THE GREENWAY ART PRIZE
A notable event on the Inner West arts and culture calendar, the GreenWay Art Prize celebrates the qualities of the Cooks River to Iron Cove GreenWay–a precious 5.8km urban environmental and sustainable transport corridor in Sydney’s Inner West.
The GreenWay follows the route of the Inner West Light Rail and Hawthorne Canal and features bike paths and foreshore walks, cultural and historical sites, cafes, bushcare sites and a range of parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.
The Art Prize was established in 2010 to capture the essence of the Greenway through visual art and to celebrate the vibrancy, creativity and community spirit of the Inner West.
This is a national prize, open to all artists submitting work within the terms of the prize.
This mural, commissioned by Inner West Council and created by artists Tim "Phibs" de Haan, Kevin James May and Joanne Cassady, pays respect to the history and heritage of Aboriginal people. This short film introduced by Mayor Darcy Byrne, is a behind the scenes look and window into an essential facet of the GreenWay story.
Dr Michael Goldberg
Artist, curator, academic and writer
After teaching art for more than thirty years, Michael retired from his post of Associate Professor and Head of Sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts in 2018 and rediscovered the joys of watercolour painting.
His large scale installation projects have been produced for significant national and international exhibitions such Tasmania’s Dark Mofo, the Havana Biennial and The B-side Festival in Portland U.K.
Between 1995 and 2000, he examined Australia’s colonial history with site-specific installations created for museums such as Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, Tusculum House, Elizabeth Bay House and the Australian Museum. The projects explored alternative versions of political and historical issues, those often ignored by conventional museology.
From 2000, he delved into global stock markets and financial speculation. The possibilities of predicting the rise and fall of stock market prices led to projects involving precognition and psychic divination.
Michael has also curated a number of projects in Australian locations of historical significance as well as produced public art projects involving significant Australian artists.
With a practice that integrates sculpture, moving image, performance and painting, Todd is, at his core, a draughtsman. Underpinning all aspects of his practice is a love of drawing and a belief in its power to connect, engage and delight audiences.
For ten years, he has been crafting hand-drawn animations that grapple with love and loss, as well as ideas of place, identity and community. Often narrative in form, these award winning works are derived from his experiences with different communities, sites and histories. He has been awarded a number of residencies that have informed and developed his practice, including time spent at Bundanon Trust, Hill End, Grafton Regional Art Gallery, as well as international stints at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, the British School of Rome, and recently the NG Creative Residency in Provence.
Todd’s practice extends into curatorship and arts production, having held roles with Waverley Council, Biennale of Sydney, Sculpture in the Vineyards and dLux MediaArts. The areas under investigation within his curatorial practice overlap with his artistic output. Just Draw, the 2016 exhibition he curated with Lisa Woolfe, which toured regional galleries, showcased artworks that exemplified the varied nature of contemporary drawing practices, a subject close to his heart.
*** Our judges acknowledge the Cadigal People of the Eora Nation as the traditional and spiritual custodians of the land on which their Sydney-based projects have been produced.
Curator and writer
Vivienne's curatorial work is frequently collaborative and focused on creative responses to colonisation, environmental concerns and climate change. She has held curatorial roles at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of New South Wales and is currently curator at the National Art School Gallery.
Recent public artworks include Barlow street forest (2021) by the Dirt Witches for the City of Sydney and juguma (2020) by Judy Watson for the University of Sydney. Her work also includes extensive solo exhibitions of respected artists such as Fiona Hall (2008), Stephen Birch (2007), Rosemary Laing (2005) and Dorothy Napangardi (2002) and she organised a program of events and films for Janet Laurence’s H2O: Water Bar at the Paddington Reservoir Gardens, City of Sydney (2016). Group exhibitions range from the MCA’s flagship exhibition of work by young Australian artists, Primavera (2004), to the curatorium for National Art School and the NSW Landscape at NSW Parliament House (2022).
Over 20 years ago Vivienne began working with historical collections, pairing contemporary and historical first people’s work from Australia and the Pacific, with colonial European and Australian material. A recent collection project is the inaugural display from the University of Sydney’s vast holdings of art, archaeology, geology and natural history in the new administration building (2018). She is on the curatorium for Captivate: 200 years of stories from the National Art School and Darlinghurst Gaol, NAS Gallery (2022).
ART PRIZE TEAM
Tara is an independent curator and cultural producer.
She was the Creative Director of Sculpture in the Vineyards, a longstanding outdoor sculpture exhibition and cultural event in the Hunter Valley and Director of dLux MediaArts, where she designed and delivered an annual program of exhibitions and socially engaged art and technology programs for young people.
In 2017 Tara founded ARTeConnect – a network of artists, educators and social entrepreneurs working creatively with technology to produce innovative educational programs and unique art events and experiences.
Art Est. Director
Jennifer is the Founder and Director of Art Est. Art School and Gallery, established 2008.
Art Est. is Sydney’s leading independent art school, offering 8-week art courses and workshops for adults, teens, and children. Over the years, it has gained a reputation for supporting, educating, and employing local creatives and artists.
With a long history and connection to the Inner West community, Art Est. has been a proud partner to the GreenWay Art Prize since its inception in 2009.
Jennifer holds a BA from Canberra University. Her background in museum public programs, arts festivals and event marketing in Sydney, Japan, and London, combined with her passion for the visual arts, brings an added dimension to Art Est. activities.
Public Art and Placemaking Leader, Inner West Council
Bronwyn is a practising artist and artsworker who, for the past eleven years she has worked at Inner West Council, contributing to the range of programs designed to support artists, develop audiences for the arts, and encourage arts participation.
Bronwyn studied sculpture at the National Art School in Sydney, completed a Masters in Art as Environment at the Manchester Metropolitan University, and a Masters in Art Therapy at the University of Western Sydney. She is currently preparing for an exhibition at her Petersham studio, and old pool hall, called the End of Days.