Access & Inclusion Program

  • Tactile Tour, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018. Photo Jessica Wyld.
  • Tactile Tour, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018. Photo Jessica Wyld.
  • Tactile Tour, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017. Photo Andrei Sky.
  • Tactile Tour, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018. Photo Gareth Carr.
  • Tactile Tour, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018. Photo Jessica Wyld.
  • Auslan interpreter with artist Itamar Freed at an Artist Talk, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018. Photo Charlotte Curd.

Welcome to our Access & Inclusion Program for Sculpture by Sea, Bondi 2019 (Thurs 24 October – Sun 10 November)

Sculpture by the Sea aims to engender a greater sense of community, introduce the public to a broad spectrum of sculpture, and support emerging and established national and international artists.

The Access & Inclusion program is in continual development and review to ensure our free to the public exhibitions are inclusive and positively encourage the participation of people with diverse abilities of all ages to enjoy and experience sculpture in a beautiful setting. The program supports the public profile of people with disability and their active role as audience members.

The program cultivates partnerships with schools, individuals, and organisations that represent people with disability.

DOWNLOAD     The Access & Inclusion Program Report for Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018


Our Access & Inclusion Program includes:

  • Exhibition Tactile Tours for students and visitors with disability.
  • A ‘Transition to Work’  program for young people living with a disability which involves pre-exhibition work experience at the Sculpture by the Sea office, Volunteer experience during the exhibition and an opportunity to prepare and present a ‘My Perspective Tour’ on site to a public audience.
  • Post exhibition workshops with a Sculpture by the Sea exhibiting Artist on site at a school or community centre or hospital.
  • Auslan interpreted events, weekend Aqualand Artist Talks, and Sydney Sculpture Conference.

Please see below for more information and contact details.

A big thanks to the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, the James N Kirby Foundation, Waverley Small Grants and the AGNSW Access Guides for making the Access & Inclusion Program and Tactile Tours possible.


FREE TACTILE TOURS

Visitors with disability and their carers are invited to participate in a free Tactile Tour of some of the sculpture in the exhibition with experienced guides. Individuals, school students and groups from disability service organisations are all encouraged to take up this opportunity.

Tactile Tours are designed to introduce visitors with disability to new ways of experiencing and enjoying contemporary sculpture through informed discussion and touch. The works selected for each tour have been nominated by both the Artists and the Sculpture by the Sea Site Manager as being safe to touch and are in accessible areas.

Audio descriptions/Verbal descriptions of the sculptures visited during the tours are offered to participants who are blind or vision-impaired.

Dates & times:

  • Weekdays Mon 28 Oct – Fri 8 Nov from 10am
    Early evening Tactile Tours are available on Tuesday 29 Oct and on Tuesday 5 Nov at 5pm – 6pm
  • Location: Marks Park
  • Duration: 60mins
  • Cost: Free

Bookings are essential and are tailored to meet the interests and requirements of each participant. To ensure participant safety, visitors will be assisted by our staff in arranging accessible parking. Visitors will be met and assisted at drop off and pick up from Marks Park.

Please contact [email protected] for more information and a booking form.

Tel: (02) 8399 0233


TRANSITION TO WORK PROGRAM AND ‘MY PERSPECTIVE’ TOURS

Young people are invited to take part in a supervised transition to work program. This involves working in our Surry Hills office once a week pre-exhibition and experiencing and contributing towards the behind the scenes preparation that takes place in organising a huge cultural event like Sculpture by the Sea. Participants can also (or may prefer instead) to join the Sculpture by the Sea volunteer team on site during exhibition. They will be supported in developing skills in areas like visitor services, catalogue sales or office assistance. Participants are invited to deliver a ‘My Perspective’ tour.  With encouragement and individual support with a trained educator, they will prepare and present some of their favourite sculptures, in public, to Tactile Tour audiences.

For further information please contact [email protected]


POST EXHIBITION WORKSHOPS

Post exhibition workshops with a Sculpture by the Sea exhibiting Artist take place with students at a local school and patients at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.


AUSLAN INTERPRETED EVENTS

Weekend Aqualand Artist Talks on:

  • Saturday 26 October & Sunday 27 October: 10am-12pm AND  2- 3pm
  • Saturday 2 November & Sunday 3 November: 10am-12pm AND  2- 3pm
  • Saturday 9 November: 10am-12pm AND  2- 3pm 
  • Sunday 10 November: 10am-12pm

The schedule of Artist Talks indicating which artists will be presenting their work and where (Marks Park OR Tamarama) will be available online and on site at the Reception Office in Marks Park closer to the exhibition opening.

MEDIA LAUNCH

Thursday 24 October  in Marks Park
11am. Celebrate the opening of the exhibition and the announcement of the major sculpture awards.

Exhibition Closing Ceremony

Sunday 10 November in Marks Park
2.00-3.00pm includes the announcement of the People’s Choice and the Kids’ Choice awards