Westley Tully on site, Photographer Verity Jasmin Burley.

Westley Tully

Teaching, Metal, Recycled, Sculpture, Timber, Installation, Outdoor, Public Art

As a multidisciplinary artist, Westley Tully has an ability to traverse a wide territory, creating gallery work, installation pieces, public art, community based projects, collaborations and commissioned works. He possesses a broad range of skills and is acclaimed for his ability to work with a variety of materials, from metal, bronze, wood and glass to discarded objects and salvaged jetty timbers.

Having spent many years living by the sea, Tully produces refined works that explore and reference marine themes while utilising a vast collection of intriguing resources. Aesthetics and the history of materials significantly influence his decisions when considering how best to convey his ideas, which are often not immediately obvious or interpreted by viewers.

Tully has been a finalist in the Waterhouse Natural History Art prize nine times and received High Commendations in 2005 and 2007. In 2013, he received the SALA Award and People’s Choice Award in the Helpmann Academy Graduate’s Exhibition with his installation work ‘Luminescence’. His public artworks and community projects can be found in Bendigo, Willunga and Murray Bridge.

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Solo Exhibitions

2013, Luminescence, Fox Creek Cellar Door and Vineyards, McLaren Vale, SA

Group Exhibitions

2017, Fleurieu Art and Song Exhibition, Fox Creek Cellar Door, McLaren Vale, SA
2017, Adelaide Airport Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures Exhibition, Brighton, SA
2015, The Governors Garden, 2015 SALA Festival, Government House, SA


2000-2012, Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design (majoring in Sculpture), Adelaide Institute of TAFE, South Australia
1995-1996, Advanced Certificate in Furnishing, Marleston College of TAFE, South Australia
1981–1985, Post-trade elective studies - Advanced Cabinet Making II, Furniture Finishing, Woodturning, Woodcarving I, Woodcarving II, Advanced Cabinet Making I, Marleston College of TAFE, South Australia


2013, Finalist, The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum
2013, SALA Award and People's Choice Award, Helpmann Academy Graduate's Exhibition, South Australia
2011, Finalist, The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum
2009, Aboriginal Group or Organisation Contribution to the Community, Pulgi Woodwork Group, South Australia
2003-2008, Finalist, The Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, South Australian Museum


2016, C.Gregory, 'Chance to be involved in art', The Murray Valley Standard, Tuesday 23 August, 2016, <http://www.murrayvalleystandard.com.au/story/4110000/chance-to-be-involved-in-art/?cs=12>.
2013, R.Allan, 'In the club', Adelaide Matters, Issue 156, May 2013, p18.
2012, Dr T Kerr, 'A Homage to Nature', Heysen Sculpture Biennial, Art Monthly Australia, Issue 256, No. 252, p30.


2017, The Willunga Main Street Project in collaboration with Jason Balmer and Neil Robson Construct, street furniture seating elements as designed by Mulloway Studio for the City of Onkaparinga, SA.
2016, TRAVELLERS TOTEM, public artwork commissioned by The Rural City of Murray Bridge, Sturt Reserve foreshore, Murray Bridge, SA.
2001, Venus Going My Way, standing skeletal metal figure sculpture commissioned by Karen Thomas, collection of Fisher Jeffries, Adelaide, SA.


2008, Double Vision Artist Exchange, Bendigo, Victoria


All welcome, opening 1pm Saturday 17th of March

The 8th Palmer Sculpture Biennial

13 Mar 2018

The Paler Sculpture Biennial features an impressive cohort of international, interstate and local artists, including indigenous works from the Peramangk community and the Tiwi Islanders. Look for Carlotta Brunetti (Germany), Karl Chilcott (Sweden), Peter Lundberg (USA), Titus Eichenberger (Switzerland), Jennifer Cochrane (WA), Sally Kidall (NSW), Flossie Peitsch (Vic), and Amanda Stuart (ACT) joined by SA's Mary Ann Santin (emerging), David Atkins, Greg Johns, David Kerr, Stephen Lloyd, Phillip McGillivray-Tory, Ray Meandering, The Union Street Sculptors, Astra Parker, Tim Shaw, Deb Sleeman, Westley Tully, Nicholas Uhlmann, Ronda Wallis, Clancy Warner and Lorry Wedding Marchioro.

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Work in progress - seating elements

Spring into WIllunga Street Party

25 Nov 2017

A community celebration showcasing food, wine, art speciality products from Willunga and the Fleurieu.

10.30am-3.30pm Saturday 25 November 2017 High Street Willunga

Free family entertainment (face painting, kids activities). Food and Licensed Courtyards. Willunga Market Stalls. Live Music and Roving Entertainment. Picnic Tables. Inspiring Displays

Official launch of the Willunga Main Street Project 11.00am

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