About The Artist

Birdform
The artist’s most recent prize-winning sculpture, Birdform, at the Ewart Gallery in Willoughby, 2006

Background, and education
Sally trained as a psychologist in her native South Africa, graduating with first class honours at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1966. After moving to Sydney in the mid 60’s, she worked first at Broughton Hall Psychiatric Clinic, and then as a relationship and individual counselor for Unifam, the counseling agency run by the Uniting Church, whilst doing further training in counseling at Macquarie University.

20 years later, in the mid 80’s, she turned her passionate hobby of pottery making into a second career. After completing a fulltime 4-year Associate Diploma in Ceramics at Brookvale Tafe, where she topped her final year, she became a professional potter. Another 10 years on, in the 1990’s Sally finally embraced her third career, becoming a sculptor as she moved from sculptural work with clay to experimentation with different materials and techniques. She has studied sculpture with many Sydney teachers including Ingrid Morley, Alan Somerville, Carole Driver, Helen Leete and Hal Holman.

Professional involvement in sculpture:

The Sculptors Society www.sculptorssociety.com:
Sally has been a committee member of The Sculptors Society for many years, and edited The Sculptors Society Bulletin for 10 years from 1999, raising the standard of this publication to its present high standard. She was also part of the group that developed the Society’s new website, which with its wealth of information has become an important resource for the sculpting world in Australia. It also promotes the work of its sculptors, which in 2009 numbers some 250 members. Sally’s new role in the Society is that of Liaison Officer; she has been forging links with mosaic artists, addressing the over 100 delegates at the Maanz conference in Brisbane in October 2009 on sculptural mosaics.

Exhibitions:
Sally has exhibited and sold selected works in Sculptors Society exhibitions at NSW Parliament House in Macquarie St, Darling Park building in Sussex St, the Renaissance Hotel near Circular Quay, and at the St. Ives and Greenwoods, North Sydney shopping plazas. She has also had work selected for exhibition in Hunters Hill regional art show, the RAS Easter Show, both in the Eastern Suburbs and at Homebush, the Ewart Gallery at the Workshop Arts Centre in Willoughby, Bondi Pavilion Gallery at Bondi Beach, Mary Place Gallery in Paddington, Mura Gallery in Newtown, Galleries Primitif in Woollahra, the Balmoral Artists Colony, and for exhibition at an outdoor show at Bicentennial Park, Homebush Bay. All these exhibitions have been centred in Sydney, Australia.

Awards:
She has won many awards, at the RAS, Hunters Hill, and at the Society’s exhibitions to name a few, and is represented in many collections both here and overseas. Her most recent awards were the Sculptors Society Award for “From Foreign Parts, Seeking Refuge” in 2004 selected by Nick Vickers, curator of Sydney University Union Art Collection, and the Ewart Prize for “Birdform” in 2006, selected by artist Gary Shead, sculptor Judith Englert-Shead, and printmaker Michael Kempson


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