Following a solid response from artists around the world, this year’s Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi has confirmed that more than 100 artists have been selected for the iconic outdoor exhibition.
As one of the first major public arts events in Sydney since the Covid-19 lockdown, Sculpture by the Sea is currently scheduled to take place between 22nd October and 8th November, once again transforming the unforgettable 2km Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk with site-specific artworks.
Artists showcasing at the event include those from Japan, New Zealand, Norway, France, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Greece and China, as well as every State and Territory across Australia. More than 30% of this stable of artists will be debuting and have never been involved in the Bondi exhibition before.
“While we greatly sympathise with those artists and arts companies whose practices, exhibitions and productions have been so abruptly and significantly impacted by Covid-19, it is extremely exciting to see so many artists respond to our call for submissions,” said Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea, David Handley. “All year artists have been reaching out to ask if the exhibition is going ahead and, now the artists have been selected, we’re thrilled to move closer towards our Bondi exhibition opening on 22 October.”
Sculpture by the Sea hasn’t yet announced what social distancing measures will be in place, but we are assuming that plenty of precautions will be needed. After all, the multi-day event usually pulls around 450,000 attendees across three weeks each year.
Plans are contingent on the ongoing pandemic and any public gathering restrictions remaining in place into late October.
The full list of exhibiting artists at this year’s Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi can be found here.
Image: “The Statue of Mad Liberty” by Wang Kaifang; photo by Clyde Yee at Sculpture by the Sea 2019.