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Matthew Harding (1964 – 2018)

Posted: October 19, 2018 / Essays

Written by Ken Scarlett OAM, Curator and Author. Between 1999 and 2017, Victorian artist Matthew Harding exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, in nine exhibitions. In honour of Mathew’s career a tenth sculpture is being exhibited on the Bondi coastal walk this year, 2018. The premature death of any person is a tragedy, but the premature death…


The rise and rise of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe

Posted: March 19, 2018 / Essays

Written by 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 by the Sea: At 21 – Coming of Age

Posted: October 19, 2017 / Essays

Written by 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…


The sculptors from Western Australia & Sculpture by the Sea

Posted: March 3, 2017 / Essays

Written by Emeritus Professor Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA, Australian National University. Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe has, for over a dozen years provided a critically significant forum for the national and international display of Sculpture in Western Australia; its unforgettable sunsets, as a setting for the display that incorporated the beach, foreshore. Although Western Australia…


20 years of Sculpture by the Sea

Posted: October 20, 2016 / Essays

Written by Geoffrey Edwards, Former Director, Geelong Art Gallery and former Senior Curator of Sculpture, National Gallery of Victoria. Geoffrey Edwards reflects on Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi and Cottesloe in the past 20 years. “I don’t think there is a piece of solid sculpture among the exhibits, they are nearly all tenuous types of things.” A…


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

Written by 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…


The Japanese Artists in Sculpture by the Sea

Posted: March 6, 2015 / Essays

Written by Keizo Ushio, Artist Keizo Ushio reflects back to when he first exhibited in 2005 at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe. 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…


Rayner Hoff 1894-1937: Sculptor by the Sea

Posted: October 23, 2014 / Essays

Written 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 small…


Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 10 Years: an artist’s perspective

Posted: March 7, 2014 / Essays

Written by Jennifer Cochrane, Artist. Jennifer Cochrane shares her memories and thoughts on exhibiting at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe. Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe has come to be a significant event in my art practice. From the excitement of participating in the first show to the many times exhibiting since, it has given me…


Bert Flugelman AM (1923-2013)

Posted: October 24, 2013 / Essays

Written by Peter Pinson. ‘I find it unrewarding to be consistent. The world is full of interesting, funny, excruciating things. My attention wanders. My appetites change.’ Bert Flugelman, 1967 At first glance, the six-decade sculptural career of Bert Flugelman seems to have  been adventurous, restless and diverse. Since the mid-1950s, Flugelman was always sharply aware of…


Sculpture in China

Posted: March 8, 2013 / Essays

Written by John McDonald, Art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald. John McDonald writes about the impact of contemporary sculpture within the Chinese culture to society in recent years. Today’s Chinese sculpture displays all the qualities that have made China into the contemporary art capital of the world – originality, energy and ambition. Many artists acquired…


An Introduction to Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2012

Posted: October 18, 2012 / Essays

Written by Harry Nicolson, writer of the introduction for the first Sydney Biennale catalogue in 1973. Harry Nicolson gives an insight on the upcoming Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2012. We are pleased to have the writer of the introduction for the first Sydney Biennale catalogue in 1973, Harry Nicolson, write this years catalogue essay….


Sculpture by the Sea: the first fifteen years

Posted: March 1, 2012 / Essays

This is an edited version of John McDonald’s essay in the 232 page book ‘Sculpture by the Sea: the first fifteen years’ David Handley, the founder of Sculpture by the Sea, recalls that the entire budget of the first Bondi exhibition in 1997 was $11,000, of which $8,500 was spent on artists’ awards. The show…


Sculpture by the Sea: A Brief History, fifteen years

Posted: November 3, 2011 / Essays

Written by John McDonald, Senior Art Critic, The Sydney Morning Herald. That first Sculpture by the Sea had an infectious energy, and was buoyed up by the kind of good will that is increasingly rare nowadays. John McDonald. This is an edited version of John McDonald’s essay in ‘Sculpture by the Sea: the first fifteen…