New award makes a Splash at gallery

 Lee Bethel, Komon 2018, watercolour on hand-cut paper, 76 x 54cm. Image courtesy the artist.

Lee Bethel, Komon 2018, watercolour on hand-cut paper, 76 x 54cm. Image courtesy the artist.

McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, celebrated as the home of Australian sculpture, is located 45 minutes from Melbourne at the gateway to the Mornington Peninsula. With a wide-ranging collection of more than 100 sculptures, the park comprises 8ha of designed landscape and vast areas of indigenous bushland. McClelland’s light-filled café overlooks the sculpture park and serves innovative dishes with delicious produce from the Mornington Peninsula. The exhibition program focuses on the development of modern sculpture and various forms of spatial practice, and encourages contemporary artists to develop and address challenging issues current in Australia and a global context.

The Splash McClelland Contemporary Watercolour Award 2018 has been established to showcase contemporary Australian watercolour practice and is on from December 1-March 17. To be held every three years, it is an acquisitive award enabled by the Fornari Bequest, by the will of the late Lena May Fornari, and is a legacy of her support of the arts in Victoria. Lena May was an ardent collector of watercolours and the first acquisitions through this bequest were significant watercolour paintings. Continuing this tradition, Splash presents the work of contemporary Australian artists who use this medium in highly accomplished and innovative ways. The award will be judged by Linda Michael, independent curator and editor, with one highly commended work judged by Samantha Comte, curator at The Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne.

MCCLELLAND SCULPTURE PARK+GALLERY

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