Sculpture By The Sea Has Been Postponed For The Second Year Running

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Sculpture By The Sea Has Been Postponed For The Second Year Running

Dates for 2022 are being considered.

The NSW government’s plans to reopen Sydney by next month were sadly not enough to save Sculpture by the Sea. The popular outdoor sculpture exhibition was supposed to open on October 21 but given the Sydney outbreak, it comes as no surprise that the event has now been postponed.

Sculpture by the Sea

The ever-popular event sees the Bondi-Tamarama coastal walk lined up with over a 100 stunning sculptures along the shoreline. Unfortunately the event was cancelled last year and has now been postponed this year as well.

“We know the COVID lockdown is very difficult for many and had hoped to delay the exhibition for a month or so to give us every chance of going ahead this spring, however events have overtaken us,” Sculpture by the Sea director David Handley said in a statement.

“We hope the inconvenience and tragedy of COVID will soon be behind all of us and look forward to presenting Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in the future for everyone to enjoy.”

When will Sculpture by the Sea be held next year

Dates for 2022 are being considered so that’s another thing to add to your post-lockdown bucket list.

The event has joined the likes of Vivid Sydney and Sydney Fringe that have also been affected because of the ongoing outbreak.

Despite the postponement, the event had a successful spin-off titled Sculpture Rocks in May this year.


The organisers are working closely with the government to provide support to the 100 artists who will be affected due to the postponement.

The federal government has pledged $2 million to the not-for-profit organisation over the next two years, with $500,000 reserved for the artists at both the Bondi exhibit and its sister event at Cottesloe in Perth.

Sculpture by the Sea began in 1997 as a one-day event and has since seen enormous success, now becoming the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world. Over half a million visitors grace the event over the three weeks.

We can’t wait to attend the event in person again. Till then, stay safe.

(All images: Supplied/ Sculpture by the Sea)

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