STAGED in a magnificent coastal setting, exhibiting works by some of the top names in Australian sculpture as well as accomplished regional artists, and attracting thousands of visitors, Bermagui’s Sculpture on the Edge lays claim to being the premier sculpture event on the NSW South Coast.
For the seventh year running, Sculpture on the Edge will soon present another amazing display of outdoor sculptures on Endeavour Point headland, Dickinson Park lawn and Horseshoe Bay foreshore.
Meanwhile, an exhibition of small sculptures will be held in the Bermagui Community Hall in Bunga St, open for viewing from 10am until 5pm daily.
And at Shop 7 Art Space at the Fishermen’s Wharf, there will be a photo montage and video art exhibition by contemporary artist Bob Georgeson.
Having evolved in the last few years from a three day to 10-day event, Sculpture on the Edge 2013 will be on from March 2-11.
Everyone is invited to attend the community picnic at Endeavour Point from 5-8pm on March 10.
There will be live music, a gourmet sausage sizzle, and the peoples’ choice winners will be announced.
This year a highlight of the picnic will be a small fire festival, which will feature the ignition of fire sculptures by local artists Yuri Weidenhofer and Chris Polglase.
Alongside will be small works made by Bermagui Primary School pupils in workshops run by Sculpture on the Edge.
This year’s sculpture symposium is billed as “Good Dog! Animals in Sculpture”.
It will be held on March 3 at “Thubbul”, the Murrah coastal retreat belonging to acclaimed architect Philip Cox.
Those attending have the added bonus of viewing Mr Cox’s fine collection of outdoor sculpture in a superb setting.
This collection has grown over the past few years, thanks to the $5000 Cox Acquisitive Prize.
The Cox Acquisitive Prize will again be awarded at this year’s exhibition and event manager Jan Ireland has worked tirelessly to increase the prize pool to make Sculpture on the Edge an attractive proposition for exhibiting sculptors.
Her efforts have paid off and 10 prizes sponsored by local business and community identities are to be awarded, with a combined value of $5000.
Once again, the Australian National University Sculpture School will award a three-week residency.
Sculpture on the Edge operates on a shoestring budget and is continually trying to raise funds.
The community can give support by purchasing a $5 ticket in its latest raffle, which is on sale now and during the event, with the winning ticket drawn at the community picnic.
The winner, or whomever they choose, gets to be immortalised on canvas by accomplished local portrait artist Bethany Thurtell.
The show could not go on without the valuable time and effort contributed by volunteers and a team is currently being organised to staff the exhibitions in short shifts.
Volunteers are also being sought to camp on the headland overnight, to provide a presence for security of the exhibition.
Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Geoff Steel on 6493 3775 or at email@example.com, or Danie Ondinea on 6493 5777 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Sculpture on the Edge 2013, phone Jan Ireland on 6493 3808, or visit the website, www.sculpturebermagui.org.au.