The world’s largest free public exhibition is back in Bondi Beach from 24 October through to 10 November 2019. We’re talking about Sculpture by the Sea, which will have over 100 sculptures made by Aussie as well as international artists. The coastal path will yet again turn into a snapper’s paradise.
Founding director David Handley explains that artists, on average, spend about AUD 25,000 to build these magnificent sculptures. You’ll be able to witness them in all their glory at various sites along the Bondi to Tamarama Coastal Walk. This encompasses Marks Park, Mackenzie’s Bay /Gaerloch Avenue and ends at Tamarama Beach and Park.
For primary and secondary level students, the exhibition has education programs that range from $175 to $400. Artist spotlight talks are also available. Students with disability get a Tactile Tour in accessible areas in Marks Park free of cost but bookings are essential. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about the booking.
For others with a disability, Sculpture by the Sea has a Tactile Tour system in place. This time around, they will have 36 Tactile Tours over 10 days which will include 460 participants and 169 carers. Booking will be required for this and you can do so by enquiring through email@example.com or calling +61 2 8399 0233. If you’d like the walking tour map that Sculpture by the Sea designed, you can get one on their website.
Hired buses and coaches will drop off and pick up passengers at the public bus stop on Campbell Parade, South of Bondi Beach near Sandridge Street at the bottom of Bondi Road. The organizer has requested that you do not stop at any of the public bus stops in the area unless it’s a hired bus or coach. Fines will apply if you do not comply. Also, you can’t access Tamarama by private bus or coach.
From the Campbell Parade designated area, to start the tour at Notts Avenue, you should turn right towards Bondi Beach and right into Hunter Park. This should take about 3 minutes. To enter the exhibition at Marks Parks you will need to turn left and walk along Sandridge Street and left again into Fletcher Street. It’s approximately a 5-minute walk.
The Full Course – Sculpture by the Sea
The full course is of moderate walking difficulty and it should be no problem for those who are fine with some stairs and walking a bit over a kilometre. You’re advised to tread carefully as there are uneven paths, steep steps with and without railings, grassed areas, concrete paths, sand, as well as sandy and /or wet walking surfaces.
The Easy Route – Sculpture by the Sea
If you’d like the easy route, you start on Cher Street and loop back from Marks Park. This will not include any stairs and is also accessible to people with disability. The Tactile Tour drop off and pick up point is on the intersection of Kenneth Street and Marks Lane, and the meeting point is only a short way off in Marks Park. You can find accessible toilets in Marks Park and Tamarama. Emergency procedures are also in place in the venue, with staff and volunteers available who are trained to deal with such situations.
While visiting, you can get a catalogue for $12 from the people at the information marquees to learn about the artists in the exhibition. You can also drop by Sculpture by the Sea’s free weekend Aqualand Artist Talk, which they will host every weekend of the exhibition from 10 am to 3 pm in Marks Park or Tamarama. Bookings are not required and you can get the details at the Exhibition Site Office in Marks Park and at the Exhibition Information and Merchandise Kiosks.
Whether you’re a first-timer or a regular visitor, you’re sure to be enthralled by the incredible sculptures that will decorate Bondi Beach only for a short while.
Sydney Accommodation – ‘Sun-Sational’ Package
Be on board with our special ‘Sun-Sational’ Summer package and have a scintillating experience. In addition, enjoy the magic of Sydney’s Christmas lead up with our New Years holiday to follow. The city will then transformation across the Sydney Festival through theatre, music, circus and visual arts.
Package includes overnight accommodation with breakfast for two people. Free parking for one car and a special late 1pm checkout. *Late checkout eligible on both weekends and weekdays.
- Children under 12 years old stay and eat for free at Holiday Inn Potts Point – Sydney