Perth Sculpture Conference

Zhan Wang (China), ‘Floating Rock’, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2018. Tourism WA Invited International Artist. Photo Richard Watson

The Perth Sculpture Conference is presented in partnership with Storm King Art Center, USA one of the great sculpture parks in the world. 

Sculpture by the Sea is pleased to announce that New York’s Storm King Art Center, widely regarded as the most important outdoor sculpture museum in the world is the International Presenting Partner for the inaugural Perth Sculpture Conference.

The Perth Sculpture Conference will be held this week:  8 – 9 March 2023 at the State Library of Western Australia, as part of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2023, which runs from 3 – 20 March. The conference is also presented in partnership with local Western Australian organisation DADAA (Disability in the Arts Disadvantage in the Arts).Tickets available on the day or  use the link below to register to access tickets.
Further speaker announcements and full program details will be available soon.




Speakers include:

  • Nora R. Lawrence, Artistic Director & Chief Curator, Storm King Art Center
  • John P. Stern, President, Storm King Art Center
  • David Doyle, Executive Director, DADAA
  • Dr Michael Hill, Head of Art History & Theory, National Art School
  • Ron Robertson-Swann OAM, Artist
  • Distinguished Professor Paul S.C. Taçon FAHA FSA FQA, Chair in Rock Art Research and Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology, Griffith University

Panel discussions include:

The Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail featuring artists in the collection:

Jen Cochrane (WA)
Peter Lundberg (USA)
Sandra Nyberg (Finland)
Takeshi Tanabe (Japan)
Prof. Gavin Younge (South Africa)

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe Access & Inclusion Program
chaired by Program Manager Jacqueline Homer, DADAA

Program Highlights:

The program will feature two afternoons filled with talks and a panel discussion that focus on access and inclusion best practises, including case studies and program examples.

Keynote addresses include Nora Lawrence, Artistic Director and Chief Curator at Storm King Art Center, New York, on innovations in being more accessible and inclusive and David Doyle, Executive Director of DADAA, discussing initiatives closer to home.

John P. Stern, President of Storm King Art Center, New York will speak about the creation of Storm King Art Center, one of the world’s great outdoor sculpture museums located in the stunning Hudson Valley of Upstate New York.

Of particular note is a presentation by Professor Paul S.C. Taçon FAHA FSA FQA, Past ARC Australian Laureate Fellow (2016-2021) and Chair in Rock Art Research, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia speaking about new discoveries in North Australian Rock Art, specifically the 160 metre long sculpted sandstone rock shelter called Marra Wonga. Working closely with Iningai Traditional Owners, Marra Wonga was documented between September 2020 and July 2021 from archaeological and ethnographic perspectives and first published in late June 2022.

Further program highlight details will be announced in the coming weeks, including an in conversation style talk between Ron Robertson-Swann OAM and Dr Michael Hill, Head of Art History & Theory, National Art School, Sydney.

Registrations are open now.

For further information or to register your interest in receiving the full program please email [email protected]