James Parrett wins major Sculpture by the Sea prize


The major acquisitive prize from Sculpture by the Sea has been awarded to James Parrett. The Victorian artist took out the $70,000 Aqualand Sculpture Award with his large metal sculpture M-fortysix. This work will now find a permanent home at Headland Park in Mosman.

M-fortysix is one of those sculptures that was very special to me all the way from model to finished form,” Parrett said of his winning work. “I am blown away that the judges loved it as much as I do. I can’t wait to see M-fortysix at its new home in Headland Park and hope the public will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.”

This year the judging panel consisted of artist Jennifer Turpin; Geoffrey Edwards, curator at Point Leo Estate Sculpture Park; and sculptor Clara Hali who also lecturers at the National Art School in Sydney. They selected Parrett’s work from a field of 107 sculptures by artists from 21 countries.

Chinese artist Mu Boyan won the $5,000 Waverley Council Mayor’s Award for his work Horizon, a comic sculpture of a fleshy man. “I am so glad to see Australian people like my work,” said Mu Boyan. “I had a wonderful time in Sydney and enjoy the beautiful Bondi Beach. Many thanks and with my best wishes to all of you!”

Sculpture by the Sea is on along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk in Sydney until 4 November. In early 2019, it will then travel to Cottesloe Beach in Perth.

Sculpture by the Sea: Bondi
18 October – 4 November

Sculpture by the Sea: Cottesloe
1-18 March 2019

News Words by Art Guide Australia