Bondi’s ‘seaside sculpture’ will finally return this spring for the first time since 2019

Before the pandemic, it was one of the annual highlights of Sydney’s arts calendar. If you don’t live in the port city, that’s long been reason enough to book a weekend to stroll around Bondi. And, in 2022, for the first time since 2019 – for obvious reasons – a super popular free outdoor exhibition Sculpture by the sea is finally making a comeback.

The dates to lock in your calendar: from Friday October 21 to Monday November 7. Sculpture by the sea will unveil over 100 large-scale works of art by Australian and international sculptors, along the two-kilometre coastal walk between Bondi and Tamarama.

Although the full list of artists has yet to be revealed for the 2022 event, Sculpture by the sea attendees can start to look forward to the return of some show favorites. On the program: Marina DeBris and Stephen King, recipients of the Helen Lempriere scholarship; and Danish artist Naja Utzon Popov, the first person to win the new $15,000 Danish Artist Prize from the Friendship Society of Denmark, Australia and New Zealand.

Katja Grinling

2022 will mark the 24th year of the exhibition and, as always, it should draw a crowd. In 2019, Sculpture by the sea attracted around 450,000 visitors in three weeks, with the same number of art lovers expected this time around.

“It’s great to plan the organization of the exhibition without the specter of an almost certain cancellation hanging over our heads,” said David Handley, Sculpture by the seaFounding CEO and Artistic Director. “Excitement is building as the artists, our staff and all who support us financially believe the exhibition will go ahead.”

Indeed, the event’s return won’t just unleash a slew of eye-catching sights on Sydney, and give locals and tourists an excuse to soak up the scenery too – it will naturally cap off a tumultuous few years for the exhibition. . Sculpture by the sea attempted to make a comeback in October 2021, but had to scrap those plans due to the pandemic, marking the second year he’s gone through that process. In 2020, the event initially planned to take place normally in October, then aimed for a place in early 2021. It managed to organize a CBD spin-off, sculpted rocksin the fall of 2021, however.

David Jensz

That said, even before the current global health situation interrupted its annual plans, it had already been a turbulent time for Sculpture by the sea. To go back a bit, in mid-2019, the organizers were at odds with Council over building a new path and were looking for alternate locations for the long-running art exhibit. In fact, it wasn’t until early 2021 that the parties reached an agreement to stay in Bondi until 2030, with organizers and Council agreeing to a ten-year deal.

In the midst of all the above, the Sculpture by the sea The team also branched out this year by opening the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail. This is a 100 kilometer permanent outdoor art collection along the Snowy Valleys Way, passing through the towns of Adelong, Batlow and Tumbarumba, the hamlet of Tooma, as well as local wineries Tumbarumba winery.

So, in addition to discovering the dazzling delights that this year’s range of Bondi sculptures has to offer in the spring, you can add even more enormous works of art to your to-do list – and your to-do list. travel too – in the Snowies whenever you want. .

Danai Kotsaki

Sculpture by the Sea will return to the Bondi-Tamarama Coastal Walk from Friday October 21st to Monday November 7th. For more information, visit

Images: Henrique Fanti / Clyde Yee / Charlotte Curd.