Sapphire Coast

26 BERMAGUI - SAPPHIRE COAST - AUTUMN 2024 Bermagui has some magnificent scenery, including spectacular coastal rock formations that have been sculptured by nature over millions of years. And this autumn, you'll also have the opportunity to see lots of other wonderful three-dimensional attractions, created by talented artists for the annual indoor/outdoor Sculpture Bermagui exhibition. Sculpture Bermagui exhibition The free Sculpture Bermagui exhibition is a highlight of the Sapphire Coast calendar, and this year it will be held at three venues around Bermagui, from Saturday 9 March to Sunday 17 March. Celebrating its 18th year in 2024, Sculpture Bermagui is now one of the nation's longest-running sculpture exhibitions. Record-breaking Sculpture Bermagui president, Ivan Baker, said that this year the exhibition has received a record-breaking 170 entries from local, national and international artists, all of which will be displayed across three venues: two indoors and one outdoors. "This year we will have two indoor galleries - Surf Gallery and Street Gallery," Ivan said. "Surf Gallery will be in our regular space inside the Bermagui Surf Lifesaving Club,with its fantastic light and view of the sea. 'We are also excited to announce Street Gallery, which will be in a recently-refurbished space directly opposite the surf club, in the main commercial hub of Bermagui." Ivan explained that entries in the Outdoor Sculpture category, which are built to withstand the elements, will be showcased on the waterfront, in a "breathtaking setting" against the backdrop of Horseshoe Bay and Mount Gulaga. Long-weekend opening Because the opening weekend of Sculpture Bermagui coincides with Canberra Day in the ACT, and Labour Day in Victoria (both Monday, 11 March) Ivan said "there's an additional reason to take some time-out to visit the region and see the exhibition". Amazing pieces Exhibition curator, Victoria Nelson, said she is delighted that so many artists have entered their work in this year’s show. "What I find really exciting is the cross section of sculptures... there really are some amazing pieces," Victoria said. Growing every year Victoria explained that what started as a small exhibition of local artists' work, has now grown into a "cultural tourism experience". "And I can only see it continuing to grow over future years," she said. New Twilight Picnic event and more This year's Sculpture Bermagui exhibition will see the introduction of a new Twilight Picnic, held on the second Saturday of the exhibition. "Lanterns, hand made by the local community and visitors, will light up the headland, alongside light projections created by young participants of the Bioluminescence Project," Victoria explained. She said the nine days of the exhibition will also include First Nations cultural experiences, a Curator's Tour, and an "evening with the artists". To find out more about this year's Sculpture Bermagui exhibition, visit the exhibition website at Bermagui beauty: sculptured by ature & art Anthony Nelipa’s sculpture Dancing Marlin won last year’s People’s Choice outdoor award, and can now be viewed outside the Bermagui Beach Hotel (whose owners purchased the sculpture). Photo: Lucas Hedge Knight Sam Anderson’s outdoor sculpture ‘Centred Earth’ will be showcased spectacularly against the backdrop of Mount Gulaga, Horseshoe Bay and the Tasman Sea. Photo: Ron Webb