Braddon Snape

Braddon Snape

Artist Profile

Biography

Dr Braddon Snape is a nationally recognised Newcastle (Australia) based artist who specialises in three-dimensional practice including large-scale public artworks. Over the past 27 years Snape has developed a practice utilising a diverse range of media that now encompasses sculpture, installation, video, and performance, earning Snape a reputation for conceptually rich works revealed through a minimal aesthetic and an astute understanding and sensitivity to materials, media, and site. His current practice interrogates a dangerously exciting and new method of inflating steel. This performative process developed whilst researching for his PhD gives Snape’s work a renewed freedom, where it reveals a delicate dialogue between control and chance that has been aptly described as Action Sculpture. Snape’s recent addition of crafted light has added another dimension to his ever-evolving practice.

Highlights include: Winner of the Lake Prize 2022; Blake Prize finalist 2022; Things are not as they appear (Smoke and Mirrors), Nanda Hobbs Sydney and Grafton Regional Gallery 2021; An Act of Restraint, Nanda Hobbs Sydney 2019; Internal Pressure, The LockUp Contemporary Art Space, Newcastle 2019; Clouds Gathering, Public artwork commissioned by Maitland City Council for The Riverlink Building 2018; International Sculpture Festa 2012, Seoul, South Korea; Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist 2009; McClelland Sculpture Survey Award Finalist 2007.

Dr Braddon Snape is a nationally recognised Newcastle (Australia) based artist who specialises in three-dimensional practice including large-scale public artworks. Over the past 27 years Snape has developed a practice utilising a diverse range of media that now encompasses sculpture, installation, video, and performance, earning Snape a reputation for conceptually rich works revealed through a minimal aesthetic and an astute understanding and sensitivity to materials, media, and site. His current practice interrogates a dangerously exciting and new method of inflating steel. This performative process developed whilst researching for his PhD gives Snape’s work a renewed freedom, where it reveals a delicate dialogue between control and chance that has been aptly described as Action Sculpture. Snape’s recent addition of crafted light has added another dimension to his ever-evolving practice.

Highlights include: Winner of the Lake Prize 2022; Blake Prize finalist 2022; Things are not as they appear (Smoke and Mirrors), Nanda Hobbs Sydney and Grafton Regional Gallery 2021; An Act of Restraint, Nanda Hobbs Sydney 2019; Internal Pressure, The LockUp Contemporary Art Space, Newcastle 2019; Clouds Gathering, Public artwork commissioned by Maitland City Council for The Riverlink Building 2018; International Sculpture Festa 2012, Seoul, South Korea; Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Finalist 2009; McClelland Sculpture Survey Award Finalist 2007.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021 Things are not as the appear, Grafton Regional Gallery
2019 Things are not as they appear (Smoke and Mirrors), Nanda Hobbs, Chippendale
2019 An Act of restraint, Nanda Hobbs, Chippendale
2018 Internal Pressure, The Lockup Contemporary Art Space, Newcastle
2017 INtangible Content, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, East Sydney
2016 The INvisible Void, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, East Sydney
2016 Materiality Performed – Maitland Regional Art Gallery
2008 Internal Forces – Braddon Snape, Spot 81, Chippendale
2008 Braddon Snape – unclassified, John Miller Gallery, Newcastle
2006 Braddon Snape – John Miller Gallery, Newcastle
2004 Installation, Negotiating The Void – Newcastle Region Art Gallery
2002 Braddon Snape – John Miller Gallery, Newcastle
2002 Installation, The Matrix Configurations – Intrados Gallery, Newcastle
2000 32 – Lindsay St Gallery, Hamilton
1999 MFA Exhibition – Angst, Equilibrium & The Other – John Paynter Gallery,
Newcastle
1996 Braddon Snape – von Bertouch Galleries, Newcastle

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022 Lake Art Prize, Museum of Art & Culture (MAC), Lake Macquarie
2022 The Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse
2020 Sydney Contemporary Presents
2018 Hunter Red: Corpus, Newcastle Art Gallery
2018 Incubating Fibre, Timeless Textiles Gallery, Newcastle
2017 Sydney Contemporary, Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Carriageworks
2017 Soft Core Artist Showcase, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
2016 Conny Dietzschold Gallery, East Sydney
2015 Next to Nothing (Art as Performance), The Lockup, Newcastle
2015 Just Paper, Maitland Regional Art Gallery
2014 Clouds Intersected, China Cultural Centre, Sydney
2014 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi
2013 25 Watt, Watt Space 25th Anniversary, Newcastle
2012 Sculpture 2013, Syndicate @ Danks, Sydney (Waterloo)
2012 Inspiring Artists, Pat Corrigan Grant Recipients, Maitland Region Art Gallery
2012 Absence, Forsight Gallery, Newcastle
2012 Absence, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Waterloo
2012 International Sculpture Festa 2012, Seoul, Korea
2010 Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi
2009 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize – Woollahra, Sydney
2009 Arousing Newcastle – Art Systems Wickham, Newcastle
2009 Art Works – Staff show Newcastle Art School, Front Room Gallery, Newcas
2009 Now – Art Systems Wickham, Newcastle
2008 Jam – Newcastle Art School Staff Exhibition, Front Room Gallery, Newcastle
2008 Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi
2007 McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award – Langwarrin, Victoria
2007 Sculpture 2007 – Maunsell Wickes @ Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney
2006 Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi
2006 Sculpture 2006 – Maunsell Wickes @ Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney
2005 Art and About, curated by Stella Downer – AMP Headquarters, Sydney
2005 Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi
2005 Sculpture Inside – Maunsell Wickes @ Barry Stern Galleries, Sydney
2005 Recent Acquisitions – Newcastle Region Gallery
2004 Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi
2004 Sculpture 2004 Global Gallery – Paddington, Sydney
2003 Sculpture by the Sea – Bondi
2003 House Show – Global Gallery, Paddington, Sydney
2003 Byrnes, Snape, Speight – Maitland City Art Gallery
2003 Sculpture 2003 (Objective forms & Formal Objects) – Global Gallery, Paddington,
Sydney
2001 Yesterdays River Today – Maitland City Art Gallery
2000 Inaugural exhibition – Newcastle Art Space, Newcastle West
1999 Drawing from the Word – Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
1998 Future Perfect – ACUADS Conference, VCA Gallery, Melbourne
1998 Iced Novos – PCL Exhibitionists, Sydney
1997 Guest Sculptor – Bretton Hall, College of Arts, The University of Leeds, UK
1997 Sculptor in Residence – Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery
1996 Collectors Choice – von Bertouch Galleries, Cooks Hill
1994 National Tertiary Art Prize (Finalist) – Hobart, Tasmania
1989 Sculpture and Works on Paper – Architects Snell, Newcastle

AWARDS
2022 Winner: Lake Art Prize, Museum of Art & Culture (MAC), Lake Macquarie
2022 Finalist: Blake Prize, Casula Powerhouse, Casula
2021 Rupio Prize for Metallurgical Excellence, Sculpture on the Farm, Dungog
2018 Prize for Innovation, Sculpture on the Farm, Dungog
2011 Acquisitive Award, Sculpture on the Farm
2009 Lower Hunter Urban Design Award: Vantage Public Art
2009 Finalist – Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Sydney
2007 Finalist – McClelland Sculpture Survey & Award, Langwarrin, Victoria
2004 Highly Commended – Casuarina Sculpture Walk, Casuarina, New South Wales
2003 The Australian Unrepresented Sculptor Award – Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi
2003 Central Coast Festival of Arts Sculpture Award Highly Commended
2002 Central Coast Festival of Arts Sculpture Award Winner
2002 Winning Sculpture – Newcastle Regional Art Competition
2001 Newcastle Regional Art Competition – 3rd
1998 Macquarie Manufacturing Post Graduate Award for Sculpture
1997 Royal Newcastle Hospital 180th Anniversary – Art Prize, 3rd
1996 Winning Sculpture – Newcastle Regional Art Competition
1994 Finalist – National Tertiary Art Prize, Hobart
1993 Joe Punshon Memorial Prize for Excellence in Sculpture – The University of
Newcastle
1988 John Mudge Memorial Art Prize – Hunter Institute of TAFE

ARTWORKS

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