• arts & culture

17 November 2017

Melbourne-based sculptor Daniel von Sturmer has been awarded the 2017 Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture.

Image of Melbourne Prize banner at Federation Square

Daniel’s winning work Electric Light (facts/figures/Federation Square) is a light installation visible at Federation Square, nightly from 8.30pm. The $60,000 major prize is supported by The Vera Moore Foundation, The Tallis Foundation and the Melbourne Prize Trust.

New in 2017 is the $10,000 Public Artwork Design Concept Award – Crafting a City of Literature, which has been awarded to Emma Anna for her design concept The Elocwean Rainbow (2017). Emma’s work celebrates Melbourne’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature. The award is supported by the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office.

Bridie Lunney has won the Professional Development Award 2017 for her work Fold (2017), which consisted of $10,000 from the Melbourne Prize Trust, a $2,500 Qantas voucher credit and a professional practice residency at the Norma Redpath Studio in Carlton. This award is supported by the Melbourne Prize Trust, the Victorian College of the Arts and Qantas.

The Victorian Government is a proud partner of the Melbourne Prize, which runs on a three-year cycle to celebrate music, literature and sculpture. More than $1.2 million has been awarded to sculptors, writers and musicians since the inception of the annual Melbourne Prize in 2005.

All winning and finalist work from this year is currently on display in a free public exhibition at Federation Square. Public voting for the $4,000 Civic Choice Award 2017 is now open.

More information on the Melbourne Prize

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