Sculpture on the Scarp


Although relatively new to the festival, everyone agrees this event is a winner!

Artworks line the Darlington Railway Reserve, stretching from Brook Road through to the Darlington Pavilion. Wander through and you may discover a creation nestled in amongst the trees, or strategically placed between the granite boulders, or perhaps hanging between two giant gum trees. Walk along the old station platform and discover sculptures and installations crafted by some of the regions finest artists.

Graeme Burge, 2021 Curator

Graeme Burge (b. 1978, Perth, Western Australia) has been working in the Perth arts industry since receiving his bachelor of visual arts in 2008. At graduation he received a suite of awards including a fully funded solo show by the Distracted art gallery and was a part of PICA’s national graduate show Hatched 08.

In 2010 Graeme was awarded the City of Joondalup’s prestigious Art Award and began working as an installation assistant in various institutions including the John Curtin Gallery.

Graeme’s practice has become more about exploring materials and processes which inform his specialist knowledge and enabled him to better support art students of the School of Contemporary Arts and the school of Arts and Humanities ECU (2009 – 2020) as a senior technical officer across painting, drawing, sculpture and glass design.

Graeme is inspired by the re-use and recycling of materials and enjoys the way they can become transcendental and contribute to social and cultural dialogues.   

Ben Kovacsy, Judge 

Benjamin Kovacsy ( b.1983, Perth, Australia) has worked in the Western Australia arts industry since completing a BA in Fine art at Curtin University in 2004. Kovacsy currently holds a specialist technical role at Curtin University advising students on conceptual development, design and fabrication of artworks. Recently Kovacsy’s own art practice has developed an intense engagement with processes and visual language associated with manufacturing timber objects. Previously, Kovacsy has revisited historical craft processes and abstracted them to create hybridised objects. His previous achievements include selection as a finalist for the 2015 Bankwest Art Award, Exhibiting artwork at the National Architecture Conference Perth in 2016. In 2013 he was selected for the PICA Salon. During 2012, Kovacsy exhibited at Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery in the Here & Now Program, a survey of young Western Australian artists. Earlier, he was the recipient of the 2009Emerging Artist Acquisitive Award at the City of South Perth Emerging Artist Awards. 

Sculpture on the Scarp 2019