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Excellence in sculpture on the Sapphire Coast : 13TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION 8 – 17 MARCH 2019 @ Bermagui


Art in our community… what is it all about? Where does it come from and go? Will I like it? These and more questions come up every so often and the answers are not always readily at hand.

Each year, however, 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.

Sculpture Bermagui has for some time been rated as one of the top 5 regional flagship events in SE NSW 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 a highlight.

With entries arriving from all over Australia and beyond, this annual ten day event is a modern indoor space, Sculpture Bermagui offers inspiration and delight.

This is now a well respected showcase for the skill and imagination of established and renowned artists and a proven launching pad for emerging talent. 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. 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” Now in its third year as Sculpture Bermagui, this event is a prime opportunity for the public to immerse themselves in some great art, in one of the most beautifully scenic places in the unspoilt Sapphire Coast. “Bermagui itself is a lovely friendly town with much to offer – beaches, fishing, stunning scenery, great cafes and restaurants, peace and quiet and more,” Exhibition Director, Paul Payten, said. “To have excellence in sculpture here also, really makes a visit worthwhile. Come and choose your Indoor or Outdoor favourite.” “As with any regional event, the success of Sculpture Bermagui is largely due to the support from the many volunteers in our community, some visitors also seizing the opportunity to get up close and personal to unique sculpture and its creators.” he concluded. This year’s exhibition includes works by Suzie Bleach and Andy Townsend, depicting in steel and recycled material the burden we place on Nature. Boyd MacMillan will present his painted aluminium sculpture and Sam Anderson’s Whale Shark will feature on the headland. Vlase Nikoleski makes a welcome return with his prize winning work. “As in previous years, the Artists Symposium on 16 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,” Mr Payten said During the period from 8th to 17th 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 Outdoor exhibition on the magnificent Dickinson Point headland. Full details are available at www.sculpturebermagui.org.au or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SculptureBermagui/

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