THE 14TH ANNUAL
SCULPTURE BY THE SEA COTTESLOE
2–19 MARCH 2018
SCULPTURE BY THE SEA COTTESLOE , the annual outdoor sculpture exhibition, returns to transform the famous white sands of Cottesloe Beach from 2 – 19 March 2018.
Now in its 14th year, the exhibition is one of Perth’s largest free public events, attracting an estimated 220,000 visitors. More than 70 Australian and international artists are set to showcase their work across the 18-day exhibition including 28 artists from WA.
This year, with support from Tourism WA, the exhibition will bring celebrated contemporary Chinese artist Zhan Wang to Perth to exhibit a major work in Australia for the first time. Zhan Wang will exhibit ‘Floating Rock,’ a new work created specifically for Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe. The two metre high by four metre wide stainless steel rock will float on the water at Cottesloe Beach.
Acclaimed Israeli artist Zadok Ben-David joins Zhan Wang at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe in 2018, exhibiting for the second year in a row after his 2017 work ‘Big Boy (2016)’ captured the imagination of the thousands of visitors to the exhibition and his success at this year’s Perth International Art Festival.
Zadok Ben-David and Zhan Wang will be joined by a number of other leading international sculptors, including Danish architect Johan Gjøde whose work at Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus in Denmark in 2015, ‘The Infinite Bridge,’ became an international hit.
The exhibition will showcase works by some of WA’s leading sculptors including Tim Burns, Olga Cironis, Elaine Clocherty, Tony Davis, Kevin Draper, Ron Gomboc, Tony Jones OAM, Janine McAullay Bott, Johannes Pannekoek, as well as leading mid-career and emerging artists Sharyn Egan, Jina Lee, April Pine and Tania Spencer.
With 14% of Sculpture by the Sea’s costs covered by government partners and the remainder from private donors and corporate partners, the artists often need support to cover the cost to transport their sculptures to the free exhibition. This year, the sculptures have travelled 319, 467 miles to Cottesloe.
Sculpture by the Sea is asking visitors to ‘Buy A Mile’ with a $1 donation to directly assist artists, help the artists return next year and keep the exhibition alive and free for the community. Thanks to Lotterywest, Sculpture by the Sea will continue to provide the Beach Access Days this year on Wednesday 14 and Thursday 15 March, with special matting installed on Cottesloe Beach south of
Indiana’s to allow people with limited mobility or using wheelchairs access to the sculptures on the sand.
The Alcoa School Education Program returns to Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe as a highlight exhibition for school-aged children and their teachers. Approximately 2,500 primary and secondary students will participate in artist-led practical Sculpture Workshops, exhibition Focus Tours and Artist Talks during the event.
SCULPTURE BY THE SEA COTTESLOE – MEDIA LAUNCH
WHAT: Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2018 Media Launch and announcement of the recipient of the $50,000 Rio Tinto Sculpture Award, whose work will be gifted for permanent public placement to the City of Busselton; and $10,000 WA Sculptor Scholarship
DATE: Friday 2 March, 2018
TIME: 11am, Media registration open from 10.15am
WHERE: Cottesloe Beach, Marine Parade, Under the trees between Cottesloe SLSC and Indiana’s
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