On behalf of all the teachers, Board and staff of TBSSS we’d like to take this opportunity to wish everybody a Happy New Year and all the best for 2021!
2020 has been a year like no other and we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to our community for their ongoing support.
As you know, TBSSS had to close its doors for the first time in Terms 1 and 2 due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. However, due to the generous support of the City of Sydney, Service NSW, and our community, we have been able to emerge from the shutdown in a strong, vibrant position. We have continued to offer classes (albeit with reduced numbers) through Terms 3 and 4 and have implemented a comprehensive strategy for keeping our students and staff COVID-safe.
We began the year, as usual, with Alnassar’s marble workshops and our second ever Open Studio. During the year, our Term Workshops classes were as popular as ever, and we have been pleased to open a Monday evening class under the tutelage of Karen Alexander. The Life Study program has continued to grow under the leadership of Jenny Pollak and Ingrid Morley, and an exhibition showcasing the work completed within program has just opened at Clara Street Gallery. A diverse special workshop program continued throughout the year and we welcomed back teachers Carol Crawford (alabaster), Paul Hopmeier (Limestone) and Anne-Marie Taberdo (for our second ever Ice Sculpture workshop).
While we were unable to celebrate student achievements this year with an Annual Studio Exhibition, Clara Street Gallery, under the new direction of Monika Scarrabelotti and Arielle Morris, hosted exhibitions of student and teacher work completed during the COVID-19 lockdown period (‘Art in Isolation‘).
Finally, the Tom Bass Prize Finalists’ Exhibition largely escaped the COVID-19 pandemic and ran successfully at Juniper Hall in March. The Prize continues to support and encourage world-class figurative sculpture in Australia in a diverse range of media.
We wish everybody a safe holiday season and look forward to seeing everybody back in 2021.
For those of you doing the 2021 summer workshops, we will see you very soon in the new year!
Above: Tom Bass, Gender Pieces (at Sculpture by the Sea 1999)