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Harbour Sculpture Exhibition 2015

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
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Contemporary Australian sculpture at its best in Sydney
HarbourSculpture is a unique ten day exhibition of contemporary Australian sculptures that will be held from the 30th of July to the 9th August at Clarkes Reserve and Deckhouse.

The inside works will be hosted by the Deckhouse from the 30th of July until the 5th of August, while the outside pieces will be on display from the 30th of July until the 9th of August 2015 on Clarkes Reserve.

HarbourSculpture 2015. Now in its 3rd year. Photo courtesy of HarbourSculpture.


Now in its third year, the number of pieces increased, as well as the number of artists and awards.

In their first year of holding this exhibition, HarbourSculpture was awarded the Australia Day Award for the Hunters Hill Community Event of the Year 2013. They were overwhelmed with the success of the exhibition, receiving so much positive feedback from the Hunters Hill community, sculptors, visitors, sponsors and supporters, that they returned again in 2014 with 71 artists displaying 80 pieces of work.

The HarbourSculpture team were recognised with the awarding of an Australia Day Award for the Hunters Hill Community Event of the Year 2013. Photo courtesy of Harbour Sculpture.


2015 has seen an increase to a total of 112 pieces of work created by 88 Australian artists. Entries were sent in from NSW, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania, and were narrowed down to the 112 pieces by renowned Judges Graham Forsyth, the Associate Dean of University of NSW's Faculty of Art and Design and Michael Goldberg, the Associate Professor from the University of Sydney.

The judges for the 2015 HarbourSculpture Exhibition. Photo courtesy of HarbourSculpture.


They had the hard choice of narrowing down over 180 entries.
The winners of the 9 awards will be announced on the Opening night on Thursday the 30th of July.

In 2014 there were 5 awards that the artists were competing for. They were:

URM First Prize for outside. $5,000

Feather Hull by Mark Swartz won the URM first prize for outside in 2014. Mark is back in 2015. Photo courtesy of HarbourSculpture.


Rennie Family First prize for inside. $2,000

An amazing piece won by Senden Blackwood for Py in 2014. Photo courtesy of HarbourSculpture.


AGL Energy Peoples' Choice. $2,000

Won by Karen Farrell & Amanda Hale for Meeting Place. The people Choice for 2014. Photo courtesy of HarbourSculpture.


SHFT Photo Prize Cockatoo Island Glamping package.

The winning photo for 2014. Photo courtesy of HarbourSculpture.


One of the winners was mondaymundane (an Instagrammer) who took the amazing photo of 'Beatrice Bush Paper Seller" created by Julie Haseler-Reily. So this year don't forget to take your camera along and take a few photos yourself. You never know, you may take the winning photo for 2015!

J Steel Australasia Stipends. $500 each

Won by Patsy Payne for Hold 6.
Won by Richard Tipping for Where the Art is.
Won by Kylie Rose McLean for Mapping Place.
Won by Julie Haseler-Reilly for Beatrice

This year, there are more awards than last year, bringing the total to 9. They are;

URM Sustainability Prize. $2,500

Belle Property Prize for work priced under $3,000

Exhibition Space 1 weeks exhibition space at HHAG

Kirk Family Stipends award.

Bringing the total of prizes to more than $18,000.

HarbourSculpture is a group of independent, not-for-profit project run by volunteers who put their heart and soul into making the HarbourSculpture exhibition one of the best that is around. Sue Turner and Julie Service acknowledge that without the generous help of all the sponsors, supporters and volunteers this exhibition wouldn't be as great as it is.

The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP launches the HarbourSculpture 2015 pictured with members of the organising committe Juile Service, Sue Turner, Linda Bell and Judy Ryan.


To view sponsors click here.

To become a volunteer click here.

To see who are the artists for 2015 click here.

To find out how to get to the exhibition click here.

Maybe you would like to make a morning or afternoon of coming to this exhibition by the water at the Clarkes Point Reserve, Woolwich Dock and the Deckhouse. Woolwich Dock has a rich maritime history, its maritime activities started here as early as the 1880s. In fact, during the two World Wars, the dock was used to convert passenger vessels to armed troopships! Today, the Woolwich Dock is managed by the Harbour Trust, but it still continues its maritime activities on a smaller scale.

Take the time out to browse around the Woolwich Dock while you are there. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.


This is one of the great historic shipyards of Sydney Harbour, that provides boat owners with berthing and quality repair and maintenance services.

The Clarkes Point Reserve is a nice picnic venue as there are free electric barbecues, toilet facilities, picnic tables and shaded areas to lay your picnic rug. It's easy to feel relaxed here with the peaceful surrounds and the magnificent harbour view in the background. The parking here is a pay and display system. Click here for more information.

While at the exhibition, you may like to have either breakfast, lunch or just coffee and cake at the Deckhouse which overlooks the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers with views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

While at the HarbourSculpture Exhibition, why don't you stop for a bite to eat at the Deckhouse. Photo courtesy of the Deckhouse.


Or maybe while you are strolling around the exhibition, you would like to take the time out to just sit on the foreshores of the Clarkes Point Reserve and take in the wonders of the great waterways we have in Sydney Harbour. The view across the entrance of the Lane Cove River to Sydney is great.

Take the time to just chill out while at the HarbourSculpture 2015. Photo courtesy of HarbourSculpture.


Even if you live out of the area and you would like to leave your car at home, you could catch a train to Circular Queue and then board a ferry to Woolwich. From here it is just a short walk to Clarkes Point Reserve and Woolwich Dock. Either on the way there, you may like to stop off at the Woolwich Pier Hotel for a bite to eat and a pint.

Stop off at the Woolwich Pier Hotel on the way back from the HarbourSculpture Exhibition. Photo courtesy of HarbourSculpture.


So if you are looking for somewhere to go from the 30th of July to the 9th of August and you would like to see the 112 great creations that have been created by 88 amazing artists. This is the place to be.

Maybe you will like a certain piece so much that you would like to take it home. This is possible, as they are all for sale.
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Why? Great place to see some contemporary Australian sculpture in Sydney
When: Daily. 8.30am to 4.30pm
Phone: (02) 9879 9400
Where: Clarkes reserve and Deckhouse at Woolwich
Cost: Free
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Ok, who has been to see Harboursculpture? We went today and it was terrific. Plenty of great pieces of work to be seen and buy if you want. Also had a great lunch at the Deckhouse. You should get yourself along.
by Gary Brown (score: 2|496) 1388 days ago
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