Matthew Harding 1964-2018

On 22 February 2018 Matthew Harding, renowned artist, ended his life.

Matthew was an extraordinarily talented artist who trained locally at the ANU School of Art and Design and was recognised nationally and internationally. He was prolific in his practice of almost three decades and during this time was commissioned to create thirteen artworks for Canberra.

The sculptures by Matthew located in the ACT reflect his versatility as an artist and his expert ability to work with a range of materials. Artworks in bronze such as the Casuarina Pods in City Walk and in stainless steel such as Ebb and Flow in Bunda Street show an exceptional aesthetic and technical response. His masterful stone carving is on show in Longitude, an artwork commissioned for Veterans Park in the City. Most locals would know The Cushion in Garema Place and the ACT Memorial in Ainslie Avenue, also works striking in form and technical precision.  However here in Canberra, Matthews’s best known and most loved work is likely the Kambah Sheep, a playful herd of metal sheep that herald arrival in the Tuggeranong Valley from the north.

His artworks have shaped our experience of urban places in Canberra providing visual interest and delight to so many. We are grateful to him for the legacy of these artworks that are an integral part of our city’s cultural landscape.

Matthew’s funeral will be held at 11am on Thursday 8th March, 2018.
St Mary Magdalen Catholic Church, Trentham, Victoria.
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Matthew was loved by his friends and family, including his partner and four young children. A Go Fund Me page has been setup to help raise funds for Matthew's family. If you would like to donate, please visit the Go Fund Me page.

You can search the Public Art database on our website to find out more about Matthew’s art and where they are located.

Artworks by Matthew Harding located in the ACT:

ACT Memorial, Ainslie Avenue
Casuarina Pods, City Walk
Centricity, North Building, Civic Square
Ebb and Flow, Bunda Street
Longitude, Veterans Park, Civic
The Cushion, Garema Place
Moai, ACT Assembly
Garden of Remembrance, Woden Cemetery
Kambah Sheep, Kambah Village
Flights of Fancy, Curtin Shops
Tracks and Traces, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve
Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station artwork, Namadgi National Park
Bogong Moths, National Museum Australia