Messages – new works 2016

Painter Michaye Boulter and I will both be exhibiting new works this January at Handmark in Hobart.
While we worked independently this time it is a pleasure to show in tandem again with Michaye as our work sits so well together.  It was a truly extraordinary experience bringing everything together for the first time ahead of the show.
We chose to share the title Messages as it is strongly relevant to both bodies of work.

Anchored 2015
Sally Brown
crocheted cotton, stone, beeswax
Photography: Peter Whyte

Messages opens on Friday 22 January at 6pm at Handmark, Salamanca Place, Hobart.

Michaye and I will each speak about our work at the opening.
The exhibition continues until 15 Febuary.

You can see images of all the work in Messages online from 22 January onwards at Handmark’s website.

Beach (detail) 2015
Sally Brown
driftwood, telephone wire
Photography: Peter Whyte

Transience – Michaye Boulter and Sally Brown 2014

Painter Michaye Boulter and I are exhibiting together at Handmark Gallery, Salamanca.

Transience opens on Friday 14th February(valentines day!) at 6pm, Handmark Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart.  The exhibition continues until Tuesday 11th March.

Pool 2014
Sally Brown
stainless steel, stainless steel wire and beeswax

Photography: Julien Scheffer

Transience 2014
Artists Statement
The pattern and repetition of nature intrigues me; never machine-perfect, little anomalies and imperfections occur.  The same soothing irregularities come with the handmade, creating a familiar realness.
Much of my work is made with salvaged materials, often reworked beyond recognition.  The Patina, texture and secret stories of a past existence appeal; the material, worn or unwanted and ripe for rebuilding gives me the curiosity to explore.  At times I am a spectator, watching an object grow incrementally in my hands, not always knowing the form it will take.
I make vessels, containing and defining the inside and outside space.  Sometimes they are ghosts of vessels, echoes of a time of necessity, the inside merging with the outside.
Sally Brown

Sculpture For Sight

Organised by Sight For All, an organisation dedicated to improving eye health and preventing unnecessary blindness in developing countries, Sculpture For Sight is a major fundraising event towards this cause.

Held at St Mark’s College in Adelaide, the event begins with a garden party and preview on Friday 13th December.  The exhibition will be open to the general public on Saturday 14th December where indoor and outdoor work by more than 90 talented Australian artists will be on show and available for sale.

If you can’t make it to the event, there is an excellent online catalogue at

I have a stainless steel platter in this year’s Sculpture For Sight exhibition.

Regrowth (platter) 2013 Sally Brown
stainless steel
Photography: Peter Whyte

Peoples’ Choice Award

Benchmarking Birchs Bay sculpture trail has finished for another year, the votes have been counted and I am so pleased to have won my first ever People’s Choice Award.   I have heard so many great comments about this piece.  Thankyou, People, for choosing Espalier!
Although the 2013 exhibition has ended, you can still walk the trail at Fleurtys and see the permanent collection of sculptures.

Espalier is still available for sale.  It is a wall sculpture suitable for either indoors or outdoors, and is designed to provide a few handy twigs for hanging hats, coats etc.  Espalier measures about 150cm diameter and protrudes out from the wall by 10cm.  It is attached with discrete screws and could be installed on a masonry, weatherboard or stud wall, or a brick or paling fence.  Please contact me for more images, price etc.

Espalier (detail) 2013 Sally Brown
photography: Peter Whyte

Pickled: Tasmanian Artists Working in Metals

I have been invited to participate in an exhibition showcasing contemporary Tasmanian metalwork at Brave Art Gallery, Longford, Tasmania.   I’ll have six pieces in the show, including some new work. 

Pickled: Tasmanian Artists working in Metals
Brave Art Gallery, Longford
opens on Saturday July 6
Artist/Curator talk: Sunday 14 July
continues until Sunday July 28


In early 2013 a special issue of online journal Coolabah looks at ‘Placedness’ in Australia.   Coolabah is the online journal of the University of Barcelona Australian Studies Centre.   Special issue no.11, ‘Placescape, placemaking, placemarking, placedness… geography and cultural production’ is guest edited by Bill Boyd and Ray Norman. 
Bill and Ray have put together a paper; ‘Reflections: Remade, Reworked, Reimagined: Sally Brown talks about place’ which looks at the relationship of my work to place/ Tasmania, and incorporates some interview style contributions from myself.  You can find the interview/blog and more at The Nudgelbah Institute, Sally Brown Tasmania
Go to Coolabah Placedness to find the full contents of Coolabah issue 11, including the article ‘Reflections: Remade, Reworked, Reimagined: Sally Brown talks about place’, or go straight to the PDF.

Mayor’s Artist Award

The 8th Benchmarking Birchs Bay sculpture trail/prize (see previous post) opened on 29 March with an artists’ award function. 
I am very pleased to be the recipient of the Kingborough Council Mayor’s Artist Award, a non-aquisitive prize, for my piece Espalier. 
Thanks to all at Fleurty’s for another great event.

Benchmarking Birchs Bay

This year’s sculpture trail/prize at Fleurty’s, Birchs Bay opens on Friday March 29 (Good Friday) and runs until the end of June. 
I will have a new functional/sculptural piece, Espalier, on show. 
Visit the new Benchmarking Birchs Bay website for more information.

Objects in Place

Objects in Place is an exhibition of members’ work from Designed Objects Tasmania (DOT).
You can download the full exhibition cataogue from the DOT website. 
The exhibition will be at Mawson Place, Hobart from 14- 20 March 2013, and is part of the Ten Days on The Island arts festival. 
My piece Scaly Bowl is in this exhibition.  Thankyou to Millie Mutimer and DOT for the great photo of Scaly Bowl ‘in place’.
Scaly Bowl
Sally Brown 2012
sheet metal ‘scales’, laminated plywood substrate, nails
photography: Millie Mutimer