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Sculpture by the Sea 2016 Bondi

October 20, 2016toNovember 6, 2016



* SYDNEY  (Bondi) Sculpture

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, returning to the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk.

  • 20 October – 6 November 2016

The 20th year will see the stunning coastline walk (newly repaired following storm damage) transformed into a 2km long temporary sculpture park. More than 100 works by Australian and international artists will be showcased this year, including artists from Asia, Europe, New Zealand, South America, UK and the USA.

One of Sydney’s best attended and most photogenic exhibitions, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi attracts more than 500,000 visitors over 18 days and for many heralds the beginning of Summer in Sydney.

This year, new Prinicpal Sponsor, Aqualand, will present the $60,000 Aqualand Sculpture Award to an exhibiting artist at the media launch on the opening day of the exhibition. We are delighted to announce that this sculpture will be placed for permanent public enjoyment in Sydney.

Aqualand will also host a series of Artist Talks every weekend between 11am – 3pm, featuring both local and international exhibiting artists. The three year sponsorship is the most significant in the exhibition’s history and will help to support the staging of the acclaimed Bondi exhibition each year.

As part of this year’s 20th anniversary celebrations, Perpetual, the managers of the Helen Lempriere Bequest, have made possible a fourth $30,000 Helen Lempriere Scholarship for Australian artists to assist with the advancement of their careers through travel, study and research. This year’s recipients are:

  • Jennifer Turpin (NSW) – Senior Artist
  • Geoffrey Bartlett (VIC) – Senior Artist
  • Hanna Hoyne (ACT) – Mid Career Artist
  • Norton Flavell (WA) – Emerging Artist

Coinciding with this year’s Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, is the inaugural Sydney Sculpture Conference, presented in partnership with the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England. Taking place at Sydney Opera House on Thursday 27 October, leading international and Australian speakers in this field will discuss the importance, impact, challenges and opportunities of sculpture in public space.

Joining the 20th year celebrations,  20 Australian artists, who have previously exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, have been invited to exhibit this year. These artists from across Australia represent the strength of the development of sculpture in Australia. Sculpture by the Sea will also honour artist Inge King AM, who passed away in April at 100 years of age, by exhibiting two works from different stages of her career.


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