Lorne Sculpture Biennale

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Women Sculptors Initiative

The Women Sculptors Initiative has been created by the curator of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale to raise essential funds to pay grants to women sculptors who have been selected to exhibit at the event.

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The Lorne Sculpture Biennale was established in 2007. In 2018 we will hold the 6th Biennale. Equality and equal opportunity are important to us, thus we have achieved gender parity throughout our selection process. Therefore many women sculptors from Australia and around the world will be represented next year. The key theme of the 2018 event is the environment and artists will explore important themes such as diversity, endangerment, climate change, global junk and technology in their work.

Each artist selected receives a grant to help make and install their work. This can be a challenge for many women sculptors, who often don’t have immediate access to capital thus we have established this fund to help women artists make their work and participate on an even playing field.

Sculpture has always been a very expensive medium to work in, especially outdoor public sculpture that is of scale and note. Many of the pioneers of modern sculpture in Australia have been women who have overcome the obstacles of capital and receiving viable public commissions to support their practice. In the 21st century this is becoming harder for women sculptors as costs of production rise. The Lorne Sculpture Biennale has always supported women sculptors and now we want to formalise this support through the Women Sculptors Initiative (WSI) so that we can continue to support women artists to make and exhibit their innovative and inspirational work at this important regional Australian public art event.

Every dollar donated will be provided to the women sculptors who have been selected to exhibit at the Lorne Sculpture Biennale by way of individual grants. Sculpture Trail grants are $2000, Performance grants are $5,000 and major project grants are $10,000. The WSI will fund those grants. In addition, the fund will establish a pool of money for additional fabrication costs sculptors may face, which will be rebated to the fund if the work sells. Interested donors can visit our website at www.lornesculpture.com or contact the curator directly at curator@lornesculpture.com. By giving to the WSI, donors will be actively participating in the long history of Australian women sculptors who have pioneered sculpture in this country.

Lorne Sculpture Inc. launches the Women Sculptors Initiative in time for the Lorne Sculpture Biennale in 2018.

This premier regional Australian outdoor sculpture event was established in 2007. In 2018 the organisation will hold its seventh Biennale in the unique Otway Ranges township of Lorne. Over 60,000 people visit the event each time, many of whom are return patrons.

Over the years we have helped to nurture many artist’s careers by showing their work in the sublime surroundings of Loutitt Bay and the Lorne foreshore and bringing their practice to the attention of our diverse audiences.




Maree Wiggins


Megan Rowland