Thinking of heading to NSW later this year? Then you need to plan it so you’re in the city between 22 October and 8 November when Sculpture by the Sea is featured. This annual, free (yes free) outdoor sculpture exhibition at Bondi is returning for its 19th year.
As one of the city’s most imaginative and adored events, the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk radius is magically transformed into a 2km sculpture park. With over 100 temporary sculptures by Aussie and global artists, it’s a must see.
Community arts in Sydney are a big deal. There are great events such as Opera in the Park, Symphony Under the Stars and a multitude of charity festivals throughout the year. The organizers of the Sculpture exhibition decided there was a need for a new type of visual art. Inspired by Prague’s architecture, the founders took a walk down Bondi to Tamarama and simply saw that the space could be used to promote this alternative style of inspiration. Rallying a team together, the idea came to life and nearly two decades later, it’s a stunning fixture in the city’s thriving creative arena.
Miraculously, creating the first event only had a $11,000 budget. Even though this amount was insanely tight, over the years, ore industry influencers have seen the value of this exhibition and injected cash and elbow grease into making it thrive larger every 12 months. As David Handley, Founding Director, confirms, it’s been an ‘exciting, frightening and busy time.’
So if you’re a local, you must check this exhibition. If you’re a business traveler and want to show your clients something unique, then head on down and take a look. For all leisure travelers, you know that seeing something so rare is a must view.
The beauty of the event is that if you fall in love with a sculpture, it’s most likely for sale. The website provides more information about who to contact, alongside the images from prior exhibitions. Maybe something you love on the website is still up for grabs? The prices aren’t listed but take into account that some of the artists are serious up and comers, so the rates may be reasonable.
Bondi Beach isn’t far from Cremorne Point so you can bounce between the exhibition and our hotel quite easily if you’re planning a few visits to Sculpture by the Sea. In fitting with great art and inspiration, take a look at our home page short video. No wonder Tripadvisor’s given us a fifth consecutive Certificate of Excellence award, voted by the public, right? Just another place to be inspired while you’re visiting us.