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



2019 Heysen Sculpture Biennial

You are invited to attend the opening of the 2019 HSB Sculpture Biennial, titled ‘Dwelling’. Curated by Stephanie Radok, her brief to the artists was to reflect on what Dwelling means to them. The sculptures are placed site-specifically at The Cedars on land conserved by
Hans Heysen who painted there for 56 years. Looking at sculpture in a landscape is very different from seeing it in a gallery. The 22 contemporary sculptures each create a reflective place to dwell on our precious earth. As a viewer you are asked to walk slowly and thoughtfully and look around, take your time, stand still, dwell in and notice this place, and how the art makes it sing.
When: Sunday February 24, 2019
Gates open 5pm, speech at 6 pm, gates close at 8pm.
Opening Speaker: Dr Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs, Art Gallery of South Australia
Where: The Cedars
68 Heysen Road, Hahndorf

Karl CHILCOTT (Sweden), Quentin GORE, Ian HAMILTON & John HAYWARD, Greg JOHNS, Barry LINCOLN, Rebecca LLOYD, Stephen LLOYD, Philip McGILLIVRAY-TORY, Karl MEYER, Tis MILNER-NICHOLS, Astra PARKER, Ron ROWE, MaryAnn SANTIN, Deborah SLEEMAN, Jojo SPOOK, Evette SUNSET, Peter SYNDICAS, Tim THOMSON & David JONES, Westley TULLY, Nicholas UHLMANN, Clancy WARNER & Elizabeth CLOSE, Lorry WEDDING-MARCHIORO, Geraldo ZAMPRONI (Brazil)

Time & Date
12.00am 26 Feb 2019 - 12.00am 30 Apr 2019
Opening Sunday 24 February 2019 5 -8pm

The Cedars
68 Heysen Road, Hahndorf
Hahndorf 5245
South Australia Australia



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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