artsCape attracts top sculptors
The beachfront at Clarks Beach at Byron Bay will be transformed by the works of more than 60 acclaimed local, national and international sculptors at artsCape Biennial 2010.
The outdoor exhibition, to be staged from June 26 to July 11, was launched at The Byron at Byron Resort last Friday evening.
Sculptors invited to participate include distinguished Australian Bert Flugelman, Phil Price from New Zealand, Usama Alnassar from Syria, Keizo Ushio from Japan and Nick Horrigan from the United Kingdom.
Other Australians selected to display their works include Greg Johns, Jan King, Mark McLelland, Emma Davis, Marcus Tatton and Bronwyn Berman.
Organisers say the sculpture at artsCape Biennial 2010 will convey messages about the environment and sustainability with works varying in scale from the ‘small and intimately engaging, to dramatic large-scale statements’.
Committee chairman and founding chairman of Sotheby’s Australia, Robert Bleakley, said he had little doubt the event had the makings of ‘what could become a celebrated show of national importance’.
“Conceptual, sensual, challenging, artsCape 2010 will undoubtedly stimulate strong responses,” he said.
“It is sure to entrance all who experience it.”
National Gallery of Australia Foundation board member, former national sculpture prize judge and member of the artsCape judging panel, Julian Beaumont, said the selected sculptures would bring into sharp focus not only the intrinsic beauty of the landscape but maybe also the threat the landscape was exposed to.
“An incredibly impressive and diverse array of artists will show in this exhibition,” Mr Beaumont said.
“Each with their own personal interpretation of the theme, many with an international reputation, many others with national repute and most importantly, many whose work is still evolving.
“Each of them will show a work which demonstrates their grasp of our environment and their understanding of the respect it deserves.”
Founders of the highly successful inaugural artsCape staged at Cape Byron in 2005, Merran Morrison and Rebecca Townsend, have been engaged to curate this year’s event.
While a campaign to secure support from government, industry and individuals for the event continues, major supporters so far include Industry and Investment NSW, The Byron at Byron Resort, The Caledonia Foundation, Byron United, regional Arts NSW and a number of private art philanthropists.