Listen to artist Margarita Sampson talk about exhibiting at the very first Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and what it has taken to exhibit a further nine times as she joins the panel for 'From Studio to Clifftop: insights into the artists and process behind Sculpture by the Sea'.
Born in Nowra, NSW, Margarita Sampson grew up on Norfolk Island, attending boarding school and then COFA in Sydney, where she received a BA & M.Art in painting. She began sculptural work in response to the first Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in 1997, where her work received the People’s Choice Prize the following year.
Following a shipping accident in 2001 where most of her work & documentation were lost, Sampson returned to Norfolk Island & opened a bookstore. During this time she exhibited a solo exhibition of woven works at Craft Victoria in 2006, curated several shows of island weaving (subsequently purchased by QAGOMA for their collection) and was a guest artist for Sculpture by the Sea 2006.
Sampson also represented Norfolk Island at 3 Pacific Arts Festivals held in New Caledonia 2000, Palau 2004 & Samoa 2008. In 2010 she was awarded at Churchill Fellowship for investigations into contemporary jewellery, where she undertook internships with European contemporary jewellers. Following her return to Sydney in 2011, works have been included in the Waterhouse Art Prize (winner, object section) 2012, Gold Coast Art Prize 2012, Willoughby Sculpture Prize 2013, Wynne Prize 2013, Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize 2015 , The Blake Prize for Religious Art 2016 & Sculpture by the Sea in 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015, winning the Andrea Stretton Memorial award in 2011. 2015 marked her 10th year exhibiting with Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi.
Her solo show ‘Infectious Desires’ held at Stanley St Gallery in 2015 & touring to Tamworth Regional Gallery later in the year received international press coverage from as far afield as Russia, Taiwan, the USA, Britain & South America. Her work is held in private & public collections including those of UNSW, Tjibaou Centre in New Caledonia, Royal Blind Society Sydney & Tamworth Regional Gallery.