17 Mar - 2 April 2018

The Scarlett Award

The Scarlett Award > Launched in 2014 the Scarlett Award as part of Lorne Sculpture Biennale aims to inspire critical writing about contemporary sculpture. Its goal is to engage and expand audiences.

The Scarlett Award


Named in honour of Ken Scarlett, a curator and writer on Australian sculpture who regards himself as an observer and reporter and has actively worked to promote Australian sculpture for over 40 years.
Award: $3,000 cash

The Scarlett Award is a nationwide competition for Australian professional and non professional critics, artists and writers. It gives all the opportunity to contribute reviews about sculpture exhibitions or public art installations, whether as a solo, group, or a major event internationally and within Australia.

All reviews will be judged in the period leading up to Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2016 with a cash award of $3,000 being presented to the best written and most engaging review at the LSB 2016 opening, 12th March 2016.

Many sculptors often lament the lack of regular critical writing about contemporary sculpture and this award gives us an opportunity to address this whilst informing artists, expanding new audiences and engaging the wider community. - LBS Curator Julie Collins


Ken Scarlett-OAM- Independent Curator and Writer on Australian Sculpture.

Maxine McKew - Writer, Former Journalist and Australian Politician.

David Hurlston - Senior Curator, National Gallery of Victoria

Submissions close 31st January 2016.

Enquiries about this award to the curator,