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Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
Congratulations Denese Oates!

10 September 2013

Congratulations to Denese Oates, who has been selected as a finalist in this year's Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. The artist's work Pomegranate Project - Exhibit B will be on display during the prize exhibition from 26 October to 10 November 2013 at the historic Woollahra Council Chambers in Double Bay.

About the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize:

Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is the first and only national acquisitive prize that showcases the quality and diversity of sculptures of smaller dimensions. An acquisitive award of $10,000 is offered for the winning sculpture. This year's judges are Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, and Professor Ian Howard, COFA. The winner will be announced on 25 October 2013.


Born in Orange, NSW, Denese Oates studied at the Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education in Sydney (now College of Fine Arts, UNSW). Since 1976 Oates has exhibited in over fifty group exhibitions and she has had more than twenty-five solo exhibitions. In 2011 Maitland Regional Art Gallery showed a solo exhibition Denese Oates: Sculpture, following on from a solo exhibition held at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery in 2010.  Denese is regularly chosen as a finalist in the University of Western Sydney Sculpture Award and in 2010 her work was acquired into the university collection. Denese Oates' work is extensively represented in both public and private collections, including Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra; Alexander Mackie Collection, Sydney; Artbank; Burnie Regional Art Gallery, TAS; Christchurch City Art Collection, New Zealand; Eden Gardens Sydney; New England Regional Art Museum NSW; Optus, Sydney; Orange Regional Gallery, NSW; Rockhampton Art Gallery QLD; University of New South Wales & Wollongong City Art Gallery.

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