Sculpture by the Sea has survived for over 20 years thanks to the support that it has received from donors, sponsors and government support.

The Sculpture by the Sea Endowment Fund was established to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organisation. Contributions to the fund are held in trusts and interest income from the fund are utilised to fund operational costs year on year.

Why we started the fund

The endowment fund was established in 2009 to assist with the financial sustainability of the organisation.

With less than 20% of our funds coming from the government, we are reliant on generous individuals and corporate supporters within our community to help us raise enough funds to stage world-class exhibitions.

The endowment fund was initially established to help with the sustainability of staging the exhibitions.  Today we aim to grow the endowment fund to not only support the sustainability of the exhibitions but to also to:

  • provide artists with the opportunity to participate in world-class exhibitions through an artistic program fund
  • provide educational opportunities to participate in our world-class exhibitions through an education program fund

Jina Lee, preparing her work ‘Cluster’ for Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2018. Photo Richard Watson

The impact your contribution to the Endowment Fund

With a critical mass or corpus of funds in the endowment fund, we will be able to utilise the annual profits of the corpus to ensure the sustainability of our operations.

The fund contributes to our long-term activities as detailed below:

Supporting Artists

Since 1997 Sculpture by the Sea has put the artist front and centre of the exhibitions. Without the artist, there is no art, which would mean no exhibition for everyone to enjoy. Sculpture by the Sea supports artists in order to participate in all the exhibitions allowing them the opportunity to exhibit and express their ideas on a world stage.

Every exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea works with first time and emerging exhibiting sculptors, to assist them with all aspects of participating in the exhibitions. Support to an artist can include pre and post exhibition guidance and advice, travel assistance to attend the exhibitions, material and logistics costs associated with the transport and installation of their art, through to sales support.


Every year Sculpture by the Sea covers associated costs with site logistics including the hire of site infrastructure such as marquees, site sheds and fencing to be able to run and present the exhibition.

To continue to be able to stage world-class free experiences for all, we need to raise approximately $200,000 per year to maintain the sustainability and longevity of the exhibition. A robust endowment fund can help fund this.

Install on Tamarama Beach, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017. Photo Jessica Wyld.

Education Program

Our Education Program aims to make sculpture more accessible to a wide range of audiences.  We are the only Australian organisation offering educational programs and resources to schools specifically focused on sculpture.

The School Education Program at Sculpture by the Sea aims to provide both students and teachers with informative, stimulating out of classroom experiences in iconic locations.

Our range of Educational Programs encourages participants, young and old alike, to explore, examine and discuss a range of creative, conceptual and artistic responses to site and landscape, form and contemporary ideas. It provides unique opportunities to meet and work with exhibiting artists.

Schools Education Program Workshop, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016. Photo Jessica Wyld

With your support we can have impact now and for generations to come

Whilst sustainability is a key focus for us, in recent years, it has become a continuing challenge to generate sufficient funds to stage our events.  In fact, with government funds declining and an increasingly competitive fundraising market, we have encountered deficit budgets for the last 2 years.

To reverse this situation, we need your support. We need an Endowment Fund with a corpus of between $2-3 million to support our operating costs of $200k.

Join our community of passionate individuals, to help us be sustainable now and for many generations to come.

 See our existing supporters 

Schools Education Program, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016. Photo Jessica Wyld

For more information on how you can support/contribute to the endowment fund, please contact – Andrew Williams, General Manager Finance and Administration on 61 2 8399 0233 or [email protected]

Other ways to donate

Making a tax-deductible donation is easy and can be done in several simple ways. You can make your donation online by credit card here:

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Donate by phone: +61 2 8399 0233 (between 9-5pm AEST Monday to Friday)

Donate by mail: Print and complete the donation form below and make payment by cheque, credit card or EFT and send to:

 Donation Form 

Sculpture by the Sea
PO BOX 300
Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

Email: [email protected]