Anticipation always builds before the announcement of award winners for Maleny Expo’s annual Wootha Prize, but this year, with a boosted first prize of $10,000 on offer, the excitement was palpable.
Now in its 11th year, the Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize is an initiative that aims to promote sustainable use of timber resources. The exhibition is juried, with applicants submitting proposals for the piece they would like to exhibit. Of the 37 entries received, 26 were selected to exhibit in 2018.
The judges for this year’s Wootha Prize were Jack Wilms (last year’s winner), along with architect Dr Kathi Holt and spooncarver and teacher Carol Russell.
This year’s theme was ‘joined’, and as usual the variety of interpretations was wide, with a strong sculptural element present in many of the pieces shown. In a departure from tradition, next year’s Wootha Prize will not carry a theme. Entry details for the 2019 Wootha Prize will be available at the end of the year.
Learn more from www.malenywoodexpo.com
Australian Wood Review congratulates the winners and all entrants for this year’s Wootha Prize.
1st Prize: Robert Howard, Until Death Us Do Part, sponsored by Sunshine Coast Council
2nd Prize: Terry Martin and Zina Burloiu, Time and Tide, sponsored by HQ Plantation
3rd Prize: Ross Williamson, Couloir, sponsored by Transition Timbers
Encouragement Award: Ross Annels, Walking Table, sponsored by Geochempet Services
People's Choice Award: Shane Christensen, Reflections, sponsored by HQ Plantation
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