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 aims 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.
With entries arriving from all over Australia and beyond, this annual ten day event curated on the spectacular Dickinson Point headland and in the modern Community Centre, 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.
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”
“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,” Exhibition Director, Paul Payten, said.
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. David Doyle also makes a welcome return with his prize winning work.
Payten added: “As in previous years, the Sculptures Symposium offers 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 the period 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 Outdoor exhibition on the magnificent Dickinson Point headland.
Terra Nullius – David Doyle Camouflage – Susie Bleach and Andy Townsend