From March 2nd to 18th the 14th Annual Sculpture by the Sea decorated the Cottesloe Beach and grass foreshore area, the largest free to the public sculpture exhibition with works 73 artists from around the world including Australia.
There are a few different ways to enjoy the artworks at Sculpture by the Sea, you can wander around the pieces or jump in on a guided tour.
I like to head up at sunrise and beat the crowds. My favourites this year would have to be Swirling Surround by B. Jane Cowie
Karda – Megalania by Elaine Clocherty & Sharyn Egan (dinosaur fossil)
and Rebecca Rose’s, In Awe.
Art is so subjective and personal which is my favourite thing about Sculpture by the Sea. Some pieces have me scratching my head but the person next to me is loving it and vice versa.
Some are interactive such as Sherry Paddon’s Sly Village and the Crocodile Family by Michiri Shibata.
Every weekend between 10am – 3pm there will be free artists talks. There will a few sessions each Saturday & Sunday to run for about 10-20 minutes. Look out for the red bean bags and feather banners installed at various locations on the day. The talks also include an AUSLAN Interpreter. More information on which artist will be presenting can be found at sculpturebythesea.com/cottesloe/artist-talks/
Sculpture by the Sea is an all inclusive event, LotteryWest and DADAA have come together to allow as many people as possible access to the event.
Tactile Tours are designed to introduce visitors with a disability to new ways of experiencing and enjoying contemporary sculpture through informed discussion and touch. The works selected for each tour have been nominated by both the Artists and the Sculpture by the Sea Site Manager as being safe to touch. The sculptures are located in accessible areas.
Verbal descriptions of sculptures visited during the tours are offered to participants who are blind or vision-impaired. A Tactile Tour lasts approximately one hour. Bookings are essential. Please contact [email protected] for information and a booking request form. Tel: (08) 9430 6616
On Wednesday 14th & Thursday 15th March special matting will be installed which will enable visitors with limited mobility and those using wheelchairs to access and experience sculpture located in specific areas on the beach. Visitor service staff will be available to assist and inform visitors on these days from 10.00am- 7.00pm. Shaded areas on the beach will be provided and additional first aid support will be on site nearby.
A beach wheelchair and a manual wheelchair will be available for visitors with disabilities to use during their visit – at the exhibition site office. Contact: 02 8399 0233 for information and to make a booking.
Scultpure by the Sea is on now until 18th March. For more information visit sculpturebythesea.com
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