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Winners Announced – 2012 OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award


Adelaide based artist Mei Sheong Wong is the winner of the 2012 OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award. This is the second year OZ Minerals has offered this award as part of the South Australian Living Arts (SALA) Festival.

OZ Minerals Managing Director and CEO Terry Burgess commented “South Australia is very well known for the quality of artistic talent. We have once again been impressed with the calibre of the entries received for this award. Mei’s proposed artwork not only plays homage to copper as an artistic medium but also provides a unique opportunity to unearth stories and observations of the mining industry through art.”

Mei has proposed a free standing copper sculpture in the form of a concertina artist’s book. The copper pages will include etched images and narrative text, detailing miner’s stories. This concept has been inspired by a previous opportunity Mei had to tour mining sites in South Australia. Mei plans to visit mine sites and interview miners to create her artwork. Mei will have until the start of the 2012 SALA Festival in which to complete her artwork.

Mei studied fine art in Paris and has recently completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Printmaking) at Adelaide Central School of Art in 2010. Mei’s current focus is on print media and artist books.

Winners of last year’s OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award are currently exhibiting their works as part of the 2011 SALA Festival.

Regional winners Rachel and Mark Young are currently exhibiting their artwork, a landscape in copper, ‘After the rain’ in the Cultural Precinct Gallery at Roxby Downs until 21 August 2011.

Metropolitan winner, Chris Ormerod, will unveil his copper sculpture ‘This Vital Arc’ today at 9.30am outside TAFE SA in Adelaide.

Schools winner Victor Harbor is putting the finishing touches on their copper signage which will be displayed on the front wall of their school.

About the OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award
The OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award is part of the South Australian Living Arts (SALA) Festival. 2010 was the first year the OZ Minerals Award was offered. The winner of the OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award will have twelve months to create their artwork to exhibit as part of the 2012 SALA Festival.

The OZ Minerals Award is similar to a commission. South Australian artists are given the opportunity to submit ideas and apply for assistance in obtaining copper and production costs. Artists are then able to sell their works after the SALA Festival.

About OZ Minerals
OZ Minerals operates the Prominent Hill copper mine in northern South Australia, located approximately 130 kilometres from Coober Pedy. The mine has a preferential local employment policy with approximately 80 percent of its work force from South Australia.

OZ Minerals is proud to be an award partner of the SALA Festival.

Note: Judges of the award included Terry Burgess, Managing Director and CEO, Brian Kilgariff, General Manager, Prominent Hill Operations, OZ Minerals employees Felicity Finlay and Shannon Mansfield and sculptor Chris Ormerod.


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