Sculpture by the Sea - Call for participation

Artists are invited to submit for pre-selection in the ninth annual Sculpture by the Sea to be staged along the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama in Sydney, Australia.


  • an estimated 400,000 visitors across 3 weeks
  • Substantial sculpture sales
  • Awards and subsidies over $90,000 in 2004
  • Return economy class airfares to Sydney for 5 interstate artists
  • Return economy class airfares to Sydney for 5 overseas artists
  • 100 sculptures by Australian and overseas artists, material sponsors.

All types, forms and sizes of sculpture in all materials are eligible for entry to Sculpture by the Sea. The sites available can accommodate the largest to the smallest sculpture, however when submitting works artists are required to consider safety, ease of installation and removal, the environment and the ability of their work to withstand sun, extremely strong wind, rain, salt spray and playful children.

The creators of particularly fragile sculptures may, after pre-selection, seek the Site Curator’s written approval to exhibit only over the weekend days of the exhibition.

Waverley Council authorises Sculpture by the Sea (SXSInc) to stage the exhibition on the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. Please note that works that are considered by the Site Curator or Waverley Council to be unsafe will be ineligible. Waverley Council is committed to maintaining and supporting events that include participation from the broader community and are not discriminatory or offensive in any way.

Sites are available along the coastal walk from Tamarama Park to the steps at the end of Notts Avenue, including Tamarama Beach and CafĂ©; rock platforms; garden beds; cliff tops; the park areas at Tamarama and Mark’s Park; and the sea. Please note, artists wishing to install sculptures in the sea are required to complete a further agreement to meet additional safety and installation requirements, copies of which are available on request.

The essence of the agreement to exhibit in the sea is that the artist is responsible for the installation of their work; its maintenance and removal in the event of forecasted big seas.

The only restrictions on sites are for public, environmental and sculpture safety reasons. To the extent possible these have been indicated on the enclosed map and include:

  • unsafe distances from the cliff’s edge (approximately 3 metres);
  • rock overhangs above the walkway;
  • next to the narrower parts of the walk;
  • rock platforms exposed to the swell;
  • next to or on the Aboriginal rock carvings; and
  • works which incorporate fire or loud amplified sound.

Where feasible, artists are encouraged to select three sites for their sculpture by marking and describing their preferred sites, in order of preference, on the enclosed map.

Artists whose works are chosen for exhibition will be notified by 9 May and for pre-selected artists who live in Sydney, site meetings will be held to discuss site selection and installation.

Subsidies confirmed to date for 2005:

  • Return economy class airfares to Sydney for 5 overseas artists.
  • The Avant Card Interstate Artist Subsidy providing return economy class airfares to Sydney for 5 interstate artists. Please indicate on the entry form if you wish to be considered.
  • The NSW Ministry for the Arts Regional Artists’ Subsidy of up to $500 for transport and materials. This will be paid after the exhibition to NSW regional artists in shares relative to the distance lived from Sydney.
  • Material Sponsorship is available for selected artists. Artists must apply for sponsorship through the exhibition. Materials supplied are to be used in the sculpture exhibited and so far include plasma or oxycut sheet and scrap metal. Additional material sponsorships may be negotiated throughout the year and pre-selected artists wil be notified of material sponsorship opportunities. Please indicate on the entry form if you wish to be considered. International artists are only eligible if their sculpture is to be constructed in Australia and some materials (due to supply locations) are restricted to Sydney or NSW artists only.

Additional information will be supplied on the subsidies following pre-selection.

For overseas artists only: if the funding deadline of your national arts body has already passed, you may nominate on the entry form for your proposal to be considered for their 2006 exhibition.

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