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Sculpture Bermagui enriches community again


EACH YEAR, an exhibition in Bermagui attempts to present art for the community that will excite and stimulate thousands of locals and visitors to this unspoiled village on the Sapphire Coast. This March is the next opportunity for art lovers and the curious to see for themselves what their answers will be.

IMAGE AT TOP:Camourflage‘ by Suzie Bleach and Andy Townsend. All images supplied.

‘Terra Nullius’, (David Doyle).

Sculpture Bermagui has for some time been rated as one of the top five regional flagship events and in 2019 it promises to live up to that standard. Along with music festivals and other creative and artistic events, the collection of sculptures displayed in Bermagui will be the big one.

With entries arriving from all over Australia and beyond, this annual ten-day event is set to maintain its reputation as a record-breaker. Curated on the spectacular headland in Bermagui and a beautiful indoor space, Sculpture Bermagui offers inspiration and delight.

This is a well-respected showcase for the skill and imagination of established and renowned artists and a proven launching pad for emerging talent. From Bermagui to New York is not a big step.

Curatorial Director, Pauline Balos, said “I feel honoured that our event has gained recognition with sculptors across Australia and now even some from overseas. Our aim is to encourage and showcase the work of artists of all levels and to me that is very exciting”.

Left: ‘No Quarter Given’, (Stephen Hogan).
Right: ‘Cloud Tree’, (Ulan Murray, Rachel Burns).

“Bermagui itself is a lovely, friendly town with much to offer visitors — beaches, fishing, stunning scenery, great cafes and restaurants, peace and quiet and more,” Exhibition Director, Paul Payten, said. “In fact, the success of Sculpture Bermagui is largely due to the number of volunteers in our community and visitors seizing the opportunity to get up close and personal to sculpture and its creators.”

Of international standard, works by award-winning sculptors such as Jesse Grahame, Michael Purdy, Michael Le Grand and others have recently been exhibited and purchased.

This year’s exhibition includes works by Suzie Bleach and Andy Townsend, depicting in steel and recycled material the burden we place on Naturel; and Boyd MacMillan will present his painted aluminium sculpture. Vlase Nikoleski and Barak Zelig will make a welcome return with their works in bronze with stainless steel and corten steel respectively.

Payten added: “As in previous years, the Artists Symposium on 17 March will offer the public further access to a selection of artists who present insights into their work and art practices, with a Q&A session afterwards.”

During ten days from 8–17 March, Sculpture Bermagui offers guided tours, live music and fire spectacles. The various prizes and awards offered to encourage artists are announced at the Opening Ceremony in the Community Centre, followed this year by a unique Trail of Light and Sound leading through the village to the magnificent sculpture exhibition on Dickinson Point headland.

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