Sculpture on the Scarp 2024

Sculpture on the Scarp 2024

Darlington Arts Festival is thrilled to announce the appointment of Jina Lee as 2024 Curator of Sculpture on the Scarp.

Jina is a stone sculptor with over 20 years’ experience. 

Jina Lee was born in 1984, in South Korea and immigrated to Australia in 2013. Lee began her journey as a sculptor in 1999 after being accepted into the Kaywon School of Arts in South Korea. This sparked a flame that led her to complete MFA in Sculpture at Kookmin University, South Korea.

Jina specializes in stone sculptures inspired by organic forms. She works with all types of stones as well as working with bronze incorporating this medium into her sculptures to complement the stone. Lee is hands-on from the very first steps of designing the concept, sourcing materials for sculptures, and physically creating the artwork herself at her studio at J Shed in Fremantle, WA, Australia. Her stone sculptures are installed in public collections both interstate and internationally. Jina is a director at STONE TO ART Stone Sculpture Symposium.

Sculpture on the Scarp 2023

Stroll along the historic heritage walk trail as it is transformed into an outdoor art space featuring work from the following renowned artists: 
Ian Kay
Louise Grimshaw 
Cath Inman
Louise Wells
Moira Court
Kerry Argent
Vince Austin
Daniel iley
Ed Stafford
Phil Gamblen
Veronica McGrath
Liliana Stafford 
Kimberley Stuart
Richard Aitken 
Denise Bending
Lee Potter
Jake Coghlan
Darren Smith
Britt Mikkelsen
Valerie Schoenjahn
Beverley Iles
Cale Hoskings
Neil Kidd
Liliana Stafford

2023 brings the addition of the Laurence Gelmi Prize for Sustainable Sculpture ($1,000) along with existing prizes for Best Sculpture ($2,000) and People’s Choice ($1,000). We can’t wait to see what joys and surprises you will bring to this unique bushland exhibition in 2023.

The 2023 Sculpture on the Scarp curator has been appointed.

Please join us in welcoming Leanne Bray to the 2023 team!

Leanne is a multidiscipline artist, with a very diverse studio practice, making and working comfortably alongside her busy public art practice. The one heavily influencing the other. Born in Zimbabwe, her life on two diverse continents has afforded her the opportunity to be inspired on multiple levels, drawing from that rich mine of cultural experience. Leanne’s work explores a combination of strong technical background and sound conceptual thinking, and for nearly forty years she has worked full time as an arts professional. With her original strengths as a Graphic Designer, she has designed seven story high public artworks through to tiny intimate woven forms for exhibition. She has illustrated, lectured, tutored, built a textile business, run galleries in both Zimbabwe and Perth, and rather wonderfully – taken artists under her wing on African adventures!


Judges comments:



Beautifully resolved artwork, that encourages viewing in the round. Well-placed in situ. Thoughtfully considered. Full of tensions: the icky and the beautiful, smooth and rough, quietly threatening and cute. It’s almost as if it’s alive, look back and they’re breathing. 


VINCE AUSTIN – ‘Cordyception’  

Unexpected! Well made, well resolved. A total surprise in the bush environment. Super fun and engaging. 

Image by Evalyn Photography


LOUISE WELLS – ‘Everlasting Love?’

So much work! Both complex and simple. Speaks for itself and incredible use of recycled material.

Map for 2022:

Sculpture on the Scarp 2022 Curator Announcement

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Sioux Tempestt as 2022 curator of Sculpture on the Scarp.

In addition to studio-based works, Sioux’s practice employs a multi-disciplinary approach, generating mural, public, sculptural and digital content which meaningfully contributes to it’s context. Her work aims to create a narrative and connection as Sioux believes art plays an intrinsic contribution to our wellbeing, health, and happiness – more so now than ever.
Sioux’s work intuitively fuses colour and form to investigate the integration of abstract expressionism within different realms: the public art environment; the architectural landscape; digital applications including video and music. 

Sioux is passionate about working with the community – young people in particular, mentoring and facilitating creative workshops for local governments and schools. She constantly pushes the boundaries of her practice to communicate and share her tremendous positivity and energy for life. 

Large scale murals form part of Sioux’s practice and you’ll find several painted throughout Perth. Among other clients, Sioux has produced artistic projects for the City of Perth, the City of Melville, the City of Stirling, the City of South Perth, the City of Vincent, the Town of Victoria Park, the City of Subiaco, the Town of Claremont, Coles, Dale Alcock and Hawaiian. 
Sioux has delivered 10 solo exhibitions and exhibited in numerous group shows. Among other achievements Sioux received a Highly Commended, City of Bayswater Art Award, 2021; was a Finalist, City of Busselton Art Award, 202; Finalist, Perth Royal Art Prize, 2019; Finalist, City of Rockingham Castaways Sculpture Awards, 2019; Finalist, Minnawarra Art Awards, 2021; Finalist, Town of Claremont Art Awards, 2021; Highly Commended, City of South Perth Emerging Artist Award 2018; Highly Commended, Town of Bassendean Visual Art Award 2018; Finalist, City of Joondalup 2018 Community Invitation Art Award.
Sioux’s work is held in public and private collections nationally and internationally.

Congratulations Sioux!

The 2022 Judges have been announced.

Sculpture on the Scarp 2021

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