Art with a view for eastern yoggers

A work by Simon McGrath

ONE of Sydney’s favourite annual events kicks-off this month in Bondi or Tamarama – it really depends on where you start walking. The 16th Sculpture by the Sea exhibition (October 18 – November 4) not only promises casual visitors a visual feast but more varied eye candy than usual for regular morning yoggers (apologies to Ron Burgundy) along the popular eastern suburbs coastal walk.

A work of Yoshio Nitta

Visitors can expect to see the works of numerous Australian artists and various international artists. Interestingly, almost half of this year’s featured artists will be presenting their works at the event for the first time.

Among the artworks will be the creations of the three recipients of the 2012 Helen Lempriere Scholarships. The scholarships, worth $30,000, are awarded as part of the Helen Lempriere Bequest.

Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea, David Handley, is thrilled by what the exhibition offers.

“It is so exciting to experience the creativity of over 100 artists and what they create for the exhibition from site specific works through to museum masterpieces,” Mr Handley said.

Visitors will be inspired by the works of renowned international artists, Sui Jianguo, from China and Sir Anthony Caro.

Respected Australian sculptors Ken Unsworth and Ron Robertson- Swann will also put their creativity on display.

The launch of the exhibition on October 18 also coincides with the awarding of the Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Prize to the exhibition winner. The recipient of the $70,000 prize is decided by the panel of Sculpture by the Sea judges, with the winning sculpture being gifted to the Royal Botanical Gardens by the Balnaves Foundation. It’s a fitting home for an award-winning sculpture.

Half a million visitors are expected to delight in the annual exhibition which has decorated this ribbon of prime Sydney coastal real estate since 1997.

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