Contemporary Small Sculpture Award
When: 23 August - 13 October 2023
The Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award is an annual competition showcasing outstanding sculptures from artists across Australia. An exhibition of finalists' work is held each year in August to October at the Deakin University Art Gallery.
Image: Installation image of the 2023 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University Art Gallery, August 2023, photography Simon Peter Fox.
Julian Di Martino
Natalie Quan Yau Tso
Supported by Community Bank at Deakin University.
Virtual tour artwork labels
Artworks left to right on gallery walls, then middle to end.
Linda Judge, Reconstituted Orange, wooden log, plastic lids
Natalie Tso, your spit is my nest, my saliva and guar gum on isomalt crystals (sugar) coated with nail polish varnish
Melanie Cobham, Melodies for Migrants, music box, expired passport
Jenna Lee, Dilly Can, pages of Aboriginal Words and Place Names, book binding thread, book cover board, Courtesy of MARS Gallery
Nina Sanadze, Gramophone: Rethinking, reworking, reshaping… monuments… what are the possibilities… (series), clay, resin, hydrostone, acrylics, glue. Sculpture incorporates a replica of a studio plaster model of a revolutionary by Soviet monumental sculptor Valentin Topuridze (1907-1980), Courtesy of Daine Singer
Sam Kariotis, Preservation, cardstock, tin
Kenny Pittock, Koala Teddy, acrylic on ceramic, Courtesy of MARS Gallery
Lori Pensini, Farm yard, oil on xanthorrhoea heart wood (grass tree heart wood), Courtesy of Gallerysmith, North Melbourne
Carolyn Menzies, Rewilding, acrylic, sponge, gouache, tapestry fragments, glass-head pins and glue
Carmel Wallace, Lone Pine Colony, pine needles, hair, thread
Bettina Willner, Wave Motion, stoneware glazed ceramic, Courtesy of Saint Cloche Gallery, NSW & Lennox St Gallery (formerly Metro Gallery), Victoria
Kirsteen Pieterse, Subsidence, acrylic and stainless steel, Courtesy of Utopia Art Sydney
Alana Wilson, Map of Fragility, stoneware with magnesium markings and shell salt flashing, Courtesy of ReadingRoom
Carly Fischer, Slip II 2023, concrete & basalt aggregate, ceramic, acrylic paint
Dónal Molloy-Drum, The Leaning, stainless steel, wood veneer, Courtesy of Flinders Lane Gallery
Anindita Banerjee, Sand Time, blown soda lime glass, wood charcoal, recycled glass jewellery, old dupatta, Mahaprasad
Julian Di Martino, Deceased estate (dressing table), wood, acrylic paint
Augustine Dall'Ava, Paradox no 10 2022-23, painted wood, painted stone, travertine
Naomi Eller, Navigation home 2022-23, ceramic, pigment, wax, gold leaf, steel plinth
Gillian Bencke, Amphora, felt, velvet, sequins, glass beads, thread, buttons, found items, lead
Samara Adamson-Pinczewski, Conical 2, acrylic and iridescent acrylic with UV gloss on ABS resin (SLA), Courtesy of Charles Nodrum Gallery
WONG Ching Yee (Jenny), Mask (III) – Forward, porcelain, acrylic board
Shirley Macnamara, The Gathering Laga Bag, spinifex, ochre, kangaroo bone, galah feathers, porcupine (echidna) quills, bullock bone, silver wire, gold leaf, spinifex resin, polymer fixative, Courtesy of Alcaston Gallery
Daniel Press, Revenants of Queen's Square, wax
Kendal Murray, Freelance Chance, Expanse Enhance, mixed media of metal, fabric, paper, polyurethane, wire, paint, Courtesy of Flinders Lane Gallery
Patrick Heath, Death Mask, plaster, milk varnish
Annette Bukovinsky, Recompense, fired clay, cardboard and plastic, Courtesy of Stanley Street Gallery
Louise Skacej, Lake Spomin, bronze
David Jensz, "Spin", river stone, lead, Courtesy of Australian Galleries
Simon Zoric, Untitled (Blue), aluminium, automotive paint, quartz, apatite, Courtesy of Lon Gallery
Jo Lane, mid-air, marble, rope and wax, Courtesy of Oigall Projects
Amy Cohen, Finding Space, raffia and Manila hemp paper raffia
Alicia King, Aeolian Dust , iron, resin, mineral pigments
Hiromi Tango, Ou Ka 桜花 | 謳歌 (Flower Song), textile and mirrored Perspex, Courtesy of Sullivan+Strumpf
Emma Coulter, Double tuck, enamel on steel, Courtesy of James Makin Gallery
Tala Kaalim, Avoir le Beurre et l'argent du Beurre, glass
Gail Hastings, Space holder lost when one day relocating its half-cylinder space, half-cylinder of space, acrylic on wood
Petr Zly, Finding the Floor, polylactide, polyurethane, steel, acrylic, pigments
Ourania Amvrazis, Speculative Futures: a simulation of future cities constructed through sound, PLA
Vipoo Srivilasa, Kiln God Altar, porcelain, earthenware, stoneware, air dry clay, mixed media, gold luster, gold leaf glaze, acrylic paint and glaze, Courtesy of Scott Livesey Galleries
Exhibitions are held at the Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus and the Deakin University Burwood Library Space. Please click on the below link to see what exhibitions we have coming up this year.
Exhibitions are held at the Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne Burwood Campus and the Deakin University Burwood Library Space. Please click on the below link to find a selection of previous exhibitions, including immersive virtual tours. Interactive catalogues for our past exhibitions are available via Issuu.
Education and public programs
Public programs at Deakin University Art Gallery include floor talks, panel presentations and seminars. We also offer education programs for schools and community groups that feature guided exhibition and collection tours, behind-the-scenes presentations and hands-on workshops.
The Deakin University Art Gallery offers a range of vibrant and diverse education programs based on current exhibitions and the art collection. All programs are free of charge and can be tailored to suit your schools' needs and/or interests.
Community group programs and guided tours
We offer a range of different options for community groups, including outreach programs based around the Deakin University Art Collection. Contact us with your requirements and we can tailor a session for your group or arrange a guided tour.
For self-guided tours, download one of our free art collection (Deakin Downtown and Warrnambool Campus) or Sculpture Walk guides (Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds and Geelong Waterfront campuses).
Deakin University Art Collection
The Deakin University Art Collection is a unique and treasured collection of contemporary artworks by some of Australia’s leading artists. The collection reflects the cultural aspirations of Deakin and plays a significant role in creating a welcoming environment on campus, enriching the experience of university life and contributing to philosophical inquiry and creative research.
The collection first came together with artworks from Deakin University’s antecedent institutional collections including the Victoria State Teachers College, Prahran College of Advanced Education, the Douglas McDonnell and others. It now consists of approximately 2400 artworks by over 900 artists.
The collection is comprised of examples of innovative creative practices including achievements in painting, sculpture, print, drawing, ceramic, photography, textiles and includes one of Australia’s largest holdings of artist books. Importantly, it is home to cherished artworks by First Peoples, including many artists that are based in South-Eastern Australia. It also houses artworks by our past and present students and staff, telling a special story of the Deakin University origins and its community.
A selection of important works in the collection are by artists such as: Hoda Afshar, George Baldessin, Gordon Bennett, Uncle Jim Berg, Ronald Bull, Arthur Boyd, Stephen Bram, Maree Clarke, John Cato, Vicki Couzens, Mikala Dwyer, Fayen d’Evie, Robert Fielding, Emily Floyd, Sally Gabori, Simyrn Gill, Aunty Marlene Gilson, Elizabeth Gower, Inge King, Robert Klippel, Hayley Millar-Baker, Sidney Nolan, Lin Onus, John Olsen, Robert Rooney, Mike Parr, Kerrie Poliness, The Ken Sisters, Jenny Watson, Ron Robertson-Swann and Fred Williams among many others.
Maintaining and developing this collection demonstrates the University’s ongoing interest in the study, patronage and advancement of the visual arts in Australia. Acquisition highlights can often be found through our social media.
We are always happy to consider donations from artists and collectors as direct donations or through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program, please email us for more information. If you have a research or collection enquiry, please contact the Art Gallery team.
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Deakin University Art Gallery
Melbourne Burwood Campus
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, VIC 3125
To find the gallery on campus, enter Deakin University via Entrance 1, (Holland Avenue), off Burwood Highway. Continue straight for 500 metres. As you pass the overhead foot bridge, the gallery is on your right. If arriving by car, you can park in any of the bays on the left of Holland Avenue. Alternatively, follow Holland Avenue all the way around to the second parking entrance.
Banner image: Adrian Mauriks, ‘Strange Fruit 2010’, painted epoxy resin, 235 x 700 x 200cm. Deakin University Art Collection. Gift of the artist, 2020. Photography Simon Peter Fox. Image courtesy the artist estate. Pictured in situ at the Melbourne Campus at Burwood.
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