Since its inception in 2003, the McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award has been celebrated as the most important biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition in Australia. The exhibition presented works in an outdoor exhibition that highlights the diversity and invention of contemporary sculpture. This award has been made possible and presented in equal partnership by the Elisabeth Murdoch Sculpture Foundation and The Balnaves Foundation.

Previous winners of this acquisitive award valued at $100,000 include: Matthew Harding, Void 2014; Greg Johns, At the centre (There is nothing) 2012; Louise Paramor, Top shelf 2010; Rick Amor’s Relic 2007; Lisa Roet, White ape 2005; Ian Burns and John Clark, Plantation 2003.