Published by: Fiona Nix | 6-Jul-2016
Sculpture by the Sea is pleased to announce Aqualand Australia as the new Principal Sponsor for the annual outdoor exhibition at Bondi from 20 October to 6 November 2016. The three year sponsorship is the most significant in the exhibitions history and will support the continued growth of the acclaimed Bondi event. @sculpturebythesea
As part of the sponsorship, the $60,000 Aqualand Sculpture Award will be awarded to an exhibiting artist at the media launch and opening day of the exhibition. Thanks to Aqualand the sculpture will be gifted for permanent public enjoyment in Sydney.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, the world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition will greatly benefit from the support of Aqualand Australia with a three year sponsorship. The 20th Bondi exhibition features its 2,000th sculpture and over 100 new artworks from Australian and international artists, many of whom will be exhibiting at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi for the very first time. Over 500,000 international, national and local visitors are expected to enjoy the 18 day exhibition.

Mr Jin Lin, Managing Director, Aqualand said it's very exciting and a great privilege to be invited to be the Principal Sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea, which is such an iconic annual event in Sydney.

"Our aim at Aqualand is to inspire life; we think with our hearts to create better, smarter and more beautiful living environments and firmly believe that accessible public art is a key element of vibrant and engaged communities. It really is our great pleasure therefore to be associated with an innovative, iconic event that pushes creative boundaries and brings outstanding public art each year from countries all around the world to the people of Sydney, and its visitors." Jin said.

David Handley Founding Director, Sculpture by the Sea said: "The Aqualand sponsorship is wonderful news for Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi. We were really sweating on securing a new Principal Sponsor. To have Aqualand join us for three years to help us stage Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi as a free exhibition, while enabling the placement of three sculptures for permanent public enjoyment over the next three years is a very significant act of corporate philanthropy for the people of Sydney and its visitors".

This year's exhibition features sculptures from 15 countries including China, USA, Japan and Brazil that were selected from some 500 submissions by this year's Curatorial Panel: Deborah Edwards, former Senior Curator of Australian Art, AGNSW; Dr. Michael Hill, Head of Art History & Theory, National Art School, Sydney; Dr. Phoebe Scott, Curator, National Gallery Singapore; and Dr. Nien Schwarz, Artist & Senior Lecturer, School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University, Perth.

The Curatorial Panel have selected this years $30,000 Helen Lempriere Scholarships and $10,000 Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Sculptor Mentorships.

As part of this year's 20th anniversary celebrations, Perpetual, the managers of the Helen Lempriere Bequest, have made possible a fourth $30,000 Helen Lempriere Scholarship for Australian artists. This year's recipients are:

Jennifer Turpin (NSW) "“ Senior Artist
Geoffrey Bartlett (VIC) "“ Senior Artist
Hanna Hoyne (ACT) "“ Mid Career Artist
Norton Flavell (WA) "“ Emerging Artist

The recipients of the three $10,000 Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Sculptor Mentorships are:

Sophie Clague (NSW)
Nicole Larkin (NSW)
Mitchell Thomas (NSW)

To look towards the next decade and as a continued part of Sculpture by the Sea's aim to reach out to the world and across Sydney the not for profit organisation will announce a new exhibition in the coming month and is initiating the 'Sydney Sculpture Conference' at the Sydney Opera House on 27 October. Thanks to funding from Federal Ministry for the Arts Catalyst program and presented in partnership with world renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park (England), the 'Sydney Sculpture Conference' will create a platform for discussion and critical thinking featuring leading international and Australian speakers who will consider the challenges, impact and possibilities of 'Sculpture: In Public Space'. Early Bird Conference tickets go on sale 9am Monday 11 July via

About Sculpture by the Sea

Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi began in 1997 as a one-day exhibition run by volunteers featuring works by 64 artists and attended by 25,000 visitors. Since then, the event has grown to become the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world featuring numerous esteemed local and international artists and enjoyed by an estimated 500,000 visitors from across the world over a 3 week period.

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, now in its 12th year, features artworks by 70 artists from across the globe. The exhibition transforms the spectacular Cottesloe Beach in Perth into a major temporary sculpture park overlooking the Indian Ocean. An estimated 220,000 people visit Cottesloe during the 18-day exhibition.

About Aqualand

With over 15 years' experience developing landmark properties world-wide, Aqualand is creating tomorrow's communities.

Our success and growth is attributed to the experience and insights of the leadership team and their desire to create beautiful, habitable and sophisticated living environments.

We are privileged to be able to share our extensive understanding of residential property, our passion for achieving excellence and our dedication to delivering exceptional, intelligently designed contemporary homes to the Australian market.

Working with Australia's foremost architects, interior designers and construction companies, Aqualand is committed to a fresh approach to building better cities.

About the Helen Lempriere Scholarships

As one of Australia's most prestigious annual awards for sculptors, the Helen Lempriere Scholarships foster and promote contemporary Australian sculpture. Each year in the lead up to Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi three Australian based sculptors receive significant support for their careers thanks to the Helen Lempriere Bequest. As stipulated by the Helen Lempriere Bequest tertiary level academics select the artists to receive the scholarships. To celebrate the 20th anniversary exhibition of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Perpetual have announced an additional $30,000 Helen Lempriere Scholarship for Australian sculptors in 2016.

About the Clitheroe Foundation

In 2006, the Clitheroe Foundation and Sculpture by the Sea established The Clitheroe Foundation Emerging Sculptor Mentorship Program, awarding $10,000 each to 3 selected Australian artists. The mentor program aims to encourage professional and meaningful fellowships between emerging sculptors and established practitioners. Benefiting from Sculpture by the Sea's organisational framework, the program facilitates a skills exchange between the emerging artists and their mentors and provides a forum for the professional and technical development of the emerging sculptors.

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