Sydney Sculpture Conference 2017

  • Alessandra Rossi, Untitled(Coral), Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016. Photo Gareth Carr

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Following the successful inaugural Sydney Sculpture Conference in 2016 which formed part of the 20th Anniversary Sculpture by the Sea celebrations, the 2017 conference will feature leading international and Australian speakers who will discuss the importance, impact, challenges and opportunities of ‘Sculpture: in public space’.

We are pleased to announce that German based, European-wide ‘sculpture network’ is our 2017 international partner. As Europe’s leading platform for the promotion, development and facilitation of contemporary sculpture, ‘sculpture network’ are working with Sculpture by the Sea to program the conference and build its international profile. We look forward to welcoming our European speakers and delegates to Sydney later this year.

Programmed to bring together artists, curators, collectors, academics, arts professionals & enthusiasts, the annual Sydney Sculpture Conference aims to develop collaborative partnerships that foster creative ideas exchange between local, national and international sculpture and art communities; while raising the profile, interest and awareness of sculpture across Australia.


Conference Tickets 

Early Bird General Admission (available until 13 August)  $125

Early Bird Sculpture by the Sea Artist (available until 13 August)* $90
*Applicable to current and previously exhibited Sculpture by the Sea artists to include Bondi, Cottesloe and AarhusA discount code will be sent to all artists to access this rate.

Concession card holders (concession cards required at registration) $115

General Admission (on sale from 14 August)  $170

Sculpture by the Sea Artist (on sale from 14 August) $115

International Partner Discount*  $125
*Applicable to international sculpture network members.  A discount code will be sent to all members to access this rate.

Ticket price includes:

  • Morning & Afternoon Tea
  • Lunch
  • Post-conference networking drink
  • Delegate tote bag

Join the conversation and register for the 2017 Sydney Sculpture Conference


Contributing Speakers

Join a diverse group of over 200 attendees in Sydney to hear from featuring keynote and invited speakers, to include:

  • Ralf Kirberg – Chair, Sculpture Network (Germany)
  • Peter Boardman – Head Engineer, Structure Design for Gibbs Farm (New Zealand)
  • Professor Maaretta Jaukkuri – Curator, Artscape Nordland (Norway/Finland)
  • Prof. Lv Pinchang – Head of Sculpture, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (China)
  • André Kirberg – Digital Strategist, Sculpture Network (Germany)
  • Claire Healy – Artist (NSW)
  • Louise Paramor – Artist (Victoria)
  • Virginia King – Artist (New Zealand)
  • Jess Scully – Public Art Curator and City of Sydney Councillor, (Sydney)
  • James Dive – Installation Artist (Sydney)
  • Dr Michael Hill – Head of Art History & Theory, National Art School (Sydney)


The conference will be convened by Stephen Bradley, Manager Transfield Art Collection.

The full conference program will be launched on 9 August.  




We are offering conference delegates optional Guided Walking Tours on 3rd November to provide further opportunities to explore themes and continue discussions that arise at the conference. The morning walking tour will take in of some of Sydney’s significant public artworks, while the afternoon walking tour will discover the Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017 exhibition. Places are limited on the tours and tickets cost $35 per tour, details of how to book your place will be sent to delegates once they have purchased their conference ticket.

The Guided Walking Tours will be devised and led by Stephen Bradley, Manager Transfield Art Collection. The full tour itinerary to be launched on 9 August.


Please direct your queries to: Louise Gilligan, Conference Manager  [email protected]

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