2022 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

Exhibition dates: 13 October 2022 - 20 November 2022


2022 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Acquisitive Award: Bruce Reynolds, Animal Krater

Special Commendation Award: Nabilah Nordin, Glut Cherry

Mayor's Award: Peter Tilley, The Next Voyage

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The 2022 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize judges were Kon Gouriotis OAM, José Da Silva and Joan Ross.

Kon Gouriotis OAM

Kon Gouriotis OAM has held various Australian visual arts leadership roles, including Director of the Australia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Board, the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, and the Australian Centre for Photography. He is the Editor of Artist Profile magazine, a visual arts writer and curator, and co-founder of Bandicoot Publishing. In 2022 he curated the survey exhibitions Steve Lopes Encountered, for S.H. Ervin Gallery and Orange Regional Gallery, and co-curated Mick Richards Above & Below for Redcliffe Art Gallery and Nationalism in the Wake of COVID for Macquarie University Gallery. He is also co-editor of artist Khaled Sabsabi book, due in November 2022.

José Da Silva

Photo: Jacquie Manning

José Da Silva is a curator and writer and currently Director of UNSW Galleries, where he has developed a dynamic program of contemporary Australian art and design since 2018. He is also the curator of the 2024 Adelaide Biennial of Contemporary Art. Between 2006 and 2018, he contributed to an ambitious program of exhibitions, commissions, acquisitions and projects at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, including a key role in the curatoriums for five editions of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art. Selected curatorial projects include Gordon Hookey: A MURRIALITY (2022-24, with Liz Nowell and touring nationally); Jacobus Capone: Orisons (2022); Sam Smith: Capture (2021); The Colour Line: W. E. B Du Bois and Archie Moore (2021); Friendship as a Way of Life (2020, with Kelly Doley); Wansolwara: One Salt Water (2020, with Mikala Tai), and Gemma Smith: Rhythm Sequence (2019).

Joan Ross

Joan Ross works across the platforms of painting, printmaking, video animation, sculpture, installation, and virtual reality. With an interest in the effects of globalisation and colonisation, Joan has a particular focus on reconfiguring the colonial Australian landscape and drawing attention to this complex legacy and ongoing issues surrounding it.

Joan has exhibited widely, both locally and internationally, and has been awarded numerous awards and grants. She won the Sulman Prize in 2017 (and is the judge of the prize for 2022), has been an Archibald Prize finalist in 2021 and 2022, received the Mordant Family Virtual Reality Commission in 2018, and the Glenfiddich Artist in Residency in 2016. Recent projects include designing the hoarding for The Art Gallery of New South Wales' Sydney Modern expansion, and illuminating the façade of The National Gallery of Australia during the 2021 Enlighten Festival.

Joan’s work is held in major public and private collections including the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of NSW, the Kaldor Collection, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, and many regional galleries across Australia.