Sunday, 16 March 2014

Sculpture By The Sea

Every March the iconic Cottelsoe beach is transformed into a giant sculpture park overlooking the Indian Ocean. Over 70 artists, both local and international, exhibit their works on the sand as part of Sculpture By The Sea, one of my favourite art exhibitions of the year. 

On Friday night I joined a dear friend for a perfect evening in Cottelsoe. With the backdrop of yet another spectacular Perth sunset, and the soundtrack of crashing waves we spent the evening digging our toes into the sand as we took in each piece before walking across the road to Il Lido for a scrumptious Italian feast. As I didn't take any photos that night I decided to take advantage of todays glorious weather and hit to the beach for a morning stroll, camera in hand! 

Cottesloe Beach is always bustling with life, but it really takes off in March. The art becomes a colourful playground for young and old as everyone runs around, through and under these impressive installations (without climbing all over them of course!). Even the weekly "Nippers" programs (Kids surf life saving classes) are training and competing between art installations and the busy nattering public. 

It is such a great way to showcase some incredible local and international talent, bringing art out of the galleries and into public spaces. This is Sculpture By The Sea's tenth exhibition and have no doubt it will continue to flourish over many more years.

If you are in Perth and you haven't gone to see it yet please do! You only have one more week as the exhibition runs until the 24th of March.
Otherwise please enjoy a snapshot below :) 

Red Centre - Carl Billingsley USA 

Signature - Johannes Pannekoek WA

Windsong - Barclay Bailey WA

Rescheduling Permanence - Helen Seiver WA

Insectopia - Maria Hildrick WA
Life Reflection XX #1 - Byung-Chul Ahn, South Korea 
Gift of the Rhinoceros - Mikaela Castledine WA
Overconsumption - Kerrie Argent WA

Southern Passage -Tony Jones WA

150 Surfboard Graveyard - Cottesloe - Chris Anderson NSW

Wave 1 - Annette Thas WA 
Permanent Sunset - Alejandro Propato, Argentina 

Ocean Cathedral - Debbie Harding, England
A to B - Francesca Mataraga NSW
Embrace - Ayad Alqaragholli WA 
Like a flower swaying in the wind - Hiroyuki Kita, Japan
Once Removed - Robert Barnstone NSW

There's many a slip 'Twixt the cup and the lip - Ken Unsworth AM, NSW

Which was your favourite?

All Photos By Alix Hamilton


  1. Oh how awesome! I wish there was something like this where I'm at in NC. That's amazing!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Leslie! Yeah, I think it is a wonderful initiative too. It actually started in Sydney so they have an exhibition there on Bondi every year, and there is also an exhibition in Aarhus in Denmark of all places!

  2. I love your blog. Your photos are great and always look flawless. What software do you use to edit with as I'm looking at buying some?
    Beth x

    1. Thank you so much Beth! That is very kind of you to say.
      Currently I use Aperture which is an Apple program. Occasionally I use a bit of Photoshop, but given that the only real adjustments I ever make are to boost contrast to make my images pop a little more, Aperture tends to do me quite well. Having said that I hear a lot of people talk about Lightroom at the moment, so am thinking of checking that out soon.

      Alix xx

      Ps. I love your blog too!

  3. If another Australian artist was writing a blog about a particular piece of art you have photo's of here would you allow her to use your photo?

    1. Hi Kees,

      Of course! All I ask for is my name in the credit :) If you want to email me instead it may be better, my email address is
      Thanks so much for stopping by! I look forward to hearing from you,