Funding boost for Bermagui sculpture

BEGA Valley Shire Council is offering a $30,000 three-year commitment to support Bermagui’s Sculpture on the Edge exhibition.

Councillors recently agreed to provide a $10,000 acquisitive prize for three years to ensure the sustainability of the well-known sculpture event.

Last year’s program included 40 large works leading from Horseshoe Bay Beach to the headland and back and about 50 small sculptures were exhibited in the Community Hall, as well as a public symposium and children’s workshops

“The program attracts artists from across NSW and interstate,” said council’s acting group manager for community and relationships Simon Schweitzer Schweitzer.

“This provides a great opportunity for local artists to exhibit their work alongside renowned artists from outside of the shire.

“We recognise the fantastic work carried out by the festival’s volunteer organisers and the generosity of the local community in meeting its annual operating costs to date, but we also understand the need to keep growing this event.”

The sustainability of exhibitions like SOTE depend largely on their ability to attract recognised artists to exhibit each year, he said.

“The cost of moving large sculptural works across the country is significant for participating artists, so by adding a further acquisitive prize of $10,000 for the following three years, we’re increasing the chance of big names and incredible talent being drawn to the area.”

The $10,000 Bega Valley Shire Council acquisitive prize will sit alongside the generous Cox Prize, and the offer of a residency at the ANU Sculpture School to encourage student interest.

For more information on the Sculpture on the Edge exhibition, go to www.sculpturebermagui.org.au

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