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Matthew Harding is an Australian artist and designer. He is engaged in an innovative and diverse practice spanning sculpture, public art and design.

The artist pushes the boundaries of materials with the use of specific processes producing large scale sculptural forms.

He works with a variety of materials such as metal, stone, wood and glass.

Nature is very important for him. The artist aims to create a poetic relationship between his sculptures and their environment.

In 30 years Matthew Harding has made over forty monumental artworks for public commissions.

The artist lives and works in Australia.





2016          Pipedreams. 8m dia x 12m Woven Stainless steel sculpture. Pipemakers Park. Maribyrnong City Council. VIC

                  Understory. 9m high podium sculpture for the Old Treasury Building. Form/ Mirvac. Perth CBD. WA

2015          ATFM Australian Turkish Friendship MemorialSeeds of Friendship . Kings Domain. Melbourne VIC.

                  MAMA. Albury Gallery Façade. 30m suspended stainless steel woven light sculpture. Albury NSW.

                  567 Collins St. 14m Forecourt Sculpture, Stainless steel. Melb CBD. VIC

                  Growth. 6m high stainless steel and light sculpture. Kenmore. QLD

                  Bloom. 12 x 6m high stainless and aluminium sculptures. Bloom Estate, Clyde North. VIC

2014          Ship to Shore. Large-scale illuminated stainless steel marine knot sculpture. Honeysuckle Development Corp. Newcastle

                  Nest. 7m high illuminated stainless steel bower sculpture. The Forum Westfield Mt Gravatt QLD

                  Centricity II.  250m square illuminated façade sculpture for Entrance of Footscray Plaza. Footscray Melb

                  Figments and Filaments Stainless Steel. UAP (urban Art Projects). Dynasty on the Bund, Shanghia, China

2013          Fruition. Large rusted organic pod forms 6.5 & 4.2m. Corner of Flemington Rd & Royal Park, City of Melbourne, VIC

                  Reels of Industry. Public artworks for St Clair Development. Adelaide, SA

                  O'void. Mirror stainless & automotive paint. UAP (urban Art Projects). Marriott Hotel Foyer, Baohua, China

                  45. Mirror stainless sculpture for 45 Williams St. Melbourne CBD, VIC

2012          Aperture. 10m suspended stainless steel lobby sculpture. 52 Martin Place, Sydney CBD, NSW

                  South Korea World Expo. Two 12meter cantilever projections screens. Design consultation & fabrication. South Korea

                  Neo. Atrium sculpture for 70th floor foyer of the Four Seasons 103 story tower. Guanghzou, China

2011          Longitude. Veteran’s Park Memorial Sculpture. A figurative carving from a 20t block of Harcourt granite depicting the 
                  emotional separation experienced between service personnel & their families. Canberra, ACT

                  Scarp. Kalamunda Cultural Community Centre Entrance Art Works. In collaboration with Malcolm Harris. Kalamunda, WA

2010          MONA Museum of Old and New Art. Mirror stainless steel front entrance wall. Collaboration with Fender Katsalidis. Hobart, TAS

                  Ebb and Flow. Mirror polishes stainless steel sculptures 5 & 4m high. Canberra CBD, ACT

                  Australia Pavilion for the World Expo. 8 X 10m h stainless steel light sculptures. Collaboration with TCL. Shanghai, China

                  Chrysalis. 6m high stainless steel sculpture. Port Hedland, WA

2009          Tryst. 10m h stainless steel sculpture. Freshwater Place, South Bank, Melbourne, VIC

                  Chadstone Shopping Centre. Stainless steel sculpture. Chadstone, VIC

2008          Galleria Entrance Sculpture Mirror. Polished stainless steel seating forms on theme of climate change. Melbourne, VIC

                  Gasworks ArtPark Sculpture. Bluestone carvings of industrial & cultural midden. Gasworks Arts Park, Melbourne, VIC

2007          Incolink Entrance Sculpture. Stainless steel form. Melbourne, VIC

                  National Mabo Memorial. Townsville City Council. Townsville, QLD

2006          The ACT Memorial. 9m high stainless steel screens, 12m dia feature granite & glass feature. ACT Government. Canberra

2005          Garden of Remembrance Veteran Affairs. Large carved marble skimming stones on pebble mosaic. Woden Cemetery, ACT

                  Sculptural Foyer Seating. Playhouse Theatre. Newcastle, NSW

2004          Sculptural Privacy Screen. MGT Architects, for Wing Tia Holdings. Singapore

2003          Accessible Arts. Sandstone sculpture project, Newcastle University. Newcastle, NSW

                  Madonna & Child. Sandstone entrance sculpture for Calvary Hospital. Canberra, ACT

                  Craft ACT Entrance, Foyer and Stairwell Project. Illuminated beacon (stainless steel & LED), feature wall 
                  (glass & optic fiber) & entrance display wall & cabinets. In collaboration with Mark Woolston, Craft ACT. Canberra, ACT

2002          Kambah Shopping Centre Artworks. 7 chain-woven sheep, a large granite beetle & sculptural poles. Canberra, ACT

2001          Eastcom ‘Hemisphere’ Mist Sculpture. Design & construction of a 12m diameter stainless steel water sculpture incorporating 1500 meters of stainless steel cable.                       ACT & Hangzhou Governments. Eastcom/Motorola. Hangzhou, China

2001          Casuarina Pod. 3 bronze ‘Casuarina Pod’ sculptures within Casuarina grove, Arts ACT, Binara Park, Canberra, ACT

2001          The Cushion and The Wedge. Large sculptural stainless steel “Cushion” on sandblasted & textured granite platforms with engraved poetry by Marion Halligan. ACT               Government. Garema Place, Canberra, ACT

2001          Stage II artworks for Curtin Shopping Centre. A series of ‘bird themed’ sculptures. ACT Government. Canberra, ACT

2001          Bogong Moths. National Museums landscape sculptures. Collaboration Ngunnawal artist: Jim Williams. Canberra, ACT

2000          Honeysuckle Creek Tracing Station artworks. Honeysuckle Creek Tracing Station, Namadgi. Canberra, ACT

                  Carved commemorative gift for The Duke of Edinburgh. ACT Government. Canberra, ACT

                  Front Entry/Portal Sculptures for New Tidbinbilla Visitors Centre. Environment ACT. Canberra, ACT


2014          Lorne Sculpture Biennale. Lorne, VIC

                  McClelland National Sculpture Survey and Award McClelland Sculpture Park, Langwarrin, VIC

2013          Sculpture by the Sea. Aarhus, Denmark

                  Mt Buller Sculpture Award. Mt Buller, VIC

                  Group Sculpture Exhibition. Mars Gallery. Mezzanine of World Trade Centre, Melbounre, VIC

2012          McClelland National Sculpture Survey & Award. McClelland Gallery. Langwarrin, VIC

                  Intersection-Synchronicity. Solo exhibition Despard Gallery. Hobart, TAS

                  Toyota TCSG Sculpture Exhibiiton. Toyota, Melbourne, VIC

2011          Lorne Sculpture exhibition. Lorne, VIC

                  Sculpture by the Sea. Sydney, NSW

                  Elemental. Craft ACT. Canberra, ACT

2010          McClelland National Sculpture Survey & Award. McClelland Gallery. Langwarrin, VIC

                  Sculpture by the Sea. Sydney, NSW

2009          Lorne Sculpture exhibition. Lorne, VIC

                  Fringe Furniture Alumni Exhibition. Melbourne Museum. Melbourne, VIC

                  SILVER: Fringe Furniture 2009. Melbourne, VIC

                  Aqueous Bloom. Gasworks, Melbourne, VIC

                  Sculpture 2009. Australian Art Resources. Melbourne, VIC

                  Cecile & Colin Riggs Design Awards. Ian Potter Centre NGV. Melbourne,VIC

2008          Sculpture by the Sea. Sydney, NSW

                  Melbourne Fringe Furniture. Melbourne Fringe Festival. Melbourne Museum, VIC

                  Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award. Werribee Park, VIC

                  Palmer Environmental Sculpture exhibition. Palmer, SA

                  Home Beautiful Designer of the Year Awards. Westfield Bondi Junction, Sydney, NSW

                  Latitude at Designex. Sydney, NSW

                  Contempora 08. Docklands, Melbourne, VIC

                  University of Western Sydney Sculpture Prize. UWS, NSW

2007          Pacific Connections. Del Mano Gallery. Los Angeles, USA

                  McClelland National Sculpture Award. McClelland Gallery. Langwarrin, VIC

                  Shy Boy, She Devil, & Isis: The Art of Conceptual Craft. Boston Museum of Fine Art Ron Wornic Collection. Boston, USA

                  Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Woollahra, NSW

                  The Edge. The International Australian Furniture Fair. Sydney, NSW

                  Melbourne Fringe Furniture. Melbourne Fringe Festival. Melbourne Museum, VIC

                  Site Unseen. Ephemeral Sculpture Installations at Dight’s Fall’s & Quarry Park. Melbourne Fringe, VIC

                  Contaminations. Gasworks Art Park. Albert Park, VIC

                  Sculpture 2007. Australian Art Resources. Melbourne, VIC

                  Workshopped 07. Sydney Design Week. Sydney, NSW

2006          Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award. Werribee Park, VIC

                  Sculpture by the Sea. Sydney, NSW

                  Workshopped 06. Sydney Design Week. Sydney, NSW

2005          Masterpieces in Wood. Narek Galleries. Tanja, NSW

                  Masters of Wood. Sydney Convention Centre. Sydney, NSW

2004          SOFA. represented by Narek Galleries. Chicago USA

                  Form & Spirit. ITE International Turning Exchange. Philadelphia, USA

                  Curv-iture. Red Gallery. Savannah, USA

                  Pioneering Craft. Pei Ling Chan Gallery. Savannah, USA

                  Workshopped 04. Sydney Design Week. Sydney, NSW

                  Curve. Craft ACT. Canberra, ACT

                  Collect. Victoria & Albert Museum. London, UK

                  Cromwell’s Art Prize. Sydney Biennale, Jackson Gallery & Australian Embassy. Sydney, Melbourne & Washington DC, USA

                  Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award. Werribee Park, VIC

2003          National Sculpture Prize. National Gallery of Australia. Canberra, ACT

                  Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award. Werribee Park, VIC

                  Salone Satellite. Milan Furniture Fair. Milan, Italy

2002          SOFA. represented by Narek Galleries. Chicago, USA

                  Sculpture by the Sea. Sydney, NSW

                  Hands On. Object Galleries. Sydney, NSW

                  Surface & Form. International Fine Wood Exhibition, Defining Futures Forum at Craftwest. Perth, WA

                  Defining the Object IV. Quadrivium Gallery, QVB. Sydney, NSW

                  Rocking Chairs. An exhibition of concept rocking chairs, Sotheby’s. Milan, Italy

                  Creative Fellows. An exhibition by (Arts Award) ACT Churchill Fellows, Links Gallery. Canberra, ACT

                  Black, White & Grey Matter. Craft ACT. Canberra, ACT

                  Inform. With trainee Michael Cammack - Australia Council Mentorship Program Exhibition, Craft ACT. Canberra, ACT

2001          Selected Visions: Public Art in Canberra from Federation to Today. Canberra Museum & Gallery. Canberra, ACT

                  Outsite. Site-specific sculpture exhibition. Alice Springs, NT

                  North Coast Sculpture Exhibition. Thursday Plantation. Ballina, NSW

                  Rings of History. National Touring Exhibition, Craft ACT. Canberra, ACT

2000          Sculptural Furniture. Brisbane City Art Gallery. Brisbane, QLD

                  Little Bowl Show. Saskatchewan Craft Gallery. Saskatoon, Canada

                  Sculpture from the Sea. Hazellhurst Gallery. Sydney, NSW

                  Defining the Object II. Quadrivium Gallery, QVB. Sydney, NSW

                  Metallic. ANCA Gallery. Canberra, ACT

                  Construct. Brisbane City Art Gallery. Brisbane, Qld


2011          Participant “Masterpieces of World Culture” International Sand Sculpting Festival. St. Petersburg, Russia

2009          Port Hedland Sculpture Workshop. Port Hedland, WA

2008          Guest Lecturer. Australian School of Fine Furniture, UTAS. Hobart, TAX

                  ‘Joint’ International Wood & Furniture Design Collaboration. Mariestad, Sweden

2004          International Artist: Emma 2004. Collaborative Workshop & Conference. Emma Lake, Canada

                  Speaker: Annual Furniture Society Conference. Savannah, USA

                  Resident Artist: ITE International Turning Exchange. Philadelphia, USA

2003          Resident Artist ‘Designing Futures’ Form. Perth, WA

2002          Speaker: International ‘Designing Futures’ Forum, Form. Perth, WA

2001          Artforum Lecturer: Public Art Projects undertaken in Canberra. CMAG. Canberra, ACT

                  International Artist: Collaborationz 2001. Workshop & Conference. Whangarei, New Zealand

2000          International Artist: Emma 2000. Collaborative Workshop & Conference. Emma Lake, Canada


2015          Short listed for 2 Victorian ‘Premiers Design Award’ for the ANZAC Centenary ‘Australian Turkish Friendship Memorial’

2014          McClelland National Sculpture Award. McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. Langwarrin, VIC

2011          Peoples Choice Award, McClelland National Sculpture Survey. McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park. Langwarrin, VIC

2010          Helen Lempriere Scholarship. Sculpture by the Sea. Sydney, NSW

2007          Concept and Innovation Award. The Edge, The Australian International Furniture Fair. Sydney, NSW

2005          Inaugural Sem Foundation Scholarship. Residency at Studio Sem. Pietrasanta, Italy

2005          Rosalie Gascoigne Award CAPO. Canberra, ACT

2004          People’s Choice Award. Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award. Melbourne, VIC

                  Wyndham City Council Sculpture Award. Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Prize. Melbourne, VIC

2003          artsACT Creative Arts Fellowship. Canberra, ACT Canberra Critics Circle Award. Canberra, ACT

2001          First Prize. Inaugural 'Outsite' site-specific sculpture symposium. Alice Springs, NT

1998          Churchill Fellowship. To develop Carving, Figurative Sculpture and Furniture Design Practice. Europe and USA

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