Now in its 23rd year, Sculpture by the Sea returns to Bondi this October.
It’s the world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition. Drawing crowds from across Sydney and beyond, Sculptures by the Sea returns to the picturesque shores of the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 24th October to 10th November. It’s almost become a ritual for Sydneysiders and visitors to do the coastal walk each year.
This year, over 100 Australian and international artists are set to showcase their work across the 2km strip. It’s a stellar cultural event in Sydney’s social calendar, attracting approximately 450,000 visitors over 18 days.
This year, NSW based sculptor Dave Horton and multidisciplinary arts studio Cave Urban return to the exhibition as part of the ‘Transfield Australian Invited Artist Program’ initiative, which will fund two major new works each year. Plus, to celebrate the traditional Jewish Festival of Succot, SXS presents ‘Succah by the Sea’ an exclusive installation to Sculptures by the Sea 2019. Artistic director William Feuerman of Office Feurerman has curated six leading Sydney architects to reimagine the rich Jewish ritual of Succot (a traditional agricultural festival considered as a thanksgiving for the fruit harvest).
Since first launching back in 1997, the essence of Sculpture by the Sea has not changed dramatically, propagating an enduring appreciation of sculpture as an art form and the careers of artists. Not only this, Sculpture by the Sea endeavours to provide significant educational and cultural benefits to Sydney. Visitors also have the opportunity to meet the artists themselves at the Aqualand Artist Talks series. These talks will take place every Saturday and Sunday during the exhibition from 10 am – 3 pm in Marks Park or Tamarama.
Alongside this, visitors can also expect the return of the Sydney Sculpture Conference. On Tuesday, 29th October at the Art Gallery of NSW a panel of international speakers will take the stage for a discussion of the significance of site when creating, curating and commissioning sculpture. To purchase tickets to the Sydney Sculpture Conference, click here.
With over thousands expected to flock to this year’s event, be sure to plan ahead and don’t leave it until the last few days.
Sculpture By the Sea 2019
The 2017 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition will run from 24th October to 10th November