Australian artist Braddon Snape has developed a practice over 20 years that encompasses sculpture and installation in a diverse range of media. Highlights include participation in Sculpture by the Sea seven times, a finalist in the McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award, the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, ISF Korea and numerous significant Public Art commissions that demonstrate a thorough understanding of materiality and site.
Braddon has earned a reputation for an astute understanding and sensitivity to materials that reveal a minimal aesthetic that is equally rich in content. Proficient when he employs any chosen material, his most recent work interrogates a dangerously exciting and new method of inflating steel. This performative process developed whilst researching for the PhD gives his work a renewed freedom, where it reveals a delicate dialogue between control and chance that has been aptly described as Action Sculpture.
For a more comprehensive list of Braddon’s achievements please view the CV page.
is an established Newcastle based artist whose primarily three-dimensional practice appears in galleries, and in the public domain as large-scale public artworks, both in Australia and abroad.
Over the past 25 years, Snape has developed a practice that encompasses sculpture and installation in a diverse range of media. The artist has earned a reputation for conceptually rich works revealed through a minimal aesthetic and an astute understanding and sensitivity to materials. Underpinned by a poetic sensibility, Snape’s abstract works often reference place, history, human endeavor and the natural world.
Highlights of Braddon’s career to date include participation in Sculpture by the Sea seven times, a finalist in the McClelland Sculpture Survey and Award and the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize; ISF Korea; Materiality Performed, Maitland Region Art Gallery; Hunter Red – Corpus, Newcastle Art Gallery and numerous significant Public Art commissions that demonstrate a thorough understanding of materiality and site. Public art commissions include Landcom Vantage, Port Stephens; The SubWharfyen, Sydney Wharf, Pyrmont and most recently Clouds Gathering, a large Public Art Installation for Maitland City Council.
Braddon’s work is held in national and international collections including Crown Hatai, Seoul, Korea; Bretton Hall, College of Arts, University of Leeds, UK; Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, Sydney; Newcastle Art Gallery; Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery; Maitland Regional Gallery; Port Stephens Council; and The University of Newcastle; and in private collections in Australia, Great Britain, China and USA.
Snape currently lectures in Sculpture at The University of Newcastle and is the Director of the Newcastle artist studio and gallery initiative The Creator Incubator.