Sydney Sculpture Conference 2017

  • Alessandra Rossi, Untitled(Coral), Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016. Photo Gareth Carr

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Following the successful inaugural Sydney Sculpture Conference in 2016 which formed part of the 20th Anniversary Sculpture by the Sea celebrations, the 2017 conference will feature leading international and Australian speakers who will discuss the importance, impact, challenges and opportunities of ‘Sculpture: in public space’.

We are pleased to announce that German based, European-wide ‘sculpture network’ is our 2017 international partner. As Europe’s leading platform for the promotion, development and facilitation of contemporary sculpture, ‘sculpture network’ are working with Sculpture by the Sea to program the conference and build its international profile. We look forward to welcoming our European speakers and delegates to Sydney later this year.

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 Tickets 

Sculpture by the Sea Artist $115
* Applicable to all current and previously exhibited artists in Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, Cottesloe and Aarhus. Please email [email protected] to receive your discount code to access this rate

Concession card holders: students, seniors etc (concession cards required at registration) $115

General Admission $170

International Partner Discount*  $125
*Applicable to international sculpture network members.  A discount code will be sent to all members to access this rate.

Ticket price includes:

  • Morning & Afternoon Tea
  • Lunch
  • Post-conference networking drink
  • Delegate tote bag

Join the conversation and register for the 2017 Sydney Sculpture Conference


Contributing Speakers

Join a diverse group of over 200 attendees in Sydney to hear from featuring keynote and invited speakers, to include:

  • Ralf Kirberg, Chairman, Sculpture Network (Germany)
  • Zadok Ben-David, Artist (Israel)
  • Peter Boardman, Head Engineer, Structure Design, Gibbs Farm (New Zealand)
  • James Dive, Installation Artist (Australia)
  • Harrie Fasher, Artist (Australia)
  • Claire Healy, Artist (Australia)
  • Dr Michael Hill, Head of Art History & Theory, National Art School (Australia)
  • Hanna Hoyne, Artist (Australia)
  • Professor Maaretta Jaukkuri, Curator, Artscape Nordland (Norway/Finland)
  • Nicole Monks, Artist (Australia)
  • Virginia King, Artist (New Zealand)
  • Louise Paramor, Artist (Australia)
  • Prof. Lv Pinchang, Head of Sculpture, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (China)
  • Jess Scully, Public Art Curator & City of Sydney Councillor (Australia)
  • Jennifer Turpin, Artist (Australia)

The conference will be facilitated by Stephen Bradley, Manager Transfield Art Collection.



GUIDED WALKING TOURS – Friday 3 November

We are offering an optional ‘day two’ of the conference on 3rd November 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:

Guided Walking Tour of some of Sydney’s Significant Public Artworks
9.30am – 11.30am
Cost:  $28 per person
Meet outside of the Art Gallery of NSW

The tour will include works by artists such as Brett Whiteley AO, Jenny Holzer, Janet Laurence & Fiona Foley, Daphne Mayo, , James Angus, Anne Graham, Harry Seidler AC OBE, Bert Flugelman and many more. Please contact Louise Gilligan if you would like the full list of artworks featured on the tour.

Guided Walking Tour of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2017
1.30pm – 3.30pm
Cost:  $28 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 2017.

Both tours will be led by conference master of ceremonies Stephen Bradley, Manager of Transfield’s Art Collection. Stephen has a wealth of experience and knowledge and has worked with Sculpture by the Sea hosting exhibition tours for the past three years.

A booking link for the Guided Walking Tours will be sent to registered delegates. The tours are only applicable to delegates who have purchased their conference ticket.

Conference Accommodation Partner – Hyatt Regency Sydney

Conference delegates are invited to stay at our partner hotel the Hyatt Regency Sydney, a premium hotel in the heart of the Sydney CBD located adjacent to Darling Harbour. We are pleased to be able to offer a discounted room rate of $250/night to include breakfast. The hotel is only short cab ride or a leisurely 30 minute walk to the Sydney Opera House. Please visit the hotel website for more information on the facilities:   

For bookings please contact [email protected] to access the discount conference rate


Please direct your queries to: Louise Gilligan, Conference Manager  [email protected]

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