Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi celebrates 22nd anniversary

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition celebrates its 22nd anniversary this year, returning to Sydney’s spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 18 October to 4 November 2018.

The iconic exhibition will see the coastline transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

Marcel Cousins, Pot Plant, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017

Highlights include: Transfield Australian Invited Artists with two leading female sculptors from both sides of the country, Wendy Teakel and Alessandra Rossi, presenting their latest works; sculptures from the three 2018 Helen Lempriere Scholarship recipients, senior sculptor Hossein Valamanesh (SA), mid-career artist Kevin Draper (WA) and emerging artist Britt Mikkelsen (WA); and emerging artists Georgina Humphries (VIC), Rhiannon West (NSW) and Nicole Monks (NSW) will exhibit sculptures as part of the Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program. Monks will be recreating the Aboriginal rock engravings of a whale shark situated on the Bondi headland using all native materials, which will then be illuminated by fire in a traditional ceremony at 7pm, Friday 19 October.

Paul Selwood, Phyli, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017

Additional features include the prestigious Aqualand Sculpture Award, increased to $70,000 to be awarded to an exhibiting artist with the sculpture gifted for the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust for permanent public enjoyment in Georges Heads at Headland Park. ”Sculpture: a universal language’, an annual Sydney Sculpture Conference at the Sydney Opera House on Monday 5 November 2018. International and Australian scholars and artists along with an esteemed panel of academics and artists from CAFA, China’s leading tertiary art school, will come together to discuss the importance, impact, challenges and opportunities of sculpture. With a focus on education at the tertiary and secondary level, the conference will also feature a cultural exchange of the latest ideas and thinking in sculpture. Sculpture Inside is an indoor exhibition of small contemporary sculpture by the emerging, mid-career and established Australian and International artists exhibiting at Sculpture by the Sea. A destination for art collectors and those who simply love sculpture!

James Dive, What a Tasty Looking Burger, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017

Aqualand Artist Talk offers visitors the opportunity to meet and enjoy insightful talks from artists. From the comfort of an Aqualand bean bag, these talks take place each Saturday and Sunday during the exhibition.

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi offers a free online Education Program and a heavily subsidised education program on the coastal walk including sculpture making workshops and focus tours.