SXS & Yorkshire Sculpture Park Presents Sydney Sculpture Conference 2016 – Sculpture: In Public Space

Posted: July 12, 2016 / News


Sydney Sculpture Conference 2016 – Sculpture: In Public Space
Presented by Sculpture by the Sea & Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Thursday 27 October, Sydney Opera House

Coinciding with Sculpture by the Sea, leading international and Australian speakers will discuss the importance, impact, challenges and opportunities of sculpture in public space.

A spectrum of perspectives and insights will be shared via keynote presentations and panel discussions examining a range of themes such as community engagement, curating & commissioning processes, environment, partnerships & collaboration, collections and artist practice.  Programmed to bring together artists, curators, collectors, academics and arts professionals, the Sydney Sculpture Conference aims to champion sculpture as an art form while considering the dynamic relationship between sculpture and public space.

Guest Keynote speaker to be announced.

Sydney Sculpture Conference 2016 Program

9.30am – 10.00am Delegate registration Morning Tea served on arrival
10.00am – 10.10am Welcome
10.15am – 11.00am Session 1 ‘Keynote Address’  Clare Lilley, Director of Progamme, Yorkshire Sculpture Park

11.05am – 11.50am


Session 2


‘Sculpture by the Sea the First 20 Years and the Future’
David Handley AM, Founding Director 
11.55am – 12.40pm Session 3

’Sculpture and Community Engagement: Re-Building a City’ Deborah McCormick Director, SCAPE Public Art, Christchurch, New Zealand

Melbourne’s Public Art Program’
Geoffrey Edwards, Former Director, Geelong Gallery and former Senior Curator, Sculpture & Glass, National Gallery of Victoria

12.45pm – 1.30pm Lunch break

1.35pm – 2.20pm



Session 4



Panel Discussion:‘Curating the World’s Great Sculpture Parks:
responding to the landscape – site specific vs non-site specific?’
Panel Chair: Nien Schwarz, Artist, Senior Lecturer, Humanities and the Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth
2.25pm – 3.10pm  Session 5  Melbourne’s Public Art Program’
3.15pm – 3.30pm Afternoon Tea


3.35pm – 4.20pm




Session 6



‘Forging New Frontiers in Contemporary Sculpture – Artist Focus’
Jennifer Turpin & Michaelie Crawford will discuss their work at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016 and two of their other recent major public artworks.

4.25pm – 5.00pm





Session 7





Panel Discussion: ‘The Future of Public Art in City Spaces’

  • New initiatives
  • Pros and cons of transient/temporary and permanent works
  • Public engagement

Panel Chair: Dr Michael Hill, Head of Art History & Theory, National Art School, Sydney.

5.00pm – 5.20pm Summing up & close

6.00pm – 8.00pm




Delegates invited to attend post-conference drinks function at Stanley Street gallery to view ‘Borne’ – contemporary sculpture and worn sculpture exhibition.


Conference Tickets 

Tickets will go on sale from 9am, Monday 11 July online, via phone or at the Sydney Opera House Box office. Visit: to book tickets.


  • General – $135
  • Students & Concessions – $70
  • Sculpture by the Sea 2016 Exhibiting Artists – $90*
  • International Partner registrations – $95*

Ticket price includes morning & afternoon tea and post-Conference networking function. Lunch is BYO or there is the opportunity to purchase lunch from the many offerings on the Sydney Opera House forecourt.
* A promo code will be provided to access these discounted rates


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Photo Credit: Stephen Marr, Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2012. Photo Unknown

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