Sculpture by the Sea will again transform the white sands of Cottesloe Beach from March 6 to 23 this year, presenting over 70 sculptures from local and internationally celebrated artists.
Celebrating its 16th year, the exhibition is one of Perth’s largest free public events, attracting an estimated 210,000 visitors to come and explore the art, creating Perth’s own version of an Italian passeggiata.
This year, artists from over 17 countries have contributed to the outdoor exhibition, including one of the world’s most prominent kinetic artists, award-winning Japanese artist Haruyuki Uchida. As this year’s Tourism WA Invited International Artist, Uchida has created the largest gravity-defying sculpture that he has ever made outside of Japan for Sculpture by the Sea. Fashioned out of stainless steel and magnets, the 7.5m long kinetic sculpture titled Merry Gate is sure to stun visitors to the exhibition.
Other international highlights include Karl-Christian Geleff (Denmark), Dave Glass (Portugal) and Vaclav Fiala (Czech Republic), who will be exhibiting works alongside some of WA and Australia’s leading sculptors.
This year, Sculpture by the Sea and the Bendat Family Foundation are pleased to announce the inaugural recipients of the Bendat Family Foundation WA Invited Artists Program: Sculptors Olga Cironis, Tony Davis and R.M (Ron) Gomboc, with Davis also set to join the Decade Club after exhibiting at Cottesloe for a tenth year.
The Alcoa School Education Program will also be returning for its 16th year to Sculpture by the Sea, as a highlight for school-aged children and their teachers. Since its introduction in 2005, a total of 28,368 school students have participated in the program, heralding its great success. This year, approximately 2,000 primary and secondary students will participate in artist-led practical sculpture workshops, focus tours and artist talks during the exhibition.
During the exhibition, Cottesloe Beach will also host three Beach Access Days from Tuesday 17 March – Thursday 19 March. Extended for an extra day in 2020, Beach Access Days will see special matting installed for three days during the exhibition, which will enable visitors with limited mobility and those using manual wheelchairs to access sculptures located in specific areas on the beach.