Are we having fun yet?


How our lives have changed because of the mobile phone.

We see people in a restaurant facing each other, but on their phones looking at social media. Or a train full of people, all with their heads down looking at the little black box in their hands.

On a recent trip to the country, Alan saw a group of young men sitting around a fire at camping ground. The drinks were there. The food was there. The tents were there. But so were the phones. Every one of them was on their phone as they sat around the campfire.

This made him think…..are they having fun being together? How would they react if one of them disturbed the silence by singing, or playing a guitar, or heaven forbid…talking to his mates.

And so, when he came home, he made this sculpture called….Are we having fun yet?

People's Choice Awards - Raelena Quaine from Mosman wins a bronze lion

Now that the gallery is closed, we have looked at all the entries into our People's Choice Awards competition.

There was a tie for the most popular sculpture: Jody Pawley's Flight and Alan Kuczynski's The Great Escape.

The most popular painting was Steve Jannar's Old Crane Cabin.

Thank you to all the artists who were involved in both the Hunters Hill and Mosman galleries. The feedback that we received was that the variety and artistic skills on display were amazing.

The entry that was randomly selected from the hundreds that we received was from Raelena Quaine from Mosman. She won Jody Pawley's Lion, worth $3,000. Raelena was very happy when we dropped it off to her home.

Thank you to everyone who came to visit the galleries. We hope that you enjoyed the time you spent looking at our artwork and chatting to us.

Though there is no physical gallery at the moment, we have over 60 stunning paintings and sculptures available for sale. Some were exhibited in Mosman, and others are new.

If you are interested in any of them, please send us an email and we will arrange for you to inspect and purchase them. Have a look at our website to see what is available.

You can contact us at:

Hope to hear from you soon.

We have closed our Mosman Gallery

We have now closed our Mosman gallery, as our two month lease has expired.

Thank you to everyone who came to the galleries in Mosman and Hunters Hill this year.

We will pop up again somewhere in Sydney in 2019.

In the meantime, all of the artwork on our website is available for sale, so please contact us for details.

New artwork is being added regularly to our website. All of our artists from Hunters Hill and Mosman Pop Up galleries have their work available.

If you want to commission one of the artists to make something specific to your needs, we can arrange that for you.

Have a look at the website to see the beautiful sculptures and paintings ready for you to take home.

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Fun Father’s Day workshop at Sydney Sydney Pop up Gallery

Gerard was treated to our introductory workshop by his wife Gina and daughter Rosie. They all did exceptionally well.

Not only was the lesson a great gift idea, but they all have their sculptures to take home.

Jody Pawley, co-owner of the gallery, and the owner and head teacher of Sydney Sculpture School ran the workshop.

Jody will be holding more workshops on:

  • Friday 14 September 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
  • Friday 21 September 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
  • Tuesday 25 September 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
  • Friday 5 October 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm
  • Sunday 14 October 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Places are limited to only 3 people per session.

Find out more about how you can join one of our workshops.

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We have moved to Mosman

Our lease in Hunters Hill ran out, and on Sunday 19th August, we moved to Mosman.

It's a beautiful space, and we have added more artwork.

It's at 710 Military Rd, Mosman. Just next door to Dan Murphy's. There's street parking, and 3 hour free parking under the building itself.

We're open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am - 5pm. Closed on Monday.

Pop over and say hello.


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How do you make bronze sculptures?

Have you ever looked at a bronze sculpture and wondered how they make it, and why bronze sculptures are more expensive than those made from plaster or clay?

The lost wax process has been used for thousands of years, and little has changed from what artisans did then to today.

The sculptor usually makes the sculpture in clay or other soft medium. A silicon rubber mould is then made over the original artwork. A hard plaster mould surrounds the soft silicon. The original clay is then removed and wax is poured into the silicon mould. This is usually around 3mm thick.

The wax version is then removed from the mould. The silicone mould is then put aside and the wax copy is used for the next stage of the process. This is the “wax chasing” stage. The wax will have marks on it from where the mould came together, so this needs to be removed, together with any other imperfections. A hot metal tool is used.

The wax copy is then “sprued” or “gated” which means adding pieces of wax onto it that look like branches or straws with cups at the top of them. This is to enable the hot bronze to be eventually be poured into the mould and hot gases and air to escape.

The sprued wax copy is then dipped into a slurry of colloidal silica and zircon, then into a refractory sand-like stucco which gives it a hard cement like look.
This waste mould is built up in layers, over a few days.

The wax is then melted out of this waste mould and the mould is fired to 1,000 degrees. Bronze is then poured into the shell waste mould. The bronze liquid is at about 1,200 degrees!

When that has cooled, the shell is smashed away to reveal the bronze sculpture with the sprued sections still attached. It’s pretty rough with lots of jagged edges, so it needs to be cleaned up. This “metal chasing” stage uses grinding and welding tools.

Now we have a bronze version of the original sculpture which needs to be coloured. Regular paint is not used. We now enter the “patina” stage, which involves applying oxidizing solutions, blow torch, and lots of elbow grease.

And finally, we have a stunning sculpture that you see on display.

To see the patina stage, have a look at this video:

The entire lost wax process described above can be seen in this video:

To see the finished product, come and visit us at Sydney Pop Up Gallery.

We have works by 8 sculptors and 4 painters. There's a great variety of styles, so there's something to suit everyone's tastes.

We're open every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

You'll find us at Garibaldi Village Square, 37 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill.

Jazz gets a new home

A lovely 92 year old lady came into the gallery with her friends, and immediately fell in love with Alan Kuczynski's naughty puppy called "It wasn't me!"

She said that she'd always had dogs in her life, but since moving into the retirement village, that was no longer possible.


The next day she came back with a huge grin on her face, and said that she'd like to buy the puppy and take him home.

We are delighted that the puppy has found a new loving home, and will bring happiness to a sweet old lady.

Please come and see the wonderful sculptures and paintings on display at Sydney Pop Up Gallery.

We have works by 6 sculptors and 4 painters. There's a great variety of styles, so there's something to suit everyone's tastes.

We're open every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

You'll find us at Garibaldi Village Square, 37 Alexandra Street, Hunters Hill.



New sculptors in the making


There were 5 very excited people who completed the sculpture lesson on Saturday. None of them had done any sculpting before.

After 3 hours of teaching by Jody Pawley, one of the directors of Sydney Pop Up Gallery and the owner of Sydney Sculpture School, they walked out with absolutely fabulous versions of a female torso they were working on.

It was a cause for celebration, and a bottle of wine miraculously appeared to toast their achievement.

We will be running more classes in August. 

  • Thursday 2 August 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Friday 3 August 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Saturday 4 August 10.00am - 1.00pm

Online booking is available on this website.