“FOLK is best when it’s contemporary, but tradition is important”, National Folk Festival director Pam Merrigan told those present last night at the launch of the 2019 event, coming to Exhibition Park in Canberra over […]
CONGRATULATIONS to Canberra sculptor Stephen Harrison, one of the chosen selected recipients in AMP’s $1m “Tomorrow Makers 2015” project.Harrison, who lives and works in Downer, receives $10,000 to produce a series of work in bronze, a medium, he told “CityNews”, has been “previously a bit unaffordable for me”.
Harrison, a graduate first in black and white art and then in sculpture from the ANU’s School of Art, has also exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Sculpture by the Edge, Sculpture in the Garden, Sculpture in the Paddock, Sculpture in the Street and Rookwood Cemetery’s “Hidden.”
In recent years his plaster sculptures have won awards, notably YASSarts’ 2014 ‘Sculpture in the Paddock’ and Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s 2015 Exhibition Award.
Some of the other recipients in “Tomorrow Makers 2015” are Kirsten Atkinson, designer and Aboriginal arts advocate from Mullaway in NSW, Janice Ablett, nurse and drug rehabilitator from Gippsland, Fernanda Helfer, engineer and clean energy researcher from Surfers Paradise and Debbie Watson, doctor and medical researcher from Mollymook on the south coast.
Harrison tells “Citynews” his goal is to create four bronze sculptures of various sizes in the ANU School of Art sculpture workshop and to stage a solo exhibition in Sydney.
“For me, the main thing is making more sculpture, and bronze is a great medium to use…I’m determined to create bold, beautiful and contemporary artwork,” Harrison says.