Sculpture by the Sea is a favourite event on the Perth art calendar. For two weeks in March, sculptors from all over the world take over Cottesloe Beach to exhibit their art. It is a popular exhibition with increasingly large crowds coming to view the sculptures. Special programmes are organised for the school children who come to be initiated into the world of sculpture.
The last time I was in Perth for Sculpture by the Sea was in 2013 so it was lovely to be back wandering amongst the sculptures and enjoying the views. There have been a few changes. There are still many traditional sculptures admired for their artistic value but today it is the whimsical pieces that amuse and become the exhibitions talking points.
Some of the artists have become firm favourites with the West Australian public. Artists such as Chen Wenling return year after year.
Sculpture by the Sea Awards
The $10,000 West Australian Sculptor Scholarship was this year shared by Norton Flavel and Kim Perrier.
“Together the two winners of the WA Sculptor’s scholarship are a contrast in approaches: whereas Flavel’s sculpture is shiny and open, Perrier’s is dusky and closed. What both sculptor’s share is a consummate understanding of the expressive transformation of materials.” – Dr Michael Hill, Head of Art History & Theory, National Art School
The awards for the Peoples Choice Prize and the Kids Choice Prize will be announced the day before the exhibition closes on March 23rd.
Sculpture by the Sea Exhibitors
Other exhibitors in this years Sculpture by the Sea include…..
One of my favourites….
This is the first year that an underwater sculpture has been shown….
Which is your favourite sculpture?