Our Access & Inclusion Program is back for Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2018

Posted: January 25, 2018 / Announced, News

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe is delighted to announce that Lotterywest has come on board for a three year partnership agreement to fund our Access & Inclusion Program. The program offers visitors of all ages with a wide range of disability and their carers free of charge initiatives at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe.

“We are greatly relieved to receive this funding from Lotterywest without which we could not have afforded to continue to offer these services to people with disability and their carers,” said David Handley AM, Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea. “It is such a wonderful program and we would like to thank Lotterywest for its support. In particular I would like to thank everyone who encouraged us to create these programs and to invite people to register for a tour or to visit on the beach wheelchair access days.”

Beach Access Program, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2017. Photo Stellar Fraser.

Our Access program was introduced at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe in 2009 in partnerships with Art Gallery Western Australia (AGWA) Access Guides. The program offered ‘Touch Tours’ to 12 participants and 5 carers who were blind and/or vision impaired. Renamed ‘Tactile Tours’ in 2010 they have continued to provide a unique opportunity for adults and children with disabilities to experience sculpture ‘hands-on’ through touch and informed dialogue with experienced guides, educators and the artists themselves. We have worked in partnership with DADAA (Disability in the Arts, Disadvantage in the Arts) and AGWA throughout this time to develop new programs and involve new audiences. Last year 820 visitors participated in Access & Inclusion programs during the exhibition.

This year we will continue to provide the ever popular Tactile Tours with DADAA guides, weekdays (and one weekend) during the exhibition period. Due to the success of the Beach Access Days introduced in 2016 they will take place again this year on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March. Special matting will be installed in some areas of the beach to allow people with limited mobility or using wheelchairs access to the sculpture on exhibition. The event will be staffed with Sculpture by the Sea trained assistants from 10am-7pm on both days and additional first aid will be provided.

Our public program of Artist Talks at weekends invites visitors to meet exhibiting artists on site and hear their stories and perspectives about their work. These will be Auslan interpreted on Saturday 3, Saturday 10 and Sunday 18 March 10.00am-12.30pm. The closing ceremony and Peoples’ Choice announcement will also be Auslan interpreted on Sunday 18 March at 2.00-2.45pm.

Specialist tours will include disadvantaged community groups, senior residents at Amana Living and a pilot program involving people with dementia.

The Lotterywest funding will also allow for the provision of wheelchair accessible ramps at Cottesloe Beach, a large print exhibition catalogue for visitors with low vision to borrow from the Exhibition Catalogue marquees, and a temporary accessible toilet.

“Lotterywest is delighted that we’ve been able to play a part in ensuring all Western Australians – including seniors and those with disabilities – are able to access what has become a calendar highlight for the people of WA.” said Susan Hunt, CEO Lotterywest.  “We will be contributing $77,000 per year, across three years to safeguard the Access and Inclusion Program and look forward to continuing to work with Sculpture by the Sea well into the future.” 

A wide ramp entrance to Sculpture Inside, our free indoor exhibition of small sculpture will provide access for visitors with limited mobility or using a wheelchair. The exhibition is located on the corner of Forrest Street and Marine Parade.

We look forward to welcoming visitors with disability to this year’s exhibition.

For more information visit:


Contact [email protected] or (02) 8399 0233.
To book a Tactile Tour please contact [email protected] for information and a booking request form. Tel: (08) 9430 6616




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