Bigger isn’t always better — our houses are now the largest in the world and we have a carbon footprint to match. Our public art tends to be big too, making it expensive, time consuming and harder to take artistic risks. The Tiny Sculpture Prize will give Artists + Architects a high profile public platform to explore big ideas and issues on a smaller, more manageable scale. The Model Tudor Village will provide a unique context to respond in a fun and thought provoking way to issues relating to size, sustainability and what home means in contemporary Australia today.
The Model Tudor Village is a popular tourist attraction in Melbourne’s renowned Fitzroy Gardens. A curious gift given to Melbourne in 1948 by the City of Lambeth (England) in appreciation for food aid sent during the Second World War, the buildings represent a typical Kentish village built during the Tudor period.
The Tiny Sculpture Prize will run as part of the 2019 Sustainable Living Festival which attracts 150,000 visitors plus 10,000 more who pass through the Gardens every day.
Hosting this unique cultural event in a popular, public tourist attraction will make leading contemporary art and architecture accessible to a wider audience that wouldn’t normally visit a gallery or art prize.
We need to raise $10,000 by May 31, but without your support the Tiny Sculpture Prize won’t happen (Art prizes are not unfortunately eligible for grants administered by major arts funding bodies like the Australia Council and Creative Victoria). The Tiny Sculpture Prize is however supported by Creative Partnerships Australia who will generously match every dollar raised. As well as doubling your gift giving dollar, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.
All finances will be administered by Auspicious Arts Projects and used exclusively for insurance, marketing and communication (to publicise the open call to artists), signage, catering for the exhibition opening and awards night, legal and administration fees, security for the duration of the exhibition and prize money for the winning Artist or Architect.
SIZE DOES MATTER
There are lots of art prizes but nothing quite like this. With your help the Tiny Sculpture Prize will become a high profile annual event that challenges and entertains with thought provoking interventions in a high profile public site of cultural and historical significance.