The State Government will back Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe for a further three years after signing a new sponsorship deal with the exhibition’s organisers.
At the official opening this morning, Culture and the Arts Minister John Day also announced Norton Flavel and Kim Perrier as the winners of the $10,000 Western Australian Sculptor Scholarship.
Norton Flavel’s ‘Lucky Country’ references the Australian psyche, the tension between positives and negatives and what we choose to see. Kim Perrier’s ‘Ashes to Ashes’ celebrates the relationship between trees and humanity, becoming the vessel for the transmigration of soul.
Mr Day said.“I congratulate Norton and Kim and all the artists who are participating this year,”
“Each year this event transforms Cottesloe Beach into an outdoor art gallery, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors. It provides the perfect platform to show the world our enviable natural environment while celebrating art and creativity.”
Of the 69 sculptures on display in 2015, 31 are by Western Australian artists with 17 interstate and 21 international artists.
Tourism Minister Kim Hames said events, such as Sculpture by the Sea, formed an important part of the State Government’s strategy to increase the value of tourism to $12 billion by 2020.
“Events are important because they add to the State’s vibrancy and help attract visitors who inject billions of dollars into the economy,” Dr Hames said.
“This is why the Government, through Tourism WA, is proud to be supporting Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, until 2017.”
Mr Day said ” Sculpture by the Sea was one of the State’s favourite free events and encouraged everyone who had not attended before to visit Cottesloe Beach during the next 18 days to see the works for themselves. “