24 February 2019

Perth artist Miik Green recieves inaugural $10,000 Alcoa Aluminium Sculpture Award

2019 Alcoa Aluminium Award (11)
Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea, David Handley, Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Michael Parker, and artist Miik Green alongside ‘Thicket 018’.

Sculpture by the Sea and Alcoa of Australia are pleased to announce the highly regarded Western Australian visual artist Miik Green as the inaugural recipient of the Alcoa Aluminium Sculpture Award of $10,000.

The new award, which highlights Alcoa’s 15 years of continued commitment to supporting artists in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe that use aluminium in striking and unique ways, was presented to Green for the creation of a sculpture substantially comprised of aluminium for the upcoming Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2019 exhibition.

His work ‘Thicket 018’ is a large structure of 6mm aluminium rods that will reflect and shimmer as viewers approach, creating exciting optical moments that will capture the imagination of visitors to exhibition from 1-18 March on the famous white sands of Cottesloe Beach.

Said Miik Green: “My work is about opposing forces and ‘Thicket 018’ is no different, aligning natural/man-made and organic/geometric symmetries. Translating these ideas to a physical form is never a linear process, one often constrained by engineering, production and material costs. I sincerely thank Alcoa for their support of my work and patronage of the arts in Western Australia through their continued support of Sculpture by the Sea.”

The award is a significant increase in the support from Alcoa to artists in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe who work in aluminium.

Alcoa of Australia Chairman and Managing Director Michael Parker said, “We’re proud to be a founding and major sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe since it first graced the Western Australian coastline in 2005. The exhibition has generated far reaching community benefits for 15 years.

“We are delighted to support artists to use our flagship product – aluminium. Strong yet light and durable, aluminium is an ideal material for sculpture and this is a perfect exhibition to showcase our product.

“This year, eight artists chose to work predominately with aluminium with West Australian Miik Green, a worthy recipient of the inaugural $10,000 Alcoa Aluminium Sculpture Award. Miik is a passionate advocate for contemporary art in our State and his standout sculpture embodies the versatility and artistic possibilities of aluminium.”

David Handley AM, Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe and Bondi said: “It is a great honour for Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe to host this major new national award for a sculpture made in aluminium and tremendous to see an artist of the calibre of Miik Green as the first recipient. Being a sculptor is one of the hardest art forms in which to forge a career. Major awards, of which there are few, play an important part in increasing an artist’s public profile while putting much needed funds in their pockets. Congratulations to Miik Green and thank you to Alcoa.”

Miik Green is a visual artist and researcher living and working in Perth. He is an associate editor for two international art journals, published author and the current chair of Artsource, Western Australia’s peak visual arts body.

Green draws his inspiration from the microscopic aspects of nature and is currently involved in cross-disciplinary artistic collaborations that integrate the fields of science, mathematics and physics. He is interested in equilibrium, opposing force and material resistance in arts practice.

His works are held in collections such as Artbank (VIC, NSW and WA), Macquarie University, Edith Cowan University, BHP Billiton, Royal Perth Hospital, The Horn Collection, Crown Casino and in private collections interstate and overseas. Green is represented by Linton & Kay Contemporary in WA.

As a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, Green was recently awarded a doctorate in arts practice through Curtin University of Technology. He has been invited to speak on arts practice at national and international conferences, most recently in Paris, Rome and Budapest.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, which is Perth’s largest free to the public event, attracting an estimated 240,000 visitors to explore the art and creating Perth’s own version of the Italian passeggiata with thousands of people wandering among the sculptures on Cottesloe Beach at sunset each evening.

‘Thicket 018’ will exhibit alongside over 70 sculptures from a broad range of Western Australia and interstate artists, as well as a large gathering of international artists from USA, Israel, China, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Italy, Slovakia, Austria, Lithuania, Greece and Andorra.

For more information about Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe please contact:
Harriet Dixon-Smith, NIXCo
Tel: +61 2 8399 0626 | Email: harriet@nixco.com.au

For more information about Alcoa, please contact:
Jane McGuire, Senior Communications Adviser, Alcoa
Tel: +61 410 694 676 | Email: jane.mcguire@alcoa.com.au

Editor’s note
Alcoa of Australia (Alcoa) has a proud history of bauxite mining and alumina and aluminium production in Australia.
• Alcoa has been contributing to Australia’s economy since 1963, investing more than
$12 billion over 55 years.
• More than 65 per cent of Alcoa’s total annual revenue stays in Australia through wages, local purchasing, taxes, royalties, capital investment and dividends to Australian shareholders.
• Alcoa employs more than 4,275 people in Australia. About 3,750 live in WA.
• In our 55 years, Alcoa has taken on more than 2000 apprentices, trainees and graduates.
• Alcoa invested $1.7 billion with Australian suppliers in 2017.
• Alcoa paid $654 million in Australian wages, salaries and associated benefits in 2017.
• Alcoa paid $400 million in State, Federal and Local government taxes and royalties in 2017.
• Alcoa made $4.2 million in community contributions in 2017.