We cooperate as an association to advance the practice of sculpture and the reputation and appreciation of sculpture and sculptors in the community. This is regardless of whether or not we make a living from sculpture and regardless of our preferred style or medium. To this end we support artists’ moral rights, we advocate a professional attitude to the production and presentation of work and encourage the artistic and intellectual stimulation of interaction amongst artists of all persuasions.

2014 Palmer Sculpture Biennial

When considering this bear in mind that MIFGS 2014 will be 26 to 30 March.

Here are the dates

The 2014 Palmer Sculpture Biennial is under a year away now. Opening Day will be Saturday March 8th and the last day will be Sunday 23rd. Works will be installed on the 6th and 7th. Interest in the event is coming from sculptors in all of the Eastern states. As momentum begins for an event which has gained a reputation around the quality of sculpture exhibited we thought it was time for a Newsletter.

Ken Scarlett, co-curator for Palmer 2014

To have Ken on board as co–curator for the 2014 Biennial is wonderful; his broad knowledge of sculpture in Australia is unmatched. His many decades of both writing about sculpture and curating sculpture exhibitions will add a new facet to the unfolding story of Palmer.

Not only is Ken the leading authority on Australian sculpture, but he has been actively involved in presenting it to the public since the 1970s. He has presented survey exhibitions of the sculpture of artists such as Vincas Jomantas, Teisutis Zikaras and Clive Stephen, he was Director of the Gryphon Gallery for 11 years, Executive Manager of the Australian Sculpture Triennial and his major publication Australian Sculptors (Thomas Nelson) was the first to present a complete survey of sculptors in Australia. Ken’s work as a writer and curator has been prolific in the extreme; a visit to Wikipedia’s page about him is sure to surprise you.

Tapping into Ken’s encyclopaedic expertise will not only open up new possibilities for the Palmer Biennial; it will also give participating artists the opportunity to benefit from his insights and wisdom.

Senior Artist – Career Recognition

David Jensz has been chosen by Ken Scarlett and Greg as the sculptor to be honoured at the 2014 Biennial. Currently a lecturer in sculpture at the ANU, he has made a major contribution to sculpture in Australia. David has had over sixteen solo exhibitions in Australia and internationally. His works have been exhibited in major survey exhibitions including the 1998 Osaka Sculpture Triennial, Australian Perspecta - Sydney 1991 and the 1990 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. They are to be found in many private and public collections in Australia and overseas including the National Gallery of Australia, the ANU, the Sydney University of Technology, Macquarie University, and Khon Kaen University, Thailand. Recent works include two in the national capital, Life Cycle (2010) in the Petrie Plaza and Fractal Weave in front of the Civic Library and Canberra Theatre. He is recognised as a major figure in Australian sculpture.

Expressions of Interest

You will have received our email (early March) inviting expressions of interest to exhibit in the 2014 Biennial. In case you know of interested sculptors who we may have missed it, we have copied the requirements below and would be grateful if you could bring it to their attention. (We would also be glad of their contact details so we can keep in touch with them.)

The requirement to express interest in the event is the submission of a concept outline with supporting drawing/documentation on an A4 page/s after a visit to the site. Interstate/overseas artists should discuss alternatives to this requirement with Greg. See www.palmersculpturebiennial.org for images of previous works (images from the 2012 Biennial are currently being loaded but should be viewable well before mid March). Times will be arranged for artists who haven’t already been to Palmer to visit in groups, and to register for this please contact us. Submissions can be made by email to

palmersculpturebiennial@gmail.com, or by mail to Greg, 2 Mary St, Eden Hills, SA 5050.

Expressions of Interest are required by Monday 10th June, 2013. We will advise participation as soon as practicable after then.

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