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Over 100 artists have freighted their artworks over
353,249 miles to share their incredible art with all of us.
And now they need your support!

For just $1 you can “Buy A Mile” to support the artists
with their costs and keep this show on the road.


Every October, the spectacular coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama is transformed into Sculpture by the Sea, the world’s largest free to the public outdoor sculpture exhibition. And while it may seem to happen by magic, have you ever wondered what it takes to bring over 100 sculptures, from all parts of the globe, to your doorstep?

Just 18% of our not for profit organisation’s costs are covered by our government partners.  Some of the remainder comes from our wonderful private donors and corporate partners. But even that comes nowhere near covering what it costs most of the artists to simply transport their artwork to the event. Free for all of us to enjoy together.

The works in this year’s show have travelled a collective 353,249 miles (568,499 kilometres). So we’d love for you to support the artists, and “Buy a Mile”. If everyone who enjoys Sculpture by the Sea donates just $1 each, you will help us achieve our goal of directly assisting these amazing artists and help us do it all again next year!

Sculpture by the Sea is a not-for-profit organisation which despite common misperception receives less than 20% of its revenue through government funding.

We rely heavily on the generosity of individuals and Foundations whose philanthropic support accounts for 16% of our annual budget. Their support ensures we can continue to keep the exhibition as a free to the public event, while providing support to the exhibiting artists and delivering our expansive Education & Access programs for the benefit of the community. There are many ways you can join us and support Sculpture by the Sea.

Annual Giving Program

Become one of our dynamic and committed Patrons & Supporters and join a like-minded group of individuals who are passionate about helping Sculpture by the Sea achieve our goals. Your annual donation will not only contribute to helping us produce each exhibition but 20% of your donation will go directly to the exhibiting artists to assist with their costs of exhibiting.

Donor Levels

  • Ambassadors $10,000+
  • Distinguished Patrons $7,500+
  • Significant Patrons $5,000+
  • Patrons  $2,500+
  • Special Supporters $1,000+
  • Supporters $500
  • Friends  $250

Should you wish to donate a larger gift to Sculpture by the Sea then we would be pleased to talk to you about how your donation could support a specific program, tailored to your interest.

Making your donation

Making your tax-deductible donation is easy and can be done in several simple ways. You can make your donation online by credit card via our Secure Stripe Payment Gateway by clicking here

Alternately you can download, complete and send in our Donation Form and choose your payment method, be it a credit card, bank transfer or over the phone, as outlined on the form.
All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.


Donations of $5,000 and above will be acknowledged on our ‘Patrons Thank You Board’ on the external wall of the Sculpture Inside gallery in Marks Park during the show. All donations of $250 and above will be acknowledged in our catalogue and on our website.

Our Special Supporters, Patrons and Ambassadors will have the opportunity to be invited to special exhibition functions including opening parties, exhibition twilight tours and artist studio visits during the year. Every level of donor will receive a complimentary exhibition catalogue in the mail.

Regular Giving

A small contribution of $10 or $20 a month …

… from just 1% of our visitors would be a significant impact and enable us to work towards our goal of supporting artists’ freight and installation costs, a substantial burden for most exhibiting artists. It’s quick and easy to set up a monthly tax-deductible donation via GiveNow, a commission-free website designed to inspire giving in Australia.

Our Endowment Fund

The Endowment Fund was established in 2009 to help secure Sculpture by the Sea for generations to come. Your gift will help us to withstand any financial challenges, ensuring our exhibitions continue well into the future.

To make a donation to our Endowment Fund please complete and return our Donation Form. All Endowment Fund donations of $500 or more are acknowledged in the catalogue and on our website.

Corporate Donations

Your company can become an important part of one of the largest cultural events held in Australia each year. Inspire your staff and impress clients through your involvement, while enjoying enviable hospitality and networking opportunities. Get in touch to learn more.


Contact Louise Gilligan, Philanthropy Consultant:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: +61 2 8399 0233

Jörg Plickat, Divided Planet, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee.

Jörg Plickat, Divided Planet, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2015. Photo Clyde Yee.