The launch of this 22nd Sculpture By The Sea was unusual in that the Sculpture Prize announcement was delayed. This was due to the very wet first half of October which prevented some of the sculptures from being installed. The organisers felt that the sculpture award winner should be announced once all the sculptures have been erected.

David Handley announced that more than one hundred and thirty artists from twenty one countries have created this year’s one hundred and seven sculptures. Towards the end of his speech a tearful Handley dedicated this year’s exhibition to the life and career of the late Matthew Harding, a frequent exhibitor and supporter of Sculpture By The Sea.

Despite the lack of an overall winner some winners were announced. In particular, the Helen Lemeriere scholarship recipients were announced as follows: Senior sculpture Hossein Valamanesh from Adelaide, mid career sculpture Kevin Draper from Albany and emerging sculpture Britt Mikkelsen from Perth. The scholarship is worth $30,000 and the bequest is managed by the Perpetual Trustee, whose General Manager Scott Hawker was on hand to present the winners with a sculptured trophy.

The  exhibition was declared open by Michael Rose, Chairman of the Committee for Sydney, who spoke enthusiastically and cogently of the benefits that Sculpture By The Sea brings to Sydney.

Accompanying the exhibition there is a marquee containing miniatures of some of the works as well as other creations suitable for interior display.

If you miss Sculpture By The Sea on the east coast you can see another version of Sculpture By The Sea on Perth’s Cottesloe Beach on the west coast from 18 March 2019.

Sculpture By The Sea runs from October 18 to November 4, 2018

Featured image- Kevin Handley AM and Waverley Mayor John Wakefield with Cool Shit’s sculpture ‘Damien Hirst Looking For Sharks’. All pics by Ben Apfelbaum.