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Sculpture By The Sea Returning

April Pine, ‘Shifting Horizons’, Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi 2018. Photo: Charlotte Curd.

With Sydney making great strides towards flattening the curve of COVID-19 arts organisations and local councils are begin to make preparations for the future. Waverley Council and Sculpture By The Sea in particular have formulated a plan to bring the iconic event back in October.

The world’s largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition plans to return to the 2km Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk in October, pending any public gathering restrictions remaining in place into late October. The announcement comes on the back of a new 10 year agreement between the organisation and council.

Mayor of Waverley, Paula Masselos, said the license agreement is an important step forward in the future of the world-class sculpture event.

“Waverley Council will continue to monitor what impact COVID-19 measures in NSW will have on public events in the future, but for the meantime, we just want to congratulate Sculpture By The Sea for moving forward in this new chapter… Our Council has supported this event for the past 23 years, and we look forward to continuing to support the event in whatever exciting form it takes.”

Founding Director of Sculpture By The Sea, David Handley said, “This exhibition is about Hope. We hope to be able to stage the exhibition this spring. With many artists asking us if the exhibition is going ahead and wanting to make sculptures to exhibit we have hope for the future and are excited to be planning to stage the exhibition for many thousands of people to enjoy. In the meantime, we hope that everyone stays safe and well.”

Oct 22-Nov 8. Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. FREE. Info:

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