainbow Serpent (Version): Daniel Boyd (IMA, Brisbane); Yhonnie Scarce: Missile Park (co-curator, IMA, Brisbane and ACCA, Melbourne); Making Art Work (IMA, Brisbane); CREATURE: Marianna Simnett (co-curator, IMA, Brisbane and City Gallery Wellington); and The Violet Ballet, Sally Smart (ACE, Adelaide).

Jarrod Rawlins

Jarrod Rawlins is Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Hobart, Tasmania. Since his appointment in 2013, he has worked on exhibitions, performances and commissions with many artists, including Marina Abramović, Matthew Barney, Daniel Boyd, Christoph Büchel, Mat Collishaw, Simon Denny, Marco Fusinato, Gilbert & George, Alfredo Jaar, Anthony McCall, Hermann Nitsch, Mike Parr and United Visual Artists. Before moving to Tasmania, Rawlins was the owner and co-founder of Uplands Gallery in Melbourne (2000–11). He is a graduate of the Art History program at the University of Melbourne, where he was also a tutor and part-time lecturer in art history and theory.

Erin Vink Photo credit: Anna-Kucera

Erin Vink is a Ngiyampaa curator and writer, living and working on Gadigal ngura. Currently, she is Curator, First Nations art (local and global) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. Her recent curatorial projects include Daniel Boyd: Treasure Island (2022-23, co-curated with Isobel Parker Philip), The National 2021: New Australian Art (2021), and Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology (2021-23, the Museum of Contemporary Native American Arts, Sante Fe). Vink is an alumnus of the National Gallery of Australia’s Indigenous Arts Leadership program, and she currently serves as the chair of Art Monthly Australasia (2022-). Her writing has been published extensively.


  1. For the purpose of the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, sculptures are defined as freestanding, non-site specific, three-dimensional objects or wall-mounted objects.
  2. Entries should not exceed 80cm in any dimension, and must have a stable base (or appropriate mount). The overall weight and dimensions must allow for easy transportation, and not exceed the carrying capacity of two average persons.
  3. All entries must be the original work of the submitting artist and must have been designed or completed within two years prior to September 2024
  4. There is no limit to the number of entries an artist can submit. A separate entry form and fee must accompany each entry. Only one work per artist will be shown in the exhibition.
  5. Collaborative entries are acceptable.

Terms and conditions:

  1. All works must be available for the full exhibition period (13 September to 20 October 2024).
  2. Artists selected for exhibition are responsible for the transport of their work to and from Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf. This includes freight and transport costs in both directions.
  3. Artists selected for exhibition will be required to supply high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) images of their final work as well as other suitable supporting information, to assist with the promotion and interpretation of their work and the broader exhibition.  
  4. All works exhibited in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize will be for sale. Woollahra Council will deduct a commission of 40% plus 10% GST on this commission amount from the sale price of any works sold through the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize exhibition. Where relevant, 50% of this commission will be paid to the artist’s representative, and 50% will contribute towards the costs of staging the Prize. For artists registered for GST, under this arrangement, Woollahra Council will not be responsible for remitting GST in relation to the sale of the artwork to the ATO—that will be the artist’s responsibility. If the artist is registered for GST then they will need to factor GST into their sales price.
  5. Artists must nominate a sale price in Australian Dollars (AUD) on their entry form. If the artist is selected as a finalist, the sale price listed on the entry form will be considered final and will be used in all promotional materials.
  6. All care will be taken when handling finalists’ works, however, Woollahra Council will not be responsible for loss, theft or damage. Artists are responsible for insuring their own artworks.
  7. The presentation and placement of all finalists’ works within the exhibition will be at the discretion of Gallery team. All care will be taken to ensure that special display requirements are considered to ensure the integrity of the artwork.
  8. Artists retain the moral rights to their work:
    a) In accordance with the right of attribution (and the right against false attribution), the Artist will be correctly acknowledged in all reproductions and presentations of the work.
    b) In accordance with the right of integrity, Woollahra Council will to the best of its ability and based on what is within Council’s control, put in place safeguards that would limit the risk of the Artist’s work being subjected to derogatory treatment, which is any act in relation to the work that is in any manner harmful to the Artist’s honour or reputation.
  9. Artists retain the copyright of their work.
  10. Finalists grant Woollahra Council an unlimited, non-exclusive license to reproduce their work and biographical material for promotional purposes and as a feature of the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize archive. The artist and their gallery (if applicable) will be duly credited in all such materials (as per 8a.).
  11. In line with Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP) Rights:
    a) Artworks or texts containing ICIP will not be altered or adapted by Woollahra Council without the free, prior informed consent of the Artist.
    b) Council will consult with an internal expert and/or the artist to ensure that material containing ICIP will not be presented or framed in a manner that may be considered derogatory, degrading, inappropriate or offensive to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander communities.
    c) Exhibition interpretation will incorporate attribution of ICIP, as directed by the Artist.
    d) Woollahra Council recognises that using the likeness of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist after their passing may be culturally inappropriate. If notified of an Artist’s death, Council will, to the extent reasonably practical, remove the Artist’s likeness from any promotional material or publication under our control upon request by a family member or representative.

Entry process:

Artists can submit entries via the Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf website, providing their name, contact details, artist bio, artwork details (including up to 3 images, title, date, materials, dimensions, weight, price, handling, and display requirements), and an artwork statement.

A non-refundable entry fee of $55.30 (incl. GST and transaction fee) must accompany each entered work. Entry fees contribute towards the cost of organising the Prize and exhibition. Payment is made via Paypal.

Selection process:

  1. It is anticipated that between 45-60 entries will be selected for the exhibition of finalists.
  2. Judges will decide the winners of the 2024 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and the Special Commendation Award from the works selected for exhibition.
  3. The Mayor of Woollahra will decide the recipient of the 2024 Mayor’s Award.
  4. The 2024 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Special Commendation Award and the Mayor’s Award will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on 12 September 2024.
  5. The Viewers’ Choice Award - voted on by the public - will be announced following the conclusion of the exhibition.


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