Sydney Sculpture Conference 2018


Coinciding with the 22nd annual exhibition of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and presented in partnership with the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing, Sculpture by the Sea presents ‘Sculpture: a universal language’, an annual Sculpture Conference at the Sydney Opera House on Monday 5 November, 2018.

International and Australian scholars and artists along with an esteemed panel of academics and artists from CAFA, China’s leading tertiary art school, will come together to discuss the importance, impact, challenges and opportunities of sculpture. With a focus on education at the tertiary and secondary level, the conference will also feature a cultural exchange of the latest ideas and thinking in sculpture.

Speakers include:

Professor Lv Pinchang Artist & Dean of Sculpture, CAFA, Beijing

Professor Sui Jianguo Artist, former Dean of Sculpture, CAFA, Beijing

Hossein Valamanesh Artist, Adelaide

John McDonald Author, Art Critic & former Head of Australian Art, National Gallery of Australia

Petra Pattinson Education Manager, Sculpture by the Sea

Professor Paul S.C. Taçon FAHA FSA Professor of Anthropology & Archaeology, School of Humanities, Languages & Social Science, Griffith University, Gold Coast

Wendy Teakel Artist, former Head of Sculpture, Australian National University

• Dr Nien Schwarz Artist & Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University, Perth

Emeritus Professor Gavin Younge Artist, Author & former Head of Sculpture, University of Cape Town

David Horton Artist, Head of Sculpture, National Art School, Sydney

   Conference Program    

Conference information 

Date  Monday 5 November 2018

Time 9.30am – 5.30pm

Location The Studio, Sydney Opera House

Tickets $175 General Admission, $120 Concession and exhibiting Sculpture by the Sea Artists

Ticket price includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea, networking drink post conference and Delegate Tote Bag.

Conference Tickets


Or phone Sydney Opera House Box Office: +61 2 9250 7777

Completing The Sydney Sculpture Conference will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 6.2.2 and 7.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


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