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Matthew Harding (1964 – 2018)

Posted: October 19, 2018 / Essays

By Ken Scarlett OAM Curator and Author The premature death of any person is a tragedy, but the premature death of an artist who is at the peak of their creative life is a double tragedy: an incalculable loss to their family and the community at large. Matthew Harding died in 2018 at the age…


The rise and rise of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe

Posted: March 19, 2018 / Essays

Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA Australian National University Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe in 2018 marks its 14th anniversary and its transformation from a bold experiment in the public display of sculpture on the west coast of Australia to an established event on the national and international sculpture calendar.  At the inaugural Sculpture…


Sculpture by the Sea: At 21 – Coming of Age

Posted: October 19, 2017 / Essays

Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA Australian National University “Where should I go?” –  Alice “That depends on where you want to end up.”– the Cheshire Cat Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass In 21 years, Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi has grown from a single-day event organised by a…


The sculptors from Western Australia & Sculpture by the Sea

Posted: March 3, 2017 / Essays

Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA Australian National University Although Western Australia continues to produce some of the most significant artists of Australia, its relative isolation has meant that reputations forged in the west may take a long time to translate into recognition in the main art capitals of the eastern states.  The situation is…


20 years of Sculpture by the Sea

Posted: October 20, 2016 / Essays

By Geoffrey Edwards Former Director, Geelong Art Gallery and former Senior Curator of Sculpture, National Gallery of Victoria “I don’t think there is a piece of solid sculpture among the exhibits, they are nearly all tenuous types of things.” A familiar refrain, perhaps, in the context of public reaction to much contemporary art including minimalist…


Bob Juniper 1929 – 2012

Posted: March 20, 2016 / Essays

Bob Juniper was one of the great Australian artists of his generation. Widely known and collected as a painter who was recognised as a Western Australian State Living Treasure in 1998, Bob was also an avid if sometimes frustrated sculptor who exhibited four times at Sculpture by the Sea in Perth and Sydney. Robert Litchfield…


Bequest Foot Forward

Posted: October 22, 2015 / Essays

Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA A short History of the Helen Lempriere Scholarships Helen Lempriere Scholarships were first awarded at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2010.  There are three scholarships given annually, one each – to an emerging, mid-career and senior sculptor – each worth $30,000 and designed to advance the sculptor’s career to…


The Japanese Artists in Sculpture by the Sea

Posted: March 6, 2015 / Essays

By Keizo Ushio When I first stood on West Australian ground, I felt the endless potential of the expansive land, especially in comparison to the islands of Japan. The potential here comes not only from rich mineral resources and beautiful natural landscapes, but also from the openness of the people. In the cities you notice…


Rayner Hoff 1894-1937: Sculptor by the Sea

Posted: October 23, 2014 / Essays

By Deborah Beck Lecturer and Historian, National Art School In 1928 Marks Park was a public reserve – a scrubby headland with breathtaking views over the Tasman Sea. It was this isolated headland and its surrounding beaches that attracted the British sculptor Rayner Hoff, and five years after his arrival in Australia, he purchased a…