Southern Way McClelland Commission 2018 Announced

Artist John Meade with Emily Karanikolopoulos have been awarded the $250,000 Southern Way McClelland Commission 2018 for their elegant sculpture, Love Flower, to be installed in September 2019.

The monumental and enchanting new sculpture will be sited along the Peninsula Link freeway in Melbourne’s South East as part of a unique and award-winning commitment to public art. It will replace Gregor Kregar’s sculpture Reflective Lullaby that is located on the Cranbourne road site, on the Langwarrin exit ramp close to McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery.

The Southern Way McClelland Commission received 65 submissions from local, interstate and international artists.  The commission judging panel was Lisa Byrne, Director, McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery, Maudie Palmer AO, former inaugural Director of Heide Museum of Modern Art and TarraWarra Museum of Art; and sculptor Lisa Roet.

John Meade was born in Ballarat in 1956 and currently lives and working in Melbourne. He studied Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, before completing a Masters of Arts at RMIT and a PhD in Fine Art at Monash University. He lectures at Monash University and the University of Melbourne. Meade’s practice draws relations, often humorous and unexpected, between the metaphysical and surreal in the experience of contemporary life and domestic culture.

Meade has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including From Will to Form, TarraWarra Biennial, curated by Emily Cormack, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2018; The Enigma Code, Sara Scout curated by Kate Daw, 2018. Recent solo exhibitions include Set Piece, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2016 and Autumn, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne 2014, and he has completed prominent sculpture commissions such as Riverside Corolla, Southbank, Melbourne in 2011, and Progeny, Heide Museum of Modern Art in 2006. His work is held in major private and public collections throughout Australia, and he is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

For more information on John Meade’s practice see here

Emily Karanikolopoulos is an Australian teacher and practitioner of the Japanese floral arrangement art of Sogetsu Ikebana. She is an active member of the Ikebana community of Australia, and she has attained the highest possible Ikebana accreditation outside Japan. She has exhibited in the Sogetsu Ikebana Exhibition Takashima Shinjuku in 2014, and has been awarded three first places in the Melbourne International Flower Show Shop Window competition. For more information on Emily’s practice see here

Artists John Meade and Emily Karanikolopoulos, who have been awarded the $250,000 Southern Way McClelland Commission 2018 for their elegant sculpture, Love Flower to be installed in August 2019.

Southern Way McClelland Commissions

Three monumental contemporary sculptures were installed along the Peninsula Link freeway in Melbourne’s south east in 2012, as part of a unique partnership between Southern Way and McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery.

These works form part of the Peninsula Link Sculpture Commission and the biennial Southern Way McClelland Commission. This program will alternate between two sites near the Cranbourne Road and Skye Road exits, both adjacent to Peninsula Link freeway. Each sculpture will be on display for four years, with a total 14 sculptures being commissioned over the next 25 year period. After display on the Peninsula Link freeway, the works become part of McClelland’s permanent collection of outdoor sculptures. McClelland was awarded the Creative Partnerships Australia 2013 SME Award for its work with Southern Way’s Peninsula Link Freeway.

Commissions to date include Louise Paramor’s ‘Panorama Station’, which resembles a space-station and is permanently located on Peninsula Link at the EastLink interchange. Dean Colls’ work ‘Rex Australis: The King is dead, long live the King’ is located at McClelland Sculpture Park. Phil Price’s wind-activated kinetic sculpture, ‘Tree of Life’, has found its new home at McClelland. Gregor Kregar’s chrome gnome titled ‘Reflective lullaby’ is now on display at the Cranbourne Road site, along with Michael Riddle’s ‘Iconoclast’ at Skye Rd, a transmission tower crushed under the weight of a boulder.