People’s Choice Award Winner – National Sculpture Prize & Exhibition

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.

There was a huge response to the People’s Choice with several thousand votes collected. The overwhelming favourite was Ruth Downes’ work, an engaging sculpture comprising forty imaginative individual cups and saucers. Downes’ clever combination of materials and text is also imbued with humour and includes components such as GSTea, Amnestea, Frivolitea and A cup of tea, a Bex and a good lie down.

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