Sculpture by the Sea 2019 is a Sydney event so beloved that the locals return year after year to join countless visitors from around the country and the world as they make the most of the warm weather and fantastic cultural artworks. 

This unmissable summertime event covers part of the Bondi to Coogee walk, starting in Bondi and covering two kilometres of flawless coastline to Tamarama. Along the way, you’ll discover more than 100 incredible sculptures, created by talented artists both here in Australia and overseas. 

The event begins on October 24 and will be open until November 10, marking the start of another brilliant summer with three weeks of one of the best Sydney art exhibitions on offer. 

Where did Sculpture by the Sea come from? 

Sculpture by the Sea began in 1997 after many years of thought and careful consideration. The team behind the event simply wanted to add to the array of Sydney exhibitions each year – but to do so with a major event with a difference, and all for free. 

After the success of Sculpture by the Sea Bondi, the event is now also on offer in Cottesloe in Perth, where it launched in 2005. 

In just over two decades, the event has become so popular that roughly 500,000 visitors take the Bondi coastal walk every year to see the sculptures.

Which artists can we expect this year? 

In 2019, the grand majority of artists hail from Australia, but as always, there is a wide variety of international talent as well. 

You can expect to see a piece by Dave Horton, who won the top Sculpture by the Sea prize in 2007. There will also be works by Australians Maurice Goldberg of the Goldberg Aberline Studio, Jeremy de Villiers and David Nobay both of Imperfect Circle, and Perth-based artist Denise Peppers, amongst dozens and dozens of others. 

Eiji Hayakawa is a sculpture artist from Japan who works with stainless steel, while Evi Savvaidi is a sculptor from Greece who often uses clay materials and is inspired by the world around us. 

To see what these talented artists have created this year, be sure to take the Bondi coastal walk and discover each work for yourself. 

Visit Sculpture by the Sea on a road trip this summer 

Sculpture by the Sea is a must-visit, no matter if you’re a Sydney local or a visitor from overseas. And since it only takes an afternoon to do the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, you should have plenty of time left for a road trip along the coastline as well. 

You can stop by Bondi at the start of a weekend getaway from Sydney, or even use it as the first stop on your Grand Pacific Drive road trip

When you arrive, keep in mind that there’s only one area for free parking at Bondi Beach, which is at the top end of Hall Street. However, you’ll need to arrive early to catch a spot. Otherwise, there are paid locations around town that you can use. 

Take a look at the Thrifty blog for more great road trip ideas and inspiration this summer!