Art and the Environment: Creative Responses to Place at Sculpture by the Sea

Held annually since 1997, Sculpture by the Sea has transformed a slice of Sydney’s coastline with an exhibition of contemporary sculpture that stretches two kilometres along the coastal walk from Bondi beach to Tamarama over 18 days each spring. This free to the public outdoor exhibition features more than 100 works from Australian and international artists, with its popularity leading to the creation of its sister event in Cottesloe, Perth. The Sydney exhibition attracts over 500,000 visitors who clearly enjoy experiencing art in nature and seeing nature enhanced by creative installations.

With a unique exhibition site so connected with its environment, Sculpture by the Sea receives submissions for artworks that respond to the raw, rugged and challenging Bondi coastal landscape. Artists truly embrace the elements to create works that range from the ephemeral to monumental.

This session provides an opportunity to explore the importance, impact and opportunities of exhibiting art outdoors. You will hear from contributing artists including Cave Urban, Sally Kidall and Jane Gillings about the ideas, concepts, techniques and creative processes behind some of the site-specific works shown in recent years at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi. 

Image credit: Cave Urban, The Golden Hour, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016. Photo: Clyde Yee


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