Access & Inclusion Program

  • Photo Jessica Wyld
  • Photo Jessica Wyld

Welcome to our Access & Inclusion Program for Sculpture by Sea, Cottesloe 2020, (Fri 6 – Mon 23 March) proudly supported by Lotterywest.

Sculpture by the Sea aims to engender a greater sense of community, introduce the public to a broad spectrum of sculpture, and support emerging and established national and international artists.

The Access & Inclusion program is in continual development and review to ensure our free to the public exhibitions are inclusive and positively encourage the participation of people with diverse abilities of all ages to enjoy and experience sculpture in a beautiful setting. The program supports the public profile of people with disability and their active role as audience members. 

The program cultivates partnerships with schools, individuals, and organisations that represent people with disability.

In partnership with DADAA we will be offering:


Visitors with disability and their carers are invited to participate in a free Tactile Tour of some of the sculpture in the exhibition with experienced DADAA guides. Individuals, school students, and groups from disability service organisations are all encouraged to take up this opportunity.

Tactile Tours are designed to introduce visitors with disability to new ways of experiencing and enjoying contemporary sculpture through informed discussion and touch. The works selected for each tour have been nominated by both the Artists and the Sculpture by the Sea Site Manager as being safe to touch. The sculptures are located in accessible areas.

Auslan interpreted tours are also available.

A Tactile Tour lasts approximately one hour.

Dates & times:

  • Weekdays Monday 9 – Friday 20 March at 10.15am and 11.30am
  • Auslan interpreted tours on Thursday 19 March
  • Evening tours on Thursday 12 and Thursday 19 March at 6pm
  • Saturday 14 March at 10.15am and 11.30am

Bookings are essential.

Please contact [email protected] for information and a booking request form.

Tel: (08) 9430 6616

DADAA will confirm your booking by email.


These one-hour exhibition tours invite participants from special interest community groups to visit and enjoy Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2020, providing the opportunity to meet with an exhibiting artist to view and discuss their work.

For more information and bookings please contact: [email protected]


On Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 AND Thursday 19 March special matting will be installed which will enable visitors with limited mobility and those using wheelchairs to access and experience sculpture located in specific areas on the beach.

Visitor service staff will be available to assist and inform visitors on these days from 10.00am – 7.00pm. Shaded areas on the beach will be provided and additional first aid support will be on site nearby.

For your safety, caution is advised when using mobility aids on beach matting. Potential hazards: Slipping, tripping and tipping.

Bookings are not required.

For more information please contact [email protected] or (02) 8399 0233.


A manual wheelchair will be available for loan to visitors with disability to use during their visit. It is located at the exhibition reception office. Please contact: 02 8399 0233 for more information and to make a booking.


Exhibition Media Launch on Friday 6 March at 11.00am-12.00pm

Exhibition Closing Ceremony and announcement of the People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice awards on Sunday 22 March at 2.00pm-3.00pm

No bookings required.

For more information please contact [email protected] or (02) 8399 0233.


Information pages from the Exhibition Catalogue will be provided in an enlarged A4 format for visitors with low vision to refer to during their visit. This will be available at the Catalogue Marquee and it is requested that it be returned for others to use during exhibition.

Testimonials from our Western Australian supporters

“Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe has been committed in its efforts over the past years to provide an accessible & inclusive program. DADAA has been supporting Sculpture by the Sea in providing tactile tours for people with disability, their families, friends and carers. Feedback from disability service organisations has been extremely positive with participants citing that having a guide taking them on a tour and being able to touch the sculptures has been integral in their enjoyment and experience of the exhibition.”

DADDA provides access to arts and culture for people with disability or a lived experience of mental illness.


“Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe is a highlight in our annual Amana Living Arts Festival calendar. Our residents and clients have treasured the opportunity to participate in Tactile Tours where they have been able to get up close and personal with the artwork and learn about how these amazing sculptures were created.

The small customised tours provided by Sculpture by the Sea have enabled our residents and clients to be immersed in the event, regardless of their physical or cognitive abilities. We’ve found the guides to be knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating and we have many participants that can’t wait to return the following year.”

Amana Living Inc. is one of WA’s largest not-for-profit providers of care and services for older people.

We would like to thank Lotterywest for supporting the Access & Inclusion Program.


Access & Inclusion Program partners