Sculpture by the Sea

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The crowds and sculptures of Sculpture by the Sea 2006

The Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Sydney and Perth is Australia's largest annual outdoor sculpture exhibition. This exhibition was initiated in 1997, at Bondi Beach and it featured sculptures by both Australian and overseas artists. In 2005, a companion event was established at Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia featuring over 70 artists.[1] In 2009 it was announced that Aarhus in Denmark would host the first Sculpture by the Sea exhibition outside of Australia.[2]

This exhibition is held annually during spring in Australia, from late October to early November for three weeks. Over 100 local, interstate and international artists participate every year.[3] Sculpture by the Sea is incredibly popular and draws considerable crowds. In 2014 Waverley Council estimated that between 450,000 to 500,000 people would visit the sculptures during their exhibition in Sydney.[4]

History[edit]

In 1995, David Handley, founder of Sculpture by the Sea, was living in Prague. He visited an outdoor sculpture park in Klatovy, Northern Bohemia. He was inspired to do something similar in Australia. On his return to Sydney in 1996, His friends suggested the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk as a suitable location. At first, he planned on having paintings as well as sculptures, naming this exhibition "Art by the Sea" but dropped the idea as the weather can be unpredictable on the coast. This is how Sculpture by the Sea came into being.[5]

The first exhibition was put together in a span of 10 weeks and on a shoestring budget. It was held over one day at Bondi and garnered a lot of interest from the media and 20,000 spectators.[6] They received a total of 189 entries from 138 artists and featured 64 of them.[7] The judges included David Cook (Christie's), John MacDonald (Sydney Morning Herald), Terence Measham (Powerhouse Museum), Dr Gene Sherman (Sherman Galleries) and Sculptor Ron Robertson-Swann[8]

The exhibition has only suffered from the weather on the coast. In 1998, rough conditions on the coastline, lead to six sculptures being damaged. Ann Thompson's sculpture worth 40,000$ was damaged due to huge waves. In 1999, Duncan Stemler's Give a little whistle was wrecked due to rough weather conditions.[9] The exhibition also suffered from some vandalism, Carol Murphy's $2000 still life The Watcher was stolen only for one part of it to be returned. in 1999, part of Tom Bass's Gender Pieces was pushed into the sea by vandals.[10]

The works are spread right across the cliff from Bronte Beach to Bondi Beach via Tamarama Beach. Every year the coastal walk is transformed into a seaside art gallery. Over 100 sculptures are exhibited in the background of sea and the coastal landscape along the two kilometre coastal walk. Sculpture by the Sea began in 1996 with an exhibition held over one day at Bondi and is now an annual event.

Awards[edit]

For the first eight years, the main prize was provided by Sydney Water and most of the award winning works were gifted to Campbelltown Arts Centre. In 2006 and 2007, NAB sponsored the main prize and the works made their way to Orange Regional Gallery. From 2009 – 2012, the Balnaves Foundation sponsored the main prize to the winning sculptor in the exhibition, and the works gifted to the Royal Botanic Gardens. From 2013 – 2015, it was Macquarie Group and the works gifted to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust for placement at George’s Heights.[11] There are many other scholarship and prizes that come out of this exhibition including the Helen Lempriere Scholarship, The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Sculptor Mentorship Program and Allens People's Choice Award.[12] There is also an encouragement award for younger artists.

PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS OF THE MAJOR PRIZE AT SCULPTURE BY THE SEA
Year Winner Name of Winning Sculpture Prize
2015 Jörg Plickat (Germany) Divided Planet Macquarie Group
2014 'Peter Lundberg' (USA) Ring Macquarie Group
2013 Stephen King Fallout Macquarie Group
2012 Peter Lundberg (USA) Barrell Roll Balnaves Foundation
2011 Paul Selwood Paradiegma metaphysic Balnaves Foundation
2010 Keld Moseholm (Denmark) Mirroring 1995 Balnaves Foundation
2009 May Barrie Time and tide granite monolith ll Balnaves Foundation
2008 Mark McClelland She thought ?
2007 David Horton Yesternight: a year in progress NAB
2006 Orest Keywan ...and with a name to come NAB
2005 Vaclav Fiala (Czech Republic) Chapel
2004 Vaclav Fiala (Czech Republic) Belfry for Jorn Uton Sydney Water
2003 Richard Goodwin Carapace Sydney Water
2002 Kate Davis (England) Target Sydney Water
2001 Nigel Harrison Omeomi Sydney Water
2000 Libby Bloxham and Richie Kuhaupt (WA) Celebrating diversity and Hollowman respectively Sydney Water
1999 Orest Keywan With a View Sydney Water
1998 Campbell Robertson-Swann Night Passage Sydney Water
1997 Michael Le Grand (ACT) and Duncan Stemler Deshabille and Venus respectively Sydney Water

THE RECIPIENTS FROM BONDI, 2014

Artwork name Sculptor/s Prize
Ring Peter Lundberg The Macquarie Group Sculpture Prize of $60,000
Gamma Gamma - Storm Elaine Clocherty The Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000
Oceania Cartouche Jock Clutterbuck The Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000
Wind Stone - The Threshold of Consciousness Koichi Ishino The Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000
The Folly (2012) Stephen King Artistic Excellence Program, Donated by Leonie & James Furber of $10,000
Morning Star Ayako Saito The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program of $10,000
Other Samantha Stephenson The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program of $10,000
Comenavadrink and Waddayalookinat (2013) Thomas Quayle The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program of $10,000
Bondi Points Chris Bailey The Wallace Arts Trust New Zealand Sculptor Award of NZ$7,000
Breaching (2004) Michael Greve The Allens People's Choice Prize of $5,000
Overconsumption Kerrie Argent Waverley Council Mayor's Prize of $5,000
House of Mirrors NEON The Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation of $5,000
A spacious affair. From the outside to the inside. Mikala Valeur (Denmark) The Kids' Choice Prize of $3,000
To take care of Hannah Streefkerk (Sweden) Art Gallery Society of NSW Prize
Modern Family Ralph Tikerpae Sculpture Inside Curators' Prize of $2,500
The Ascetic Naidee Changmoh Waverley Council Parks Staff Prize
Breaching (2004) Michael Greve Sculpture by the Sea Staff Choice Prize

THE RECIPIENTS FROM BONDI, 2013

Artwork name Sculptor/s Prize
Fallout Stephen King The Macquarie Group Sculpture Prize of $60,000
Horizon Lucy Humphrey The Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000
A to B Francesca Matagara The Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000
The Museum Paul Selwood The Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000
Provincia Deserta Keywan Orest Artistic Excellence Program, Donated by Leonie & James Furber of $10,000
Let Your Palm Do the Walking Tom Blake The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program of $10,000
Moment of Clarity David Hashimoto The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program of $10,000
Washed Up Tunni Kraus The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program of $10,000
Diminish and Ascend David Mccracken The Wallace Arts Trust New Zealand Sculptor Award of NZ$7,000
X Philip Spellman The Regional NSW Sculpture Acquisition Program of $20,000
Husk Marcus Tatton Art Gallery of NSW Prize of $5000
Nomadic City: Lest We Forget Sally Kidall Sydney Water Environmental Prize of $5000
Saved (Rusty Pipe) Rox De Luca The AGNSW Society Volunteer Task Force Site Specific Award of $4000
Horizon Lucy Humphrey The Allens People's Choice Prize of $5,000
Tyranny of Distance Roh Singh Sculpture Inside Curators' Prize of $2,500
Horizon Lucy Humphrey Kids' Choice Prize of $3,000
French Knitting Mia Hamilton Waverley Council Mayor's Choice
A Message From Fantasia MAkiho Tata Sculpture Inside Curators Prize of $2,500

THE RECIPIENTS FROM BONDI, 2012

Artwork name Sculptor/s Prize
Barrel Roll Peter Lundberg The Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Prize of $70,000
Tete-a-Tete Philip Spelman The Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000
Luchtkasteel Tom de Munk-Kerkmeer The Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000
Red Herring Lou Lambert The Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000
April, Cherry Blossoms Koichi Ishino Artistic Excellence Program, Donated by Leonie & James Furber of $10,000
Suburban Monument (Ruin) Aaron Anderson The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program of $10,000
The Drogue Kate Stehr The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program of $10,000
Weight Pulls Me Down, Strength Pulls Me Up Elyssa Sykes-Smith The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program of $10,000
Together Elaine Clocherty The Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation ($5,000 and Invitation to Sculpture By The Sea Cottesloe 13)
GhostNet Crocodile 2011 GhostNets Australia Sydney Water Environmental Prize of $10,000
Invasive Colonisation Alex Goad Art Gallery of NSW Prize of $5000
Surprise Karin Van der Molen The AGNSW Society Volunteer Task Force Site Specific Award of $4000
Menengang (Memory) Cave Urban The Allens People's Choice Prize
Spatial Memorial Roh Singh Sculpture Inside Curators' Prize of $2,500
GhostNet Crocodile 2011 GhostNets Australia Kids' Choice Prize of $3,000
Menengang (Memory) Cave Urban Waverley Council Mayor's Choice
April, Cherry Blossoms Koichi Ishino Artistic excellence program donated by James and Leonie Furber $10,000
Cluster Ian Bonde Dick Bett Memorial invitation of $5000

THE RECIPEIENTS FROM BONDI 2011

Artwork name Sculptor/s Prize
Paradiegma Metaphysic Paul Selwood The Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Prize of $65,000 + Acquisitive
Comfort Zone Alessandra Rossi The Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000
Hokusai's Child James Rogers The Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000
The Ruin Marcus Tatton The Helen Lempriere Scholarship of $30,000
Trinity Ben Fasham The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program of $10,000
The Library James McCallum The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program of $10,000
Spin 2010 Tania Spencer The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Artists Mentor Program of $10,000
The Yearning Margarita Sampson The Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation ($5,000 and Invitation to Sculpture By The Sea Bondi 2011)
Who Left the Tap Running? Simon McGrath Sydney Water Environmental Prize of $10,000
Descending the Mountain Linda Bowden Art Gallery of NSW Prize
The Nail Clary Akon & Juan Pablo Pinto The AGNSW Society Volunteer Task Force Site Specific Award of $4000
Tortoise Mark Swartz, Ruben Salomon & Charmaine Tung The Damon Courtenay Memorial Young Sculptor's Prize
I Have Been Dreaming to Be a Tree... II Byeong Doo Moon The Allens People's Choice Prize
Horse & Rider Stephen King Sculpture Inside Curators' Prize
Look This Way Ken Unsworth NAB Kids' Choice Prize of $3,000
James Rogers NAB Kids' Choice Prize of $3,000 Waverley Council Mayor's Choice

THE RECIPIENTS FROM BONDI, 2006

Name Sculptor Prize
...And With a Name to Come Orest Keywan The Sculpture by the Sea Prize
Humbaba's Barrel Marcus Tatton Sydney Water Environmental Sculpture Prize
Archi Tekton Daniela Turrin Kodak Sculpture Prize
Cut to Fit Emma Wise Icebergs Dining Room and Bar Signature Prize
Obligato James Rogers The Sydney Morning Herald Represented Artist Prize
Icarus Guy Warren Art Gallery Society of NSW Prize
more/less Ellie Nuss & James McDermid Damon Courtenay Memorial Young Sculptor Prize
Open Linda Bowden The Australian Unrepresented Sculptor Award
Cypher Konstantin Dimopoulos Art Gallery Society of NSW Taskforce Site Specific Prize
Hot With a Chance of a Late Storm The Glue Society Allens Arthur Robinson People's Choice Prize
NAB Kids' Choice Prize.

Participants in the 2014 Sculpture by the Sea[edit]

Participants in the 2014 event included Alejandro Propato, Francesca Mataraga, Johannes Pannekoek and Marina DeBris.[13]

Participants 2015[edit]

This year the exhibition received 500 submissions, from 41 countries and 6 territories around the world, including Australia. Some of the participants include Louis Pratt, Vince Vozzo, Bronwyn Berman, Harrie Fasher, Barbara Licha, Mark McClelland, Sallie Portnoy, Paul Selwood and Margarita Sampson.[14]

Gallery[edit]

Sculpture by the Sea 2006:

Cottesloe[edit]

In 2005, the first Sculpture by the Sea event was held at Cottesloe beach, Western Australia, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The exhibition showcased sculptures by Western Australia's leading and emerging sculptors, alongside works by invited interstate and international sculptors. This free annual public exhibition attracts approximately 100,000 visitors of all ages.

Awards[edit]

The recipients from Cottesloe, 2014.

Artwork name Sculptor/s Prize
Like a Flower Swaying in the Wind Hiroyuki Kita Roy Hill Sculpture Prize of $50,000
Overnight Elaine Clocherty NAB Western Australia Sculpture Scholarship of $10,000 (shared prize)
Overconsumption Kerrie Argent NAB Western Australia Sculpture Scholarship of $10,000 (shared prize)
Wave 1 Annette Thas The EY People's Choice Prize of $2,500
Wave 1 Annette Thas Kid's Choice Prize (shared prize)
Permanent Sunset Alejandro Propato Kid's Choice Prize (shared prize)
Sea Breeze Kochi Ishino Sculpture Inside Curator's Award of $2,500

The recipients from Cottesloe, 2013.

Artwork name Sculptor/s Prize
Tokyo Crows Mikaela Casteldine NAB Western Australian Sculpture Scholarship ($10,000)
Menengang Cave Urban Sculpture by the Sea People's Choice Prize of $2,500
Happy Floating Dream Cloud Kathy Allam Experience Extraordinary Kid's Choice Prize of $1000
Threshold 2 Kevin Draper Sculpture Inside Curator's Award of $2,500

The recipients from Cottesloe, 2012.

Artwork name Sculptor/s Prize
Dump Paul Caporn NAB Western Australian Sculpture Scholarship ($15,000)
Belonging Elaine Clocherty Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation ($5000 and invitation to exhibit in Sculpture By the Sea Bondi)
Meeting 1 Wang Shugang Sculpture by the Sea People's Choice Prize of $2,500
Punctured Sky Elin & Keino NAB Kid's Choice Prize of $1000
Salut Michael Le Grand Sculpture Inside Curator's Award of $1,500

The recipients from Cottesloe, 2011.

Artwork name Sculptor/s Prize
Lifeboat Marwa Fahmy, Stephen Genovese, Elizabeth Marpole, & Kate Parker NAB Western Australian Sculpture Scholarship ($15,000)
Goshu Peter Zappa Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation ($5000 and invitation to exhibit in Sculpture By the Sea Bondi)
Red Memory Smile Chen Wenling Sculpture by the Sea People's Choice Prize of $5000
Red Memory Smile Chen Wenling NAB Kid's Choice Prize of $1000
First Canto Early Fall Orest Keywan Sculpture Inside Curator's Award of $1000

Outside Australia[edit]

In June 2009 crown princess Mary and crown prince Frederik of Denmark initiated a biannual Sculpture by the Sea event in the city of Aarhus (Denmark), inspired by the exhibitions in Australia, Mary's country of birth. It is the only SBTS event outside Australia. 'Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus - Denmark' is financially and legally independent of 'Sculpture by the Sea Incorporated' and is being produced by the city of Aarhus in collaboration with ARoS Aarhus Artmuseum. The first two exhibitions attracted approximately half a million visitors. [15]

See also[edit]

Art of Australia

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Gilmore, Heather (28 October 2000). "Scavengers by the Sea". Daily Telegraph – via Waverley Library Local Studies Collection. 
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  15. ^ 3rd Biennial Aarhus Exhibition Sculpture by the Sea (2013)

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