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This is a Maquette Show

MARS Gallery Melbourne 8 Aug – 2 September 2012

from the MARS Gallery website:

Sculpture is the art of intelligence
‐ Pablo Picasso
[MARS] Gallery is in full swing of preparations for a unique show in August this year, a Maquette show featuring works by Australian sculptors.
The story began a few months ago, when a letter was sent every sculptor on the database and since that day we have been inundated with hundreds of e-mails and letters from sculptors all over the country, willing to be part of the show.
We are aware of the high costs associated with producing large scale works and saw this as a fantastic opportunity to not only assist with costs but also by providing a space to showcase the extraordinary ideas, talent and techniques of Australian sculptors. We encouraged sculptors to create new works, but in essence provided no guidelines or restrictions; the response has been both overwhelming and humbling.
We now have a well rounded list of emerging, mid-career and renowned artists, in no particular order, Cathyann Coady, Adrian Spurr, Matthew Harding, Jane Valentine, Jud Wimhurst, Melissa Cussell, Zoe Amor, James Kenyon, Anna Griffiths, Julie Collins, John Derrick, Bill Sampson, Greer taylor, Giles Ryder, Penny Algar, Deidre Walsh, Graeme Base, Mike Nicholls, Joanne Mott, Nicholas Jones, Geoff Ricardo, Robert Hague, Anthony Vanderzweep, Brendan Taylor, Evan Demas, Christabel Wigley, Kerry Cannon, Mimi Dennett, Tsvia Shapir, Liz Walker, Frank Malerba, Nicole Loder, Joanna O’Toole, Anton Hasell, Mattt Chaumont, Christabel Wigley, Loretta Quinn, and  Carmel Wallace.

SCOPE Galleries Art Award – Art Concerning Environment

Award Exhibition June 2 – July 15, 2012 : “In continued support of contemporary artists, SCOPE Galleries is pleased to launch the 2012 SCOPE Galleries Art Award – Art Concerning Environment. The Award is non-acquisitive and carries a cash prize of $5,000 to be awarded to one winning artwork. We are excited by the introduction of the Award and consider it exemplifies the serious approach SCOPE Galleries takes in its aim to promote contemporary art in a regional location. Congratulations to CARMEL WALLACE, winner of the 2012 SCOPE Galleries Art Award – Art Concerning Environment for her artwork entitled Forests to Have and to Hold Coinciding with the Award, Guy Abrahams presented a public lecture entitled  ‘Sustainability and the Arts’ at the Warrnambool Art Gallery on Saturday June 2.  SCOPE Galleries acknowledges the support of the Warrnambool Art Gallery in the staging of this event.  The lecture was very well received by a large cross-section of the community.  For more information on Sustainability and the Arts please go to

The humble utilitarian objects that make up this sculpture show evidence of repeated handling and daily use in the preparation of life-giving meals. It is our personal everyday connection to the natural world that sustains us and leads us to consider the bigger picture. Portland in southwest Victoria is skirted by the Cobboboonee and other precious native forests. Beyond these lie pine and blue-gum plantations. Australia imports about one-third of its forest products, often unsustainably harvested from Asian rainforests, whilst logs and wood chips gather on the Portland waterfront to be loaded on ships bound for the paper mills of Japan. Increasing recognition of the carbon-neutral qualities of timber is seeing a return to its use in the construction industry, particularly at a domestic level, but globally forests are still being carved up and destroyed at an incredible rate with catastrophic outcomes for the environment. Carmel Wallace 2012



SymbioticA Adaptation exhibition

INQB8 Gallery, Mandurah 6 May – 10 June 2012   

Opening Sunday 6 May

Exploring the microbe to the macro, and everything in between, Adaptation is SymbioticA’s art and ecology research project.

The Adaptation exhibition features the projects undertaken by the Adaptation artists-in-residence embedded in Lake Clifton, south of Mandurah in Western Australia from 2008 to 2012.


  • ART ORIENTÉ OBJET, Plutôt que tout (More than Everything)
  • JUAN M. CASTRO, Heliotropika
  • ORON CATTS, The Autotroph
  • PERDITA PHILLIPS, The Sixth Shore
  • VYONNE WALKER, Slowest Growing Sculpture
  • CARMEL WALLACE, Visualizing Adaptation: Surface And Beyond
  • ANNAMARIA WELDON, Sharing The Edge


37th Alice Prize 2012

Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs, NT Australia. Opening: Friday 11 May 2012.  Exhibition: Saturday 12 May – Sunday 10 June 2012

‘The 2012 Alice Prize biennial exhibition will be, as always, engaging and provocative. It features a broad range of media from assemblages in 2D, paintings, sculptures and drawings to multimedia, performance art, photography and digital prints. Indigenous and non-indigenous artists from across Australia are represented in the 65 finalists selected from over 380 entries.

Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, will judge the winner of the $25,000 Prize (acquisitive). He joins a long list of distinguished judges from the top echelons of the Australian art establishment who have contributed to building a notable collection, and a significant record of Australian contemporary art, for the people of Central Australia.’

Presented by the Alice Springs Art Foundation

© Carmel Wallace

Desert Colony, my work for this exhibition, hangs as if waiting for unknown hatchlings to emerge. The cocoon form symbolises the sense of change now brewing in nature and the possibility of new life being nurtured by our creations. This form seemed appropriate for responding to unfamiliar desert landscapes – for capturing stories, places and memories that survive and develop long after a journey has ended. I began with newspaper and some earth-stained rope, adding objects found on the ground at roadside stops. Discarded fencing-wire I formed into a breathing cocoon of desert air; black fishing-net echoes burnt terrain; blue rope the surprise of water; green the life it nurtures; and cable-ties the sharpness of spinifex . . . (Carmel Wallace 2012)

4th Forestry SA Wood Sculpture exhibition

Riddoch Art Gallery, Mt Gambier, South Australia

Opening Friday 23rd March 2012 at 6.60pm.

‘Featuring the work of sculptors from across Australia, this exhibition showcases contemporary art practice that employs wood as the dominant medium.’

 Carmel Wallace 2012

My work Cuneiform comments on the evolution of writing tablets and the materials and technology we use to access information about our world.




Coral: Art Science Life

13 Feb – 1 Sept 2012 Macleay Museum The University of Sydney

Fringing the Australian coastline is 50,000 sq km of living reefs – just under one fifth of the world’s total reef area.

These densely populated habitats of tropical waters house about 25% of all ocean species. Despite their vital role in a healthy ocean, 10% of the world’s reefs have already been ecologically destroyed. It is estimated that half of the world’s reefs will collapse by 2020. The bounty and beauty of these living structures and the fragility of their future was the impetus for this exhibition.

In Coral: art four artists exhibit works that explore our relationships with this fragile waterscape. In Coral: science the work of four University scientists demonstrates the importance of research for understanding the reefs and their future. In Coral: life two schools in the Torres Strait share their vision of living on the reefs of the Coral Sea.

This exhibition features some of my 3d pieces, including new work commissioned for this project.

 Carmel Wallace