Sculptures by the Sea

The world famous exhibition, Sculptures by the Sea transforms Sydney’s coastal walk into a fantasy adventure.

One of the city’s most beloved art exhibitions, Sculptures by the Sea, will once again arrive in October to transform the Bondi to Tamarama walk into a fantastical adventure.

Kicking off on Thursday, October 19, and running until Wednesday, November 1, SBTC will bring 100 works of art to the coastline.

The event attracts numerous artists, both internationally and locally, who aim to produce a work that speaks to not only the global audience but the unique location that it will be shown on.

Artists are also vying for the coveted $60,000 acquisitive prize money presented by a carefully selected panel of critics.

Now in its 21st year, the event has reached something of a full circle with many of the contributing artists influenced by earlier SBTC exhibitions they had the luck and joy to see as children.

There are also plenty of artists returning to exhibit for a second time around, continuing the conversation they began with earlier artworks.

For the first time since 2006 when he exhibited the now iconic melted ice cream truck, ‘Hot with the Chance of a Late Storm’, James Dive returns with a work on the Bondi coastal walk. James was launched to international prominence by the melted Mr Whippy van and this year’s work, likewise a humorous piece of social-environmental commentary, sees him continue to bring bold, unconventional ideas to life. 

Whether it’s for a chance to combine culture with exercise or take the ultimate selfie, Sculptures by the Sea is a definite must-do for anyone staying in Sydney during October.


Sculptures by the Sea is a free event, starting on October 19 and running until November 1 in Bondi.

For more information, including a rundown of artists, head to the official website.

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