Elyssa Sykes-Smith

Since graduating from NAS with a BFA (Hons) in Sculpture in 2013, Elyssa Sykes-Smith has amassed an impressive list of achievements and built a name for herself in the competitive world of public art and site-specific sculpture, regularly exhibiting with sculpture by the sea and gaining commissions from companies like Saatchi and Saatchi.

“It was through the National Art School that I learned of Sculpture by the Sea and forged a connection with Saatchi & Saatchi Australia – both of which have been significant steps in my career to date,” Elyssa said.

“While I was studying my lecturers encouraged us to enter external exhibitions and competitions to build up our experiences and start getting familiar with the art world. The support I received in building a bridge from the art school into the “real world” was fundamental in preparing me for the adjustment from evolving from a student into an artist.”