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Victorian Sculpture Fund brings new work to Heide

Date: 25 July 2013

Heide Museum of Modern Art is set to welcome its first new outdoor sculpture in seven years, thanks to a $100,000 grant through the Victorian Public Sculpture Fund.

Making the announcement today, Minister for the Arts Heidi Victoria said the Fund would support the commissioning of a new permanent sculpture at Heide by Victorian artist Emily Floyd.

“The Victorian Public Sculpture Fund was established to celebrate and build on Victoria’s strong public art tradition, bring great contemporary art to the public in an accessible way and enliven our public spaces.

“This new work will reinvigorate Heide’s sculpture park, which is a significant drawcard to the area and a major public asset.”

Floyd’s sculpture Abstract Labour is being designed specifically for the Heide site. Inspired by adventure playgrounds, the colourful steel art work will be over two metres high and up to 20 metres across. It will invite visitors to play in, and around it.

'Concept drawing for 'Abstract Labour' by Emily Floyd'

'Concept drawing for 'Abstract Labour' by Emily Floyd'

Emily Floyd is a Melbourne-based contemporary artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally and has created large-scale public sculptures for areas including Melbourne’s Docklands Precinct and the Eastlink freeway.

“From her giant rabbit in the Docklands to her 13-metre high blackbird along Eastlink, Emily’s sculptures are always eye-catching and brimming with whimsy and nostalgia. This new work is sure to bring a new dimension to Heide’s impressive collection of outdoor art while making an impact on visitors of all ages,” Ms Victoria said.

Ms Victoria said Heide’s sculpture park, which was first established by Heide founders John and Sunday Reed, currently includes more than 30 sculptures by Australian artists including Rick Amor, Inge King and UK artist Anish Kapoor.

Heide Museum of Modern Art Director Jason Smith said the Victorian Public Sculpture Fund opened up a great new opportunity for the Museum.

“Heide Museum of Modern Art welcomes this exciting opportunity to commission an outdoor sculpture by a contemporary artist,” Mr Smith said.

“To develop the sculpture park to its highest potential – a goal important to Heide – requires significant funding, and we greatly appreciate the State Government’s generous support, its foresight in making public sculpture a focus, and its ongoing commitment to contemporary art."

“A work of the highest calibre, Emily Floyd’s Abstract Labour will attract visitors of all generations and expand the scope of our education and public programs. Heide is honoured to work with Emily Floyd in the realisation of this work, and we look forward to it being a prominent feature of our permanent collection.”

The Member for Bulleen Nick Kotsiras MP said the Heide Museum of Modern Art had long been an integral part of Manningham’s cultural and arts heritage.

‘’Heide occupies a unique place in the artistic and cultural history of Australia and continues to place a strong emphasis on the development of modern and contemporary Australian art; the Victorian Public Sculpture Fund will allow it to build on in this tradition,’’ Mr Kotsiras said.

The sculpture will be installed in the grounds of Heide in March 2014, coinciding with an exhibition of works by the artist.

Abstract Labour is the second project to be announced through the Victorian Public Sculpture Fund. The first was a $75,000 grant to support the 2014 Lorne Sculpture Biennale to commission a new permanent sculpture which will be installed in Lorne.

'Detail of the concept drawing for 'Abstract Labour' by Emily Floyd'

'Detail of the concept drawing for 'Abstract Labour' by Emily Floyd'