Sydney Sculpture Conference 2020

  • Hamish McMillan, ‘Bystander’, Sculpture Encounters – Granite Island. Photo Mike Moore.
  • Giuliano Vangi, 'Grande Racconto', Hakone Open Air Museum, Hakone, Japan
  • Niki de Saint Phalle, 'Miss Black Power' and Antony Gormley, 'Close', Hakone Open Air Museum, Hakone, Japan

The Sydney Sculpture Conference 2020: In Open Air will explore the curation, community importance and engineering of outdoor sculpture parks across an afternoon of engaging discussions with prominent artists and industry leaders. Join us in person at the Art Gallery of NSW or virtually via Zoom webinar on Tuesday 17 November.

We are proud to announce our 2020 International Presenting Partner is The Hakone Open-Air Museum, home to a wide variety of sculptural masterpieces that span the modern to contemporary genres, displayed against the picturesque scenery of the Hakone mountains in Japan. Takuro Kurokouchi, Chief Curator, will be giving the keynote address and sharing his knowledge on curating the sculpture park.

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.

Conference Program:

Welcome Address
The Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts

Presenting Partner Keynote Address: Hakone Open-Air Museum, Japan
Takuro Kurokouchi, Chief Curator of the Hakone Open-Air Museum

‘Sculpture Encounters – Granite Island’:Panel Discussion on Artist Perspectives
Led by David Handley AM, Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea, together with the following artists in the collection on Granite Island in South Australia:

Yi Cui (China)
Giuliana De Felice (NSW | New Zealand)
Hamish McMillan (SA)
Hossein Valamanesh (SA)
Margaret Worth (SA)

National Gallery of Australia Sculpture Garden:History and Future
Dr. Lucina Ward, Senior Curator of International Paintings and Sculpture, National Gallery of Australia

The Arnhem Land Maliwawa Rock Art Images: Research and Discovery
Professor Paul Taçon, Chair in Rock Art Research Griffith University, Queensland

Gibbs Farm, New Zealand: In Conversation
Peter Boardman, Head Engineer, Gibbs Farm, New Zealand together with Dr. Michael Hill, Head of Art History & Theory, National Art School, Sydney



Date: Tuesday 17 November 2020
Time: Registration 11.45am – 12pm | Conference 12pm – 5pm
Location: The Domain Theatre, Art Gallery of NSW


To register your interest for early bird tickets or further information, please email [email protected] or call (+61) 2 8399 0233 for further details.