Prize & Awards

Entries are now closed. Please click here for the key dates.


Melbourne Prize
for Urban Sculpture 2017

$60,000

The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2017, through proposals for an artwork or a completed artwork, will inspire creativity of sculpture in the urban environment and how it can enrich and inform public life.

Finalists

Six (6) finalists will be selected to exhibit their entered work at Federation Square from 13 to 27 November 2017. Federation Square should be viewed only as the exhibition space. An entry does NOT have to be developed specifically for this space.

The finalist exhibition is supported by Federation Square.

Federation Square

Artist fees

An artist fee of $4,000 (incl.GST) will be provided to each of the six (6) finalists in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2017 to assist with the costs of preparing entries for the public exhibition at Federation Square. The artist fees are generously supported by C H (Roger) Brookes.

Entrants in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2017 may submit either a completed artwork or a proposal for an artwork.

The Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2017 is supported by The Vera Moore Foundation, The Tallis Foundation and the Melbourne Prize Trust.

Vera Moore Foundation The Tallis Foundation
Melbourne Prize Trust


Rural & Regional Development Award 2017

$40,000

The Rural & Regional Development Award 2017 will provide a sculptor in rural and regional Victoria with the opportunity to develop their practice.

Supported by The Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation to provide opportunities to sculptors in rural and regional Victoria.

The Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation


Professional Development Award 2017

$10,000 + Qantas $2,500 voucher and a professional practice opportunity at the Norma Redpath Studio, Melbourne

The Professional Development Award 2017 will provide a Victorian sculpture with the opportunity to travel, plus attend a residency at the Norma Redpath Studio in Melbourne and a cash sum, to develop their practice.

Supported by the Melbourne Prize Trust, Qantas, the Victorian College of the Arts and The University of Melbourne.

Victorian College of the Arts and University of Melbourne

Qantas

Melbourne Prize Trust

(New) Public Artwork Design Concept Award 2017

Crafting a City of Literature

$10,000

The Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office and the Melbourne Prize Trust are working together with this new Award to acknowledge Melbourne's designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.

This Award seeks design concepts only for a public artwork from Victorian sculptors that would celebrate Melbourne’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. The entered design concept must be conceived for public open space in the urban environment.

Supported by the UNESCO Melbourne City of Literature Office.

Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office


Civic Choice Award 2017

$4,000

Awarded to a finalist in the Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture 2017 and the Public Artwork Design Concept Award 2017 – Crafting a City of Literature and the recipient of the Rural & Regional Development Award 2017 with the highest number of public votes cast online and during the Federation Square exhibition (13 to 27 November).

Supported by the Melbourne Prize Trust.

Melbourne Prize Trust

Voters will go into the running to win a luxury overnight stay at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, Melbourne’s Hotel for the Arts.

Sofitel


Key Dates

Entries Open

23 March 2017

Entries Close

17 May 2017 at 5pm

Announcement of finalists

14 June 2017

Public exhibition of finalists

13 to 27 November 2017

Announcement of recipients

15 November 2017

Announcement of Civic Choice Award 2017

1 December 2017


2017 Judges

Max Delany

Max Delany

Artistic Director & CEO/Australian Centre for Contemporary Art ACCA

Callum Morton

Professor Callum Morton

Artist & Head of Fine Art, Monash University Art Design & Architecture MADA

Simone Slee

Simone Slee

Artist & Head of Sculpture & Spatial Practice, School of Art, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne

Victoria Lynn

Victoria Lynn

Director, TarraWarra Museum of Art

Marie Sierra

Professor Marie Sierra

Artist & Deputy Dean & Head of School UNSW Australia, Art & Design

Pip Wallis

Pip Wallis

Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria

Partners & Patrons

Thank you to our 2017 partners and patrons

Partners and Patrons