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Four Peninsula artists are vying for the 2020 Montalto Sculpture Prize, which will be announced at Montalto in Red Hill on Sunday, February 23. They are Ben Carroll, from Hastings, Ewen Coates and Christabel Wigley, from Somers, and Red Hill’s Julia Sides, who is collaborating with Melbourne-based artist Martin George. Christabel has been a finalist 11 times while this is Julia’s first year as a finalist.

The $40,000 Montalto Sculpture Prize, which this year features 24 works, is one of the most valuable private sculpture prizes in Australia, and the winning piece will become a permanent part of the stunning sculpture trail at Montalto. All of the entries in this year’s final will be on display and available for purchase until the end of August. 

“The Montalto Sculpture Prize has grown to become one the most anticipated events in the Australian art calendar, and it’s astonishing to be celebrating 18 years of Montalto Sculpture Prize in 2020,” said Montalto creative director Neil Williams.  “We’re particularly delighted to see so many returning artists, many of them amongst the very best in their discipline.”

Among this year’s finalists are Shawn Begley, Ralf Driessen, Philip Cooper and Faustas Sadauskas, all of whom were finalists in the inaugural prize in 2003. 

Many of the pieces confirmed for 2020 have been completed, but over the next few weeks other artists will be completing their works and you can follow their progress on Instagram @montaltosculptureprize 

From 2003-2019, Montalto has exhibited 444 sculptures and awarded more than $368,000 in prizemoney. There are now 33 sculptures that make up the permanent collection on the sculpture trail, which winds its way through the property and is open daily from 11am-5pm as a beautiful natural gallery that provides diverse settings for the pieces. 

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