Sculpture By The Sea 2012 – Bondi

October 1st, 2012


SYDNEY – Bondi Sculpture Walk

Sculpture By The Sea 2012 is the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition

  • 18 October to 4 November, 2012
  • Bondi – Free – just come along and walk the coast at your leisure

Sculpture By The Sea is the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition and will feature over 100 new works from Australian and international artists, with nearly half of this year’s artists exhibiting at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi for the first time in 2012.

Sculpture By The Sea details
Sculpture By The Sea transforms Sydney’s Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk each spring.  Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi began in 1997, as a one-day exhibition featuring works by 64 artists and attended by 25,000 visitors. Since then, the event has grown to include works from various esteemed international artists and is now enjoyed by over 500,000 visitors.

An estimated half a million visitors are expected to visit the iconic coastline to enjoy a variety of works from 49 New South Wales sculptors, 28 interstate artists and 36 international artists from China, Denmark, England, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Spain and the US.

Artists who will experience their inaugural exhibition at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi include talented emerging Australian artist duo Rachel Couper and Ivana Kuzmanovska and NSW based Hidemi Tokutake. An exciting array of established international artists will also make their debut including United States artist Rico Eastman, Karin van der Molen from The Netherlands, China’s Zhang Yangen and Soren Lyngbye from Denmark.

Sculpture By The Sea 2012 exhibition will also feature works from the three recipients of the prestigious 2012 Helen Lempriere Scholarships; Lou Lambert (WA), Philip Spelman (ACT) and Tom de Munk-Kerkmeer (WA). The scholarships of $30 000 are awarded as part of the Helen Lempriere Bequest, a charitable trust managed by Perpetual with the purpose of assisting sculptors to further their artistic development.   The recipients of this year’s Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Sculptor Mentorships are Aaron Anderson, Elyssa Sykes-Smith and Kate Stehr. The three emerging artists were awarded $10,000, to help establish meaningful mentorships with established sculptors by facilitating a skills exchange and providing a forum for professional and technical development.

Art lovers will enjoy works from two of the most renowned artists in the world, Sui Jianguo from China and Sir Anthony Caro OM, as well as leading Australian sculptors Ken Unsworth AM and Ron Robertson-Swann OAM.   “It is so exciting to experience the creativity of over 100 artists and what they create for the exhibition from site specific works through to museum masterpieces,” says Founding Director David Handley.

Sculpture By The Sea 2012 exhibition launch, on Thursday 18 October, the winner of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi will be awarded with the Balnaves Foundation Sculpture prize of $70,000. The winning sculpture is decided upon by Sculpture by the Sea’s panel of judges and will be gifted to the Royal Botanical Gardens by the Balnaves Foundation.

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