Art Acquisition Award Announced

Kingborough Council announced the winner of the Kingborough Council Acquisitive Prize for 2021 at the opening of the Art Farm Birches Bay Annual Sculpture Prize Exhibition ‘Biotic Forms – Resurgence’ by Ulrike Hora.

Cr Sue Bastone said our continuing relationship with Art Farm provides us the opportunity to engage the community in art and integrate art into our public spaces.

“The fantastic array of sculptures in this year’s trail made the decision-making process difficult for the selection panel,” Cr Bastone said.

“We were impressed with the quality of Ulrike’s ceramic works and the way they interplayed with nature with the shapes of buds, flowers, stems and seeds.”

Ulrike said the work was inspired by the cycles of nature and described them as being at once both earthly and alien.

Ms Ulrike moved with her family to Kettering in 2019, after having been part of numerous ceramic communities around Australia since moving to Australia when she was 16. In 2020 Ulrike won the small sculpture award at Art Farm.

“We plan to exhibit the work in a secure public space, such as the Kingborough Community Hub and have lots of ideas brewing as to the form that exhibition might take,” Cr Bastone said.

“The Art Farm continues to host our Acquisition from last year, ‘Squall’ by Ben Beams, which remains installed [on loan] at the Art Farm until it’s new location is ready next year as part of our Transform Kingston project,” said Cr Bastone.

A panel assessed the works and selected in accordance with Council’s “Public Art and Art Collection Policy”.

The selection panel for the Kingborough Council Acquisitive Prize comprised Cr Sue Bastone, Council’s Urban Designer, Mr Paul Donnelly and Director Environment, Development and Community, Dr Katrena Stephenson.