Pippin Drysdale and Simon Fieldhouse – Finalists in Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize

In News October 11, 2022

Image above: Pippin Drysdale  Breakaway Series III – Knox Gorge Meridian Group  2022  porcelain  dimensions variable. Enquire about this work. 


Congratulations to Pippin Drysdale and Simon Fieldhouse who have been announced as finalists in the 2022 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, held at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf from 13 October to 20 November 2022.

Drysdale has submitted a series of porcelain sculptures titled Breakaway Series III – Knox Gorge Meridian Group, which: “interpret the topography and colours of the banded iron formations of Karijini that date back to the archaic epoch of our planet. Drysdale’s response to this ancient and compelling landscape is captured on the interiors and exteriors of this collection: marbles with finely incised and coloured lines, vessels with interiors of intense colour that are hypnotic and breathtaking, perfectly describing mood, time, and memory.”

Drysdale has said of these works, and of her practice: “I am inspired by Aboriginal connections to land, this land that took my breath away over forty years ago on a study tour to Central Australia. Since then, I have been on a mission to share my feelings about the beauty of these places and the importance of preserving the ancient cultural traditions of the people that have cared for them for so long, through my ceramic work.”

Simon Fieldhouse  Roman Tourists  2022  porcelene  35 x 35 x 35 cm. Enquire about this work.


Simon Fieldhouse presents a whimsical and humorous sculpture, Roman Tourists, which re-imagines Imperial Roman soldiers as lost and confused tourists. Fieldhouse, who typically creates paintings from watercolour and pen, models these figures from porcelene, a synthetic resin used by dentists.

Established in 2001, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize is Australia’s pre-eminent award for small sculpture presented by Woollahra Council, attracting artists from across Australia. The main award each year is the acquisitive ‘The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize’, valued at $25,000, which expands the Council’s permanent public collection. Other awards include ‘The Special Commendation’ award, ‘The Mayor’s Award’, and ‘The Viewers’ Choice’ award, amassing to a total of $29,000 in prizes.


The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize
Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf
548 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW 2028
13 October – 20 November 2022