2017 David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award

The aim of the David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award is to promote interest in and encourage the creation of sculpture in Australia, to help and give incentive to sculptors and provide them with additional monetary amounts, and to enable them to improve their skills and through the above improve the general public’s appreciation of sculpture. The award is valued at $12,000.

Applications for the Prize have now closed. The winner will be announced at the exhibition opening on August 9.

Selection Process

A panel of judges consisting of the SCA Dean or a member of staff nominated by the Dean, a highly respected practising sculptor, an art critic, and a Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Sydney, will shortlist applications.

Shortlisted applicants will be notified in June 2017.

The winner will be selected at a further meeting of the panel after inspecting the finalists' artwork on display in the DHT Finalist Exhibition at SCA on 9 August 2017.

Terms and Conditions of the Award

The David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award shall be awarded to the person who is judged to have produced the best original three dimensional visual creation, within the prescribed size and in any durable medium/media, submitted to SCA provided however that if the Judging Panel as hereinafter constituted is of the opinion that no original work submitted has sufficient merit to warrant an award being made or if there are insufficient funds in the view of the University to merit the making of an Award in a particular year then the University may refrain from making an Award in that year.

To be eligible for consideration by the Judging Panel a piece of sculpture must (to the satisfaction of the University):

  • be an original work of the artist;
  • have been completed not earlier than three (3) years before the closing date for the submission of entries;
  • be a three dimensional, free standing sculpture which when finished may occupy floor space up to but not exceeding two square metres with a weight not to exceed the carrying capacity of two average persons.

The applicant would be a person ordinarily resident in Australia during the four (4) years preceding the dosing date for the submission of entries.

The Award is open to practising sculptors. Early career researchers, postgraduate research students and postdoctoral fellows who are currently enrolled or employed at the University of Sydney, including those who have graduated at other universities in Australia or overseas, will be eligible to apply for an award

A panel of judges will short-list applications and select the winner. The Award will be made solely at the discretion of the judging panel based on the originality of the sculpture.

Applications for awards will be assessed on the basis of:

  • the quality of the proposed work or project;
  • the track record of the applicant relative to educational opportunity;
  • alignment of the proposed work or project with the existing activity and environment of the host department or school

The selected finalists agree to exhibit in the David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award Exhibition at SCA from 10 August – 9 September 2017. The location of the sculpture in the Award exhibition will be at the discretion of SCA.

The sculpture presented in jpeg format with the application is the sculpture to be exhibited in the Award exhibition.

The finalists will be fully responsible for the installation (3 – 8 August 2017) and de-installation (11 – 13 September 2017) of their work in the exhibition.

Finalists will be responsible for the transport/delivery of their sculpture to and from SCA and carry their own insurance. Whilst all due care will be taken, SCA will not be responsible for any damage, loss or theft that may occur to any sculpture.

Each finalist agrees to having his/her sculpture appear on the SCA website and in other publications.

The winner will be announced at the opening of this exhibition on 9 August 2017.

The winner will receive $12,000

The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.