Bega District News – Sculpture Bermagui returns in 2018

By January 21, 2018News

One of the region’s premiere art events is preparing to return for its biggest and most impressive year yet.

Sculpture Bermagui is an annual indoor and outdoor exhibition that showcases work from local, and this year, international artists.

ENVISAGE: Sculpture Bermagui event manager Paul Payten looks over the Bermagui headland where the exhibition will commence in March.

 ENVISAGE: Sculpture Bermagui event manager Paul Payten looks over the Bermagui headland where the exhibition will commence in March.

In 2017 the event took it’s new name, reinventing itself from the previous Sculpture on the Edge that ran successfully for 10 years.

Now in its second year as Sculpture Bermagui, event manager Paul Payten said the group is eager to cover the town’s headland in creativity, from March 9 to 18.

Around 100 pieces will be exhibited from 65 contributing artists, spread across the headland and shown inside at the Bermagui Community Centre.

Mr Payten has been in close communication with participating artists and said each one is bringing something unique to the event.

“There is a whole range of materials, from recycled plastic to steel works,” he said.

“We are looking at a huge variation of scale too, some for the indoor exhibit are quite small where as large sculptures will work really well against the landscape outdoors.”

He also said visitors can expect a broad range of subject matters and issues to be explored.

“We don’t shy away from controversial topics or works when they are submitted,” Mr Payten said.

“We want to trigger conversations and even divide opinions, as long as it gets people thinking.”

The symposium returns to this year’s event, giving visitors the change to hear artists and curators talk about their work, the importance of environment and the role of galleries.

“It allows people to go beyond just looking at the exhibition, this way they can actually be a part of it, engage with it,” Mr Payten said.

Mr Payten predicts 50 per cent of the artists are returning to the event, giving a good mix of familiar and fresh, while half a dozen are showing their work for the first time. An artist from Thailand will also join the lineup, secured through a Melbourne gallery.

With the reputation and range of Sculpture Bermagui growing beyond the coastline, organisers are expecting to see around 10,000 visitors to this year’s event.

Sculpture Bermagui is currently touring an artwork the collective bought from last year’s exhibition around the region to promote the upcoming event.

Prizes for artists are still being finalised but so far include the Cox Family Prize valued at $5000, the Dorothy Heasty and Pauline Balos prize of $2000 awarded to a “fully resolved” sculpture, and a People’s Choice Prize for the indoor exhibition valued at $500.

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