Joseph Bartolo chosen as the ‘People’s Choice’ at University’s Sculpture Exhibition


Joseph Bartolo has been awarded the UrbanGrowth NSW People's Choice Award for his work Life's Desperate Struggle – part of Western Sydney University's recent Sculpture Award and Exhibition.

Joseph received the Award and $5000 prize money at a special ceremony hosted by Campbelltown Mayor Councillor Paul Hawker at the Campbelltown Arts Centre.

Life's Desperate Struggle, a 56-kilogram steel sculpture of a tiger pursuing a deer, was a popular exhibit set along the water's edge of the University's Campbelltown Campus.

University Art Curator, Ms Monica McMahon, says this year's exhibition was one of the most impressive in recent memory.

"From the onset, Joseph Bartolo's sculpture was an early favourite of the public," says Ms McMahon.

"By the end of the voting period, Life's Desperate Struggle had double the number votes of its nearest rival, showing it clearly resonated with visitors."

The runner up in the UrbanGrowth NSW People's Choice Award was Ingrid Morley for her piece, The Silent.

Placing third was Michael Purdy's Monument to the Long Term Perils of Short Term Politics, which also won the University's Acquisitive Sculpture Award.


4 July 2016

Tanya Patterson - Media Officer