Sculpture by the Sea Festival

Sculpture by the Sea Festival 2019

You can see sculptures made out of various metals like bronze and silver.  Most sculptures are made out of stone. You will be delighted to hear that there are also sculptures made out of the sand. Visiting the beach itself is an exciting experience and you cannot imagine the delight for the visitor when they see the whole beach shore is filled with sculptures made from numerous materials and displayed prominently.  

Every year the festival of sculptures take place on a beach in a different country.  In 2019, the festival is planned for Cottesloe beach, Perth, Australia.  It will be one of the largest exhibitions held outdoors. The duration is from March 1st to March 18th, 2019.

Even in galleries, one can enjoy only the sculptures.  But when located on a beach, the visitor can feel more connected. The beauty of the sculptures looks better when surrounded by the blue waters, waves, greenery and vast sky; such is the power of the location and surroundings.

Originally this festival started as an outdoor exhibition so that the visitor not only connects them elves with the sculpture but to the surroundings as well. This festival displayed along 4 kilometers along the seashore. Initially, various types of arts were planned to be exhibited in various venues.  But exhibiting paintings in open weather conditions was not practical. Hence the idea was restricted to exhibiting sculptures. This festival started in the year 1997. Initially, the organizers started the show with fewer funds as they did not know how successful the event would be. But during the first year, the festival had 100 submissions in a short time span.  From that point on it has become a major tourist attraction every year.

Various leading sculpting artists like Anne Neil and Stephen Topper participate at the festival.  The organizers provide awards and subsidies as a token of recognition for the sculptors. It helps them cover their exhibit costs too and the sculpture that has the most votes cast by the public is awarded the People’s choice prize.

This event provides a good platform for the sculptors to exhibit their creations.  It also helps the organizations to extend patronage for this innovative art.

This time this festival coincides with Perth festival and Dunsborough Art Festival.  So, a visitor can plan a vacation at the right time. Visiting now will enable you to visit all three Festivals at one go. The weather would be perfect for this time of the year.

You can take the opportunity to volunteer at this festival. This would give the chance to work closely with world-famous sculptors. A volunteer would get a certificate of appreciation. A sweatshirt and free lunch are provided at this festival. Volunteering can give you huge experience in participating in such a global cultural event.  Besides you can hone their sculpting skills too. Besides art students, the general public who admire art should not miss out of this great festival.