The Tiny Sculpture Prize will transform the Model Tudor Village, a popular family tourist attraction in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens into a unique contemporary Public Art space for everyone.

The miniature scale of the Model Tudor Village and its archetypal chocolate box houses will provide a richly layered site for Artists + Architects to explore big ideas and bold contemporary issues on a smaller, more manageable scale.

The links between land, history, culture and who we are have always pre-occupied us. The unique historical and cultural context of the Model Tudor Village will provide a place to explore what home means in contemporary Australia today as well as current issues like the links between size and sustainability. 

Traditionally, Public Art tends to be big, which makes it expensive, time consuming and harder to take artistic risks. The small scale of the Tiny Sculpture Prize will free Artists + Architects from the usual limitations.

The best responses to the site will be installed temporarily within the Model Tudor Village for an open-air exhibition in February 2019 running as part of the Sustainable Living Festival program. 

The winner will be awarded the inaugural Tiny Sculpture Prize by a panel of judges from the fields of art and architecture and presented a tiny novelty sized cheque at the exhibition opening.

The Sustainable Living Festival attracts 150,000 visitors with 10,000 more passing through the gardens every day making the Tiny Sculpture Prize a small but very high profile platform for public discourse.

The Site

The Model Tudor Village is a popular tourist attraction in Melbourne’s renowned Fitzroy Gardens located on the edge of the CBD just behind State Parliament.

Gifted to Melbourne in 1948 by the City of Lambeth (England) in appreciation for food aid sent during the Second World War, the quintessential chocolate box style buildings represent a typical Kentish village built during the Tudor period and include thatched cottages, a church, school, hotel and even a scale model of Shakespeare’s home and Anne Hathaway’s cottage.

The Model Tudor Village also served as inspiration for Howard Arkley, one of Australia’s most revered artists  who, after stumbling into the village one stormy night, later produced the Tudor Village paintings which were a precursor to the suburban landscapes he became known for.

Today, the Model Tudor Village forms part of the City of Melbourne’s Art and Heritage collection and is listed by Heritage Victoria. Replicas of the Model Tudor Village can also be found in Vauxhall Park and Brockwell Park in London. 


The Tiny Sculpture Prize will be open to Australian and International
Artists and Architects, with applications scheduled to open in late 2018.

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