Sydney Sculpture Conference 2018 save the date

Posted: June 13, 2018 / News


In partnership with the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), Beijing, Sculpture by the Sea presents ‘Sculpture: A Universal Language’, an annual Sculpture Conference on Monday 5 November, 2018 at the Sydney Opera House.

An esteemed panel of academics and artists from CAFA, China’s leading tertiary art school, will travel to Sydney for the conference and be joined by local scholars and artists alike. With a focus on education, the conference will be cultural exchange of the latest ideas and thinking in sculpture.

Professor Lv Pinchang, Head of Sculpture at CAFA will give the International Partner welcome address, while CAFA’s most famous alumni artist Professor Sui Jianguo will give a key note session about his major public works.

Other notable key note and panel sessions include:

  • An artist-focused session hosted by Hossein Valamanesh who will discussing his Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018 work ‘Out of Nothingness’
  • A session exploring the Aboriginal Rock Art of Sydney, presented by Professor Paul S.C. Taçon FAHA FSA
  • A talk about the Chinese Sculptors included in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2018 by the illustrious John McDonald, Author, Art Critic for the Sydney Morning Herald and former Head of Australian Art, National Gallery Australia

Panel sessions include:

  • A comparison of the way sculpture is taught across leading tertiary institutions across Australia, China, South Africa and New Zealand
  • A conversation between three exhibiting artists who share the ideas, concepts and processes behind their forthcoming and previous Sculpture by the Sea works

The annual Sydney Sculpture Conference aims to foster the exchange of creative ideas between local, national and international sculpture and art communities while raising the profile, interest and awareness of sculpture across Australia.

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