David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award


The winning entry by Sasha Grbich, 40° bat alphabet, was rewarded for “his extraordinary observation, insight and innovation”.

“This is a work that translated the tragic death of a colony of grey-headed flying foxes during a heatwave in Adelaide into a form of notation. This strange record of climate change can be read in different ways. As musical notation, as sign language or as speech,” said Joyce Hinterding, award judge and senior lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts.

Sasha Grbich works reactively with places and communities. An avid collector of found images, sounds and stories, Grbich is fascinated by how art participates in the politics of everyday life. She approaches works of art as ecologies – unfinished events that occur with audiences and in local environments.

This $20,000 prize is made possible by a gift from the late David Harold Tribe who started an awards program with the University of Sydney in 2005. His legacy includes prizes in the fields of symphony, philosophy, poetry, fiction and of course sculpture. .

Held every five years at Sydney College of the Arts, the David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award encourages interest and excellence in sculpture. With a broad interest in the arts, Tribe once said that he selected the categories because he felt certain areas of the arts were not equally supported by awards.

“I wanted to promote excellence in artistic fields that had been neglected until then, to support creative people who would not normally obtain such a sum.

The 2022 jury included Joyce Hinterding (Lecturer, Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts); Dr Ann Elias (Professor of Art History and Visual Culture, University of Sydney); Dr. Biljana Jancic (Artist); and Neha Kale (writer and critic).

All the works of the finalists are exhibited at the SCA Gallery alongside the winner: Sarah Contos, Allegra Holmes, Sarah Mosca, Kenzee Patterson, Robert Pulie, Shireen Taweel and Brendan Van Hek.

The David Harold Tribe Sculpture Award exhibition continues at SCA Gallery until Saturday, June 25, 2022.

Exhibition details

Thursday 19 May – Saturday 25 June 2022

Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday: 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

SCA Gallery, Old Teachers’ College, Manning Road, University of Sydney


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