Sydney Sculpture Conference 2019

  • Cave Urban, 'Save Our Souls', Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2014. Photo Gareth Carr.
  • Cave Urban, 'The Golden Hour', Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016. Photo R Indrawan.
  • Charles Jencks, Cells of Life. Photo Allan Pollok-Morris, courtesy Jupiter Artland.
  • Christian Boltanski, Animatas. Photo Allan Pollok-Morris, courtesy Jupiter Artland.
  • Joana Vasconcelos, Gateway. Photo Allan Pollok-Morris, courtesy Jupiter Artland.
  • Antony Gormley, Firmament. Photo Allan Pollok-Morris, courtesy Jupiter Artland.

Coinciding with the 23rd annual exhibition of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi the Sydney Sculpture Conference will take place on Tuesday 29 October at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Featuring a panel of international speakers, the conference will explore the significance of site when creating, curating and commissioning sculpture.

Our 2019 International Presenting Partners are Jupiter Artland, an award-winning contemporary sculpture park located just outside Edinburgh in Scotland set over 100 acres and home to 35 permanent site-specific sculptures from artists including Phyllida Barlow, Charles Jencks, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker, and Antony Gormley. We look forward to welcoming Team Jupiter to Sydney later this year and sharing their dynamic approach to curating sculpture parks and commissioning site-specific works with our delegates.

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.

Speakers include:

  • Claire Feeley – Head of Exhibitions, Jupiter Artland (Scotland)
  • The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Federal Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts
  • Yvonne Weldon, Chairperson, Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • Dr Ken Mulvaney – Principal Advisor Aboriginal Cultural Heritage, Rio Tinto (WA)
  • Matt Chan & Georgia Forbes-Smith  – Scale Architecture, Architects & Domestic Experimentalists (Sydney)
  • Geoffrey Edwards – Artistic Advisor, Point Leo Estate Sculpture Park (VIC)
  • Guillermo Fernandez-Abascal & Urtzi Grau – Architects (Sydney and Spain)
  • William Feuerman – Director Office Feuerman, Senior Lecturer UTS (Sydney)
  • Lucy Humphrey – Lucy Humphrey Studio, Artist-Architect (Sydney)
  • Sally Kidall – Artist (NSW)
  • Jed Long & Juan Pablo – Cave Urban, Artist Collective (Sydney)
  • Peter Lundberg – Artist (USA)
  • Angie McDuff – Project Manager, artsACT (ACT)
  • David Neustein & Grace Mortlock – Other Architects, Architects & Cultural Producers (Sydney)
  • Louise Paramor – Artist (VIC)
  • Dave Pigram & Iain Maxwell – Supermanoeuvre, Architects & Digital Innovators (Sydney)
  • Raffaello Rosseli – Raffaello Rosseli Architect, Material Upcycler (Sydney)
  • Philip Spelman – Artist (ACT)

   Full Program Click Here   

Conference Information

Date: Tuesday 29 October 2019
Time: Registration 8.45am – 9.15am  |  Conference 9.15am – 5pm
Location: The Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW
Early Bird General Admission: $125 (ON SALE UNTIL 6 SEPTEMBER)
General Admission: $150
Sculpture by the Sea Artist*: $60 (uncatered)  |  $120 (catered)
Teachers Concession (the conference provides 6 hours of NESA registered PD): $120
Concession Card Holders (students, pensioners etc): $120
Sculpture by the Sea Patrons & Supporters: $120
*Discount applicable to current and previous Sculpture by the Sea exhibiting artists.

Ticket price includes:
• One full-day working conference
• Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea (if applicable)
• Post-conference networking drink at the Tilbury from 5.15pm
• Delegate Tote Bag


Guided Walking Tours – Wednesday 30 October

We are offering an optional ‘day two’ of the conference on 30 October which will feature two walking tours to provide further opportunities for delegates to explore themes and continue discussions that arise during the conference. The details are as follows:

  • Walking Tour: Sydney’s Significant Public Artworks
    9.30am – 11.30am
    Cost:  $30 per person
    Meet outside of the Art Gallery of NSW

The tour will include works by artists such as Henry Moore OM CH FBA, Brett Whiteley AO, Jenny Holzer, Janet Laurence & Fiona Foley, Daphne Mayo, Anne Graham, James Angus, Harry Seidler AC OBE, Jimmie Durham, Bert Flugelman and many more.

  • Walking Tour: Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2019
    3.00pm – 4.30pm
    Cost:  $30 per person
    Meet in Tamarama Park
    N.B. The coastal path has several stairs and uneven ground.

The tour will discuss a selected number of works exhibited by Australian and international artists along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk as part of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2019. N.B the coastal walk has several steps.


Early Bird tickets will launch this month, please email [email protected] for further details

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.