Sculptures by the Sea Will Not Go Ahead at Bondi in 2020

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We thought this would be the light at the end of the tunnel, but sadly another event has fallen victim to the covid-19 pandemic. Sydney's annual ‘Sculptures by the Sea’ will not go ahead in October as originally planned.

Sculpture by the Sea Founding Director, David Handley AM said, “Due to current Public Health Orders limiting mass outdoor gatherings, our 2020 event will not be going ahead as planned on 22 October to 8 November. 

"Sculpture by the Sea, and Waverley Council are, however, reviewing potential new dates for the 2020 exhibition including staging the event later this year or early next year. We are continuing to work with the Council and NSW Government agencies, including NSW Health on reviewing all options for an exhibition that will ensure safe attendance.”

“Over 100 Australian and international artists have collectively spent around $1.5-$1.8M to create and freight their sculptures from around the world, so it was important to wait and see if there was any chance we could proceed with this year’s exhibition as planned. Now, like everyone, we are waiting to see what might be possible, being mindful that everyone’s health comes first.”

Art Imitating Life

Sculpture by the Sea is a series of exhibitions presented along the 2km Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk in Sydney and at Cottesloe Beach in Perth each year. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi began in 1997 as a one-day exhibition run by volunteers featuring works by 64 artists and attended by 25,000 visitors. Since then, the event has grown to become the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world featuring numerous esteemed international artists and is enjoyed by approximately 450,000 visitors over three weeks.

The free outdoor sculpture exhibition is a firm family favourite on the Spring calendar, so we will wait patiently for good news over the horizon.... 

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