For just three days each March long weekend the Dunsborough Foreshore at the end of Dunn Bay Road is transformed, as artists provide a visual display of outdoor sculptural works for all to enjoy.
The vision of Sculpture By The Bay is to be inclusive, to encourage more and more people to express themselves through sculptural works that are relatable, tell a story, and are accessible to those that appreciate the art.
The objective is to; foster interest in Public artwork, to provide a venue for artists of outdoor works to exhibit, and in particular, to develop a Sculpture Trail within the Dunsborough area.
The inaugural 2019 Small Sculpture Prize has provided artists the opportunity to exhibit smaller works created with a wider range of media.
The event commenced in 2010 with just 12 artworks on display, and had over 56 outside sculptures, and 43 small inside sculptures for the March Long Weekend in 2023.
Sculpture by the Bay and the Dunsborough Arts Festival are coordinated entirely by local volunteers of the Dunsborough Progress Association. Bringing community together.
Public participation grows each year with in excess of 10,000 people estimated to have viewed the art in March 2023.
As well, the local community wholeheartedly supports the event with many volunteering to assist before and during the display.
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Entries open 20 Sept 2023
Entries close 30 Nov 2023
Terms & Conditions
Sculpture by the Bay Awards
Sculpture By the Bay Sponsors generously contribute awards for the best sculptures entered in each category as follows.
Sculpture By the Bay Most Outstanding Exhibit Award – $5,000 A Non-acquisitive award
Judged independently on its artistic merits.
City of Busselton Acquisitive Award – $10,000
Judged on the criteria set out by the The City of Busselton, to suit the location of the Dunsborough Sculpture Trail.
Braeco Sales Darn Art Recycling Award – $2,000
Judged as a work of sculptural merit constructed from more than 60% by volume recycled material. Sponsors’ discretion to split the award.
Happs Wines and Commonage Pottery and Gallery Emerging Artist Award – $1,000 plus $150 voucher (to be used at Happs Wines or Commonage Pottery) Non Acquisitive
Runner up 1 – $300 voucher (to be used at Happs Wines or Commonage Pottery)
Runner up 2- $150 voucher (to be used at Happs Wines or Commonage Pottery)
For a work by an artist who has been exhibiting their work publicly in competitive exhibitions for 5 years or less but not won an award. Minimum age 16yo at 30 June of year preceding the event.
Christian Fletcher Environmental Award – $1,500
Judged on the strength of its environmental message.
Private Properties Holiday Homes Award for Storytelling – $1,500
Judged on the ability of the sculpture to tell the story behind the concept of the piece.
JMW Real Estate People’s Choice Award – $500
For a work judged by the Public to be the most popular piece of the exhibition, awarded on the final day of the exhibition.
A $50 gift voucher will also be presented to a member of the public named on a randomly drawn voting slip.
Nature’s Atelier Children’s Choice Award – $500
For a work judged by Children aged under 16, to be the most popular piece of the exhibition, awarded on the final day of the exhibition.
One each $25 gift voucher will also be presented to children named on two randomly drawn voting slips.
Small Sculpture Prize Awards
Small Sculpture Prize Sponsors generously contribute awards for the best sculptures in each category as follows.
$1,500 Cape Constructions Small Sculpture Prize – for a work judged on its sculptural excellence as best in exhibition
$1,500 Exclusive Escapes Special Commendation Prize – for a work of outstanding merit
$2,500 Forest Products Commission Wood Sculpture Prize – for a work of minimum 75% timber
$500 La Lah Café – SSP People’s Choice Award – for a work judged by the Public to be the most popular piece of the exhibition, awarded on the final day of the exhibition.
If you are interested in becoming a Small Sculpture Prize Sponsor please contact the event coordinator at email@example.com
Sculpture by the Bay wish to thank Christian Fletcher Gallery for kindly offering their gallery space as an exhibition venue for the Small Sculpture Prize.
Sponsorship of awards for both exhibitions is provided by individual community members, and local businesses who have a strong belief in the importance of the event for the community, as well as supporting artists in their creative endeavours. Without our sponsors continued commitment to Sculpture by the Bay it would not be possible for the event to be the success it is.
If you, or your business, would be interested in sponsoring an award at either Sculpture by the Bay, or the Small Sculpture Prize, please read the linked Sponsorship Program document and contact the organising committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsorship has grown and the Committee are extremely grateful to the following sponsors for their support:
Sculpture by the Bay Sponsors
Erl & Ros Happ of Happs Wines on Commonage Road
Mike & Gillian McAuliffe of Braeco Sales, Osborne Park
Joe White & Ben Jecks of JMW Real Estate in Dunsborough
Gillian McAuliffe of Nature’s Atelier in Vasse
Christian & Jenny Fletcher of Christian Fletcher Gallery in Dunsborough
David and Jody Moyes of Private Properties in Dunsborough
Small Sculpture Prize Sponsors
Contact our Media Coordinator if you would like to publish an article about Sculpture by the Bay
Click on any of the links below to read an article
2020 Media Release
Dianne Laurance Award 2021 prize value increase
2020 Busselton Times Article
City of Busselton Acquisitive Award 2021 prize value increase
Dunsborough Arts Festival
Starting from a small half day event in 2001 it has grown into a huge celebration of arts and culture. There will be local music at the evening concerts on Saturday and Sunday, Dunsborough X Factor youth talent show and an art market on Sunday, circus, drumming and belly dancing workshops and artwork by the Dunsborough Art Society and much more across the weekend!
You can find out more about the Dunsborough Arts Festival on the Dunsborough Progress Association website.