Cottesloe 2005 Catalogue Essay

Posted: March 17, 2005 / Essays

By John Stringer, January 2005 Sculpture is an exciting, pro-active and engaging medium, unique in its ability to transcend the protective indoor spaces usually required by the fine arts. Unlike painting, drawing or photography, sculpture belongs in the challenging realm of three-dimensional space and live action where it can interact directly either with nature or…

2004 Bondi Exhibition Catalogue Essay: Sculpture and other health hazards

Posted: October 28, 2004 / Bondi Exhibition Catalogue Essays, Essays

By Ron Robertson-Swann OAM Sculpture is alive and well and sculptors are making ambitious and wonderful works. But there are contemporary viruses going around that can make certain sculptures look a bit unwell, and can effect the viewers’ judgement about sculpture. One virus takes the form of topics for discussion on sculpture:- • “Breaking down…

2003 Bondi Exhibition Catalogue Essay: The Royal Aquarium and Wonderland City, Tamarama Beach

Posted: October 30, 2003 / Bondi Exhibition Catalogue Essays, Essays

Tamarama Beach has often been in Sydney’s social and cultural spotlight. In 1887 a Royal Aquarium and Pleasure Grounds was opened on the beach. Commonly known as the Bondi Aquarium, Sydneysiders in their Victorian era finery would visit in their thousands to observe the marine life and enjoy the varied circus and Coney Island styled entertainment….

2002 Bondi Exhibition Catalogue Essay – By the sea: A history of human engagement

Posted: October 31, 2002 / Bondi Exhibition Catalogue Essays, Essays

By Dr Paul S.C. Taçon  Head of the People and Place Research Centre, Australian Museum It was by the sea that they did it. Along the edges of great oceans, on the beach and in the water, human ancestors travelled on a quest to explore and conquer the world. By the water they met, shared…

2001 BONDI CATALOGUE ESSAY: The Aboriginal Rock Carving on the South Bondi Headland

Posted: September 14, 2001 / Bondi Exhibition Catalogue Essays, News

                              By David Handley AM with research assistance by Elizabeth Stanton. Since the start of sculpture by the sea we have received numerous questions about the Aboriginal rock carving on the South side of the Mark’s Park headland. This short essay…

1999 Bondi Exhibition Catalogue Essay: An Essay on Public Sculpture by Michael Hedger

Posted: October 23, 1999 / Bondi Exhibition Catalogue Essays, Essays

In only three years, Sculpture by the Sea has firmly established its place on the Sydney and Australian art calendars and has helped to reinvigorate interest in the most dramatic of visual arts forms. Finding exhibition spaces for sculpture has always been problematic so this annual exhibition means an excellent avenue for sculptors to display their…

1998 Bondi Exhibition Catalogue Essay: An Essay on Sculpture by Tom Bass

Posted: October 8, 1998 / Bondi Exhibition Catalogue Essays, Essays

The idea behind the event of Sculpture by the Sea deserves to be supported by all those who see sculpture as a significant part of the life of our society. In the exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, sculpture is being seen in its rightful place. For so long, in Australia, sculpture has been relegated to…

1997 Bondi Exhibition Catalogue Essay: Sculpture by the Sea by Donna Lee Brien

Among the principles guiding the establishment of this exhibition has been an emphasis on inclusion. In this context, a broad definition of sculpture is employed, whereby a sculpture is taken to mean a work (of art) that in some way occupies, modifies, creates or defines three dimensional space. This definition embraces works of widely diverse…