Yulia Podolska (centre) during her visit last year to AUGB's Central Office.

Following the amazing success of her first year exhibiting in the UK, Yulia Podolska, resident artist at The School Creative Centre Rye, once again rises to the challenge of creating a new sculpture, this time for the 2011 Broomhill National Sculpture Prize.  

Yulia is one of ten finalists selected by the Broomhill Art and Sculpture Foundation to be taken through to the exhibition stage of the competition. The judging panel consisting of celebrated sculptor Tim Shaw, acclaimed visual artist Rob Ryan, Internationally renowned sculptor Carol Peace, West Buckland Schools Head of Art - Nigel Minard and Broomhill owners Rinus and Aniet van de Sande combed through over 45 detailed proposals before selecting their final ten. Each finalist has been given a budget of £1,000, to turn their proposed ideas into finished pieces ready for the Summer exhibition which opens in June as part of the North Devon Festival celebrations.

Rinus van de Sande (owner of Broomhill) said: “Selecting the final ten was a difficult task, the judges have quite different backgrounds / tastes and the proposed ideas were so varied. Our final ten sculptors were selected for their strong concepts, clarity of proposal, potential expressive nature of the final piece, plus their ability and creativity demonstrated in past works. Many of the ideas are extremely adventurous in respect to size and materials so there will be challenges and risks ahead for the finalists, but they are dedicated and we are supporting them all the way. We’re confident that this Exhibition will be inspiring, not to mention full of surprises!” 

Yulia’s winning proposal explores the expression of human emotion and her greatest challenge is getting to grips with using rubber, a new material for figurative sculpture.  She says: “I have half a tonne of rubber off cuts outside my studio and having never used the material before am wondering how to work with it and what problems I might encounter”. Each of the finalists will be charting their progress via a Sculptor’s blog www.broomhillart.co.uk so you keep up-to-date with Yulia’s progress and perhaps help her solve any sticky issues that arise as the piece develops.

The Broomhill National Sculpture competition was launched in 2009 to provide an exciting challenge for new and emerging UK-based sculptures. This annual event is a distinctive addition to the national art calendar, not only as it promotes contemporary sculpture, but, as a unique twist the public are given the vote to select their favourite. Two overall winners (to receive cash prizes) will be announced in October 2011, one chosen by the panel of judges and the other by the public. 



The School Creative Centre is a creative and cultural hub and studio facility for professional artists and makers of outdoor work, offering a varied performance and live music programme and dynamic visual and performing arts workshops for children, young people and adults in Kent and East Sussex. www.theschoolcreativecentre.co.uk

Yulia Podolska studied art and classical sculpture at The Kiev Academy of Fine Art, from where she graduated with Masters Degrees in sculpture and conservation. Currently Yulia is working on the production of a series of full size marble female nudes and on a series of portraits based on shapes in the natural environment. Yulia also works as a conservator of fine art and statuary and museum objects both in the UK and internationally. www.yuliapodolska.com

The Broomhill Art & Sculpture Foundation launched the Broomhill National Sculpture competition in 2009 to provide an exciting challenge for new and emerging UK-based sculptures.

North Devon Hospice has been chosen to be a beneficiary of the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, as this charity has a significant, positive impact in the local community, which the Broomhill Art & Sculpture Foundation wishes to support.  The sculpture that wins the public vote will be donated to North Devon Hospice for one year and then replaced yearly by subsequent winning sculptures. www.broomhillart.co.uk

For more information and images contact Sally Lampitt:  
Email: sallylampitt@yahoo.co.uk
Phone: 07751 250398


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