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Sculpture Studio

The Sculpture Studio at Monash has seen graduates exhibit widely and work in the public and private arts sector. The end of the year exhibition celebrates the development of student’s visual language and is seen in the context of their peers.

During the year staff from other studio disciplines within Monash have participated in tutorials and discussions, promoting inter-disciplinary practices. This year the visiting artists that participated in the tutorials included Hany Armanious and the international artist in residents; Jemima Stehli from Goldsmiths, University of London and Jeremy Wafer from Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Sculpture Studio’s foundry allows students to engage in traditional skills for contemporary outcomes. The focus of exploration in the studio utilizing the other machinery ranges from the object’s relationship to space, to its materiality, to the body, to architecture and to the site of the gallery. Whatever the materials employed, students are encouraged to develop conceptual frameworks for their ideas and this leads to exciting processes and development.

The work that you see on display ranges from traditional and formal ideologies that embrace the personal, the art historical, the architectural, the relational, the domestic, to wider cultural influences, with some students working within the space between two different markers.

Professional Practice is developed throughout the year with a greater awareness of the how to display work through its presentation in weekly group tutorials in the project spaces. The process of presenting work culminates, at this time, in this catalogue and exhibition.

The studio aims to facilitate a supportive and safe working environment where students are encouraged to also learn from one another. Different year levels are in close proximity from each other and generate a community. Developing peer connections is of significant focus at art school because the many artists run spaces set up in Melbourne are often a development from groups of artists having studied together.

The contemporary art community at MUMA is sometimes combined with the student community with the activities that take place around the Runt and Link space for students to show their work to a broader audience on campus. Students are engaged in discussions at MUMA in front of works on display that include the Ian Potter Sculpture Court with Emily Floyd’s new commission This place will always be open.

Students are encouraged to embrace the process of making work, to develop ideas from what they are inspired by or want to learn more about. Historical and recent history examples of other artists working in this field are constantly referred to.

Thank you to the staff for their commitment to the student’s development of their work. Alex Lyne is the sculpture studio technician who works closely with students and oversees the studio. The academic staff, all professional artists with local, national and international exhibition history and each have a unique focus. We have some of the best Australian artists teaching within this studio that include Nick Mangan, Emily Floyd, Daniel von Sturmer and Dr Dan Wollmering.

We are grateful for the support of the donors that allows students to be recognized for their work and talents. Thank you to Danielle and Daniel Besen, Sue Rose, Monash University Club, Huski, Andrew Rogers, Coates and Wood, Barnes PTY LTD and Solid Solutions.

Dr Kathy Temin
Sculpture Studio Coordinator

Thanks to our supporters
Danielle and Daniel Besen
Sue Rose, in memory of Paul Rose
Andrew Rogers