Ruth Downes presents Brian Kennedy, National Gallery of Australia Director with a tea cup in appreciation of his “Abillitea”.
The National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie Bank announce the winner of the People’s Choice award for the inaugural National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition, Ruth Downes’ Tea Party in the Mayoral Garden.
Among the array of esoteric sculptures it was the humble cuppa that won the hearts of the 90,000 visitors to the National Gallery of Australia this summer.
Benjamin Haslam – The Australian Feb 27, 2002.
A trip down the M4 motorway will bring you face to face with designs adorning the concrete acoustic walls. The designs are by public artist Ruth Downes … If you had ventured a little further to Canberra you would have come face to face … with a series of witty irreverent tea cups …
Story by Margret Meagher
The room was charged with ElectriciTea yesterday when the People’s Choice award in the National Gallery of Australia’s first sculpture prize went to a clear Frivolitea, causing a Storm in a Teacup with a 10 percent GSTea kicker.