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Exciting plans for LSB 2014
At the recent launch of the fourth Lorne Sculpture Biennale, inspiring plans were revealed by Curator Julie
Collins. These new initiatives will expand an already significant and comprehensive program and ‘raise the
bar’. Excitement in the art world is growing as proposals come in from around Australia and the world, in
response to the call for expressions of interest. The Lorne Sculpture Biennale will showcase artists whose
sculptures are reflective of the contemporary ideas and concepts that important artists of our time are
conveying in their practice. Julie Collins’ words have no doubt inspired sculptors: “…I am looking for artists
whose practice occupies or utilizes the 3D, achieves high levels of artistic integrity, quality and above all,
Spanning three weeks and four weekends the Sculpture Trail will present works from the Pier to the Erskine
River - 40 sculptures from all over Australia and beyond. One artist will be chosen receive the Sculpture
Trail Award of $25,000 plus a one-month studio residency and accommodation in New York.
Five artists/artist teams – a total of 20 artists - will be on display over all four weekends of the exhibition,
each creating a sculptural piece over two days. The audiences will see real-time creativity and engage with
the process and the artists over the duration of the project.
This time small sculptures will be presented in one venue, showing the sculptures in a curated light and
allowing the audience to experience this important practice in the sculptural landscape.
Performance Art Projects
Adding even more excitement right through the event program will be the presentation of a performance art
piece on each weekend of the event. Some of Australia’s most renowned performance artists have agreed
to present pieces, including Domenic de Clario, Tony Yap & Ken and Julia Yothani. They’ll be joined by an
international artist - more news to come on this one…
Main Street Commission – just point your phone!
With the decision not to have the small sculptures in the shop windows, an exciting new plan has been
devised to engage the whole town and let everyone know that the Lorne Sculpture Biennale is happening.
Curator Julie Collins has commissioned Heidi Wood to create an artwork made up of 100 images, which
extends across the main street, on footpaths, external walls and selected windows. Heidi is an expat
Australian artist who has been living in Paris for over 20 years and has developed a significant career in
creating public art projects of this scale. Images of the sculpture trail pieces from the three previous
exhibitions will be used to design graphic shapes printed on non-slip aluminum backed pavement material.
Small QR codes will allow the viewer via their smart phone to research the artists further, being directed to
their website or the archives of the Lorne sculpture website. A competition comprising a small booklet with
questions relating to the sculpture images will encourage all to explore the whole street to find each image.
Fun for the whole family! This project will not only create interest in the main street, but also promote LSB
history by showcasing the artists who have been a part of the 2007, 2009 and 2011 exhibitions.
The status of the 2014 Lorne Sculpture Biennale will be raised further by the appointment of three high
profile judges, including Tony Ellwood, Director of the National Gallery of Victoria and Jason Smith, Director
and CEO of the Heide Museum of Modern Art. A third, international judge is yet to be announced.
Education & Involvement
Feedback from our community told us that in 2011 adults would have loved an opportunity to experience
making sculpture – why should children’s workshops and VCE projects have all the fun? So for 2014 a
comprehensive program has been developed to embrace locals and visitors alike in the rewarding
experience of creating a sculpture.
The Collectors Project
The Collectors Project will comprise a series of tours, workshops, kits and presentations to help potential
collectors delve into this mysterious world. People will be encouraged to take the leap and start a collection
- even if it’s a collection of one!
Organizations such as schools, art societies and other membership groups will be encouraged to come to
Lorne for mid-week tours and lunch packages. This targeted campaign will help expose the exhibition and
expand audiences for sculpture in general whilst boosting the midweek visitation in Lorne.
The Scarlett Award
A new initiative for Lorne Sculpture, this nation-wide award is aimed at developing critical writing about
contemporary sculpture. The Award is named after Ken Scarlett, a curator and writer on Australian
sculpture who regards himself as an observer and reporter, actively working to promote Australian
sculpture for over 40 years. Open to Australian professional and non-professional critics, artists and writers
it gives all the opportunity to contribute reviews about sculpture exhibitions or public art installations
whether that is a solo, group, or a major event within Australia.
Our Artistic Patron is: Inge King, Australia’s pre-eminent sculptor.
Our Patrons include: Lyndsey Cattermole AC (high profile businesswoman), Kerry Gardner (Board member
of Myer Foundation Arts & Humanities Committee), Ian Hicks AM (highly successful businessman and avid
sculpture collector), Corbett Lyon (highly-regarded architect and one of Australia’s top Arts collectors and
commentators) and Sigrid Thornton (world-renowned actress);
Our Artistic Advisory Panel comprises: Daryl Le Grew AC (Senate President of the Australian Academy of
Design), Maudie Palmer AO (founding director of Heide and Tarrawarra, who has an unparalleled
knowledge of sculpture), Ken Scarlett OAM (doyen of Australian sculpture), Mark Schaller (Director of the
Australian Artists’ Association and widely-exhibited artist) and Jason Smith (Director and CEO of Heide).
Our Fundraising Advisory Panel comprises: Ian Hicks AM, Tony Hancy (owner of Prancing Horse Estate
vineyard and major sculpture collector), Corbett Lyon and Baillieu Myer AC (Past President of the Myer
Foundation, owner of Elgee Park vineyard and significant sculpture collector).