Wendi Zhang and Stormie Mills take out Sulpture prizes in Cottesloe

Wendi Zhang from China was today announced as the recipient of the EY People’s Choice Prize for mi no 5The stunning work of 17 red flamingoes, ambling along the waters edge at Cottesloe Beach, captivated visitors during the 11th annual Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe.

The $2,500 EY People’s Choice Prize is voted for by visitors to the exhibition and was awarded at Cottesloe Beach at 2pm today by Sandy Anghie, wife of Michael Anghie, Managing Partner Resources, EY.  The EY People’s Choice Prize is part of the sponsorship of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe by professional services firm EY.

Congratulating the winner, EY’s Perth Managing Partner, Michael Anghie said, “The EY People’s Choice Prize is all the more meaningful as it is voted for by visitors to the exhibition. Wendi Zhang’s impressive artwork truly captured the hearts and imagination of the public and I congratulate her on her win.”

Wendi Zhang's
Wendi Zhang’s mi no 5.

“This is EY’s second year as a sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe and we are pleased to once again have been part of such a standout event on the Western Australian arts scene, incorporating world class sculptures on the beautiful Cottesloe Beach. EY has a proud history of supporting the arts in Australia, helping bring exceptional local and international exhibitions to a wider audience than would otherwise see them. It’s one of the many ways we are helping build a better working world – for our people, our clients and our communities,” Mr Anghie said.

For Founding Director, David Handley, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2015 is one to remember: “What a year! Wonderful and inspiring sculptures, a cyclone that almost appeared, a beach that almost disappeared and hundreds of thousands of people who joined us for the exhibition. Thank you to all of our sponsors and private donors for making the exhibition possible,” he said.

Eleven year old Rio Bowling from City Beach Primary School announced the recipient of the Kids’ Choice Prize, voted for by children who visited Cottesloe Beach during the 18-day exhibition. This award was received by Stormie Mills from Perth for his work The Stormie Mills Projecta giant pink bunny rabbit which delighted children of all ages.

Stormie Mills' The Stormie Mills Project
Stormie Mills’ The Stormie Mills Project

Sydney-based film and television producer, Rebel Penfold-Russell, a longtime friend of the exhibition, along with her sons Emrys and Jasper, provide the Kids’ Choice Prize as a part of their private support of Sculpture by the Sea.  Of the prize Emrys says, “The Kids’ Choice Prize brings out the kid in all of us.”

“The reason for us to create the Kids’ Prize was to encourage kids to engage with artworks and play around them instead of being forced into galleries and told to behave and just look”.

Founding Director David Handley says, “Eleven years ago, no one would ever hear a kid say the word ‘sculpture’. Today, all kids know what sculpture is, and how much fun a baby crawling up your picnic rug can be!”

The 11th annual exhibition of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe featured 69 sculptures by artists from across the world. Perth’s largest free to the public outdoor event, will officially close tomorrow afternoon, Monday 23 March.

Sculpture by the Sea is a trans-national series of exhibitions with the Bondi exhibition to take place in Sydney this October and a sister exhibition to be held in Aarhus, Denmark from 5 June – 5 July 2015 featuring the work of Elaine Clocherty from WA.

For more information visit www.sculpturebythesea.com.

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