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Lorne Sculpture Biennale

Scarlett Award for Writers

The Scarlett Award is a nationwide competition for Australian professional and non-professional critics, artists and writers to help foster an appreciation of contemporary sculptural practice. The Award provides writers with an opportunity to have their work published online, with the potential of further print media publication. Launched in 2014, the Scarlett Award is an important vehicle encouraging and nurturing critical visual arts writing about sculpture and public art.

Entrants are to submit an 800-word short essay on one of the following streams:

  • A Lorne Sculpture Biennale sculptor(s) and their practice
  • Lorne Sculpture Biennale and its theme of ‘Landfall’
  • Public outdoor sculpture

Named in honour of Ken Scarlett OAM, an acknowledged expert curator and writer on Australian Sculpture and the author of a key text on the subject. Ken has provided remarkable support for over 40 years to generations of Australian sculptors through his writing and promotion of their work.

The Scarlett Award is generously sponsored by David and Margaret Harper

AWARD: One entrant will be awarded $3000

Please email: to receive an Information pack containing a comprehensive PowerPoint of all artists exhibiting in 2018


A panel of respected and experienced judges will assess the applications:

  • Maudie Palmer AO, Curator, Herring Island Environmental Sculpture Park
  • Dr Ashley Crawford, author and art critic
  • Prof Su Baker, Editor-in-chief, Art + Australia


  • Regardless of which stream applicants select from, they must respond in some way within their essay to ‘Landfall’, the 2018 Lorne Sculpture Biennale
  • Essays must be limited to 800-words
  • Essays must be submitted by email to No hard copy submissions will be considered
  • Essays must be presented in Microsoft Word format and contain no graphics
  • The Judges’ decision is final
  • All essays will be published on the Lorne Sculpture Biennale website with the winning entry submitted to the general arts press for further publication
  • Entries must be received by 5pm Friday 23 March 2018
  • The winning entrant will be announced at the close of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale at 11am Monday 2 April 2018


Thursday 1 February, 2018
Friday 23 March, 2018
Lorne Sculpture Biennale: Scarlett Award
Venue Address
Lorne Foreshore

Victoria, Lorne

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