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The World's Largest Free Sculptures by the Sea
This is the 14th Annual Cottesloe Exhibition of Sculptures by the Sea and is, of course, held at the beautiful Cottesloe Beach!


Sculptures by the Sea was established in 2005 and is the world's largest FREE to the public sculpture exhibition, having generally over 70 sculptures designed by artists from all over the world.

This transforms the beautiful Cottesloe beach into a virtual sculpture park for all to see! There are generally about 220,000 people who visit these sculptures over the 3 weeks.

The exhibition is featured from the sea wall, all the way along the sand towards North Cottesloe and also on the grassed areas around the beach, and this creates a unique sculpture park. You will be able to gain access to Cottesloe Beach from the ramps or stairs at different locations along Marine Parade.


You can get involved in some of the public programmes during the exhibition including the Alcoa Schools Education Programme and the free Tactile Tours. You can also find out about the exhibiting artists and which sculptures have received awards and subsidies.


Awards and subsidies for the event include:

The Rio Tinto Sculpture Prize which is an acquisitive award of $50,000 gifted for permanent public placement in Western Australia
Three site-specific artist subsidies of up to $10,000 each
Western Australian Sculptor Scholarship of $10,000
The Rio Tinto Western Australian Emerging Sculptor Mentorship of $10,000
The EY People's Choice prize of $5,000
The Kid's Choice prize of $2,000

Visitors with a disability and their carers are invited to participate in a free Tactile Tour of some of the sculptures in the exhibition with experienced DADAA guides. Individuals, school students and groups from disability service organisations are all encouraged to take up this opportunity.

Tactile Tours are designed to introduce people with disabilities to find new ways of experiencing and enjoying modern sculpture through "informed discussion" and by being able to touch the works. The items selected for each tour have been nominated by both the Artists and the Sculpture by the Sea Site Manager, as being safe to touch. These sculptures are located in accessible areas.

They also offer a verbal description of the sculptures visited during these tours to visitors who are blind or vision-impaired.

A Tactile Tour lasts approximately one hour. More details of the Tactile Tour Program and Bookings will be available shortly at this site.

Special matting will be installed for two days during the exhibition and this will enable visitors with limited mobility, and those using wheelchairs to access sculptures located in specific areas on the beach.

The beach access matting for 2018 is planned to take place from 10 am and staffed until 7.00 pm on Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th March, however once again, check their website nearer to the date of the event.

There will be a public programme of free Artist Talks available each weekend during the exhibition from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm. Visitors are invited to meet international and local exhibiting artists on site next to their work and you can hear them talk about their ideas and how they came to make that particular piece, and you can do this while seated in a bean bag!

Also this year, for the first time, there will be an Auslan (sign language) interpreter for these talks.

There will be beach wheelchairs available for visitors with a disability to use during their visit, and these will be available at the site office – to make a booking go to this site.

2nd to 19th March, 2018

Cottesloe Beach
Marine Parade

9.00 am to 5.00 pm

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Why? For unique sculptures on the beach at Cottesloe
When: 2nd March to 19th March, 2018
Where: Cottesloe Beach, Cottesloe
Cost: FREE
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