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Sculpture by the Sea Celebrates A Decade of Sun, Sand & Sculpture at Cottesloe Beach

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Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe returns to the stunning coastline of Cottesloe Beach (Western Australia) to celebrate its exciting 10th anniversary exhibition from March 7 -24.

Since its inception in 2005, the annual art event has grown to become Perth's largest and much loved free the public outdoor exhibition. An estimated 220,000 visitors are expected to see Cottesloe Beach transformed into a giant sculpture park by 74 artists from around the world set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean.

In its anniversary year, 28 West Australian artists will exhibit their works, including Decade Club inductee Ron Gomboc, Jennifer Cochrane, Tone Jones and Alessandra Rossi. They will be joined by artists from across New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and Tasmania, including Ken Unsworth AM, Linda Bowden and Ron Robertson-Swann OAM.

This year sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe will welcome 25 international artists from 10 different countries, including first time exhibitors Geraldo Zamproni from Brazil and Mia Hamilton from New Zealand, as well as a record nine sculptors from Japan. Among the Japanese sculptors is Keizo Ushio who joins WA's Ron Gomboc in being welcomed as the inaugural members of the Perth exhibition's Decade Club, which recognises those artists who have exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 10 times or more.

In a much needed boost for the exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe has secured a number of new sponsors in the landmark year and welcomes Hancock Prospecting and Roy Hill as Principal Sponsors for 2014. The Western Australian company will provide a variety of benefits including the $50,000 Roy Hill Sculpture Prize, an acquisitive award open to every artist in the exhibition whose sculpture can be exhibited for at least 10 years. The prize selected by a judging panel of leading figures in the visual arts (Dr Michael Hill; Head of Art History & Theory at the National Art School, sculptor Lou Lambert and Gallerist Julienne Penny), is one of the most generous sculpture awards in Australia and among the most generous art prizes in WA.

This years Roy Hill Sculpture Prize was awarded to the Japanese artist Hiroyuki Kita for his kinetic sculpture titled 'Like a flower swaying in the wind', made from stainless steel, steel and ball bearings.

Joining long time sponsors Alcoa and the Minderoo Foundation to support the free event are Kailis Australian Pearls, law firm Allens Linklaters and professional services firm EY, sponsors of the 2014 EY Peoples Choice Prize. This prize is awarded to the most popular sculpture voted by visitors to the exhibition and will be announced on the last Sunday of the exhibition, 23 March.

When added to the $10,000 WA Sculptor's Scholarship (won by Kerrie Argent and Elaine Clocherty), provided by one of the exhibition's anonymous donors, this year's Town of Cottesloe Collection acquisition, there are significant opportunities for the exhibiting artists this year. To further bolster artist support, 50% of all public donations made during the exhibition will go directly to help cover the artists' costs.

In a first for any of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions held in Perth, Sydney or the City of Aarhus in Denmark, the Hancock Prospecting sponsorship is also making possible free Tiny Tots Sculpture Tours for pre-school children mid-week throughout the exhibition. Information on how to book is available online via the exhibitions website.

"It has been a real privilege to stage Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe since 2005," says Founding Director David Handley. "We look forward to building on the foundations of our first decade to make the exhibition even more significant on the global art scene, in doing so we will provide more benefits for WA artists and exhibitions that continue to delight and surprise so many people."

 

  • Article: provided by Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe
  • Editor Vanessa Couzens AAA
  • Image: Hiroyuki Kita 'Like a flower swaying in the wind'
  • Photographer: Clyde Yee