2023 Arts Festival2023-03-22T14:39:11+08:00

2023 Dunsborough Arts Festival Welcomes Thousands

Augusta Margaret River, Busselton & Dunsborough, Bunbury and Mandurah Mail Newspaper Coverage

GWN Coverage of Sculpture by the Bay 20212021-03-09T09:02:17+08:00
2021 City of Busselton Acquisitive Award Prize Increase2020-10-16T14:18:23+08:00
City of Busselton increases Acquisitive Award prize for 2021

The City of Busselton has doubled the prize money for Dunsborough’s Sculpture by the Bay Acquisitive Award, raising the prize to $10,000 for the winner. City of Busselton councillor Jo Barrett-Lennard said the prize value reflected the event’s maturity as well as the calibre of the artists it attracts. “This is not a small event. It brings more than ten thousand visitors to the district each year,” she said.

“The City has been able to build a wonderful collection of public art works through the acquisitive process. “We’re happy to support the event and we recognise the cultural and social benefits it brings to the broader community.” March will see Sculpture by the Bay in its twelfth year as part of the Dunsborough and Districts Progress Association’s Arts Festival.

DDPAAF spokesman Chris Harding said it was good to see the City double the award prize money. “This is a demonstration of support for the arts industry and shows great respect for the creativity and hard work of the contributing artists,” he said. “Sculpture by the Bay is the perfect arena for this type of exposure and there will be many eyes on the 2021 Acquisitive Award.”

The event runs from February 27 to March 1 and entries are now open.

2020 Event Summary2022-07-19T08:21:30+08:00
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GWN Coverage of Sculpture by the Bay 20202021-03-09T08:40:17+08:00
GWN coverage of Sculpture by the Bay
Dunsborough Arts Festival draws thousands2020-06-22T12:29:38+08:00
Dunsborough Arts Festival draws thousands

Around 7,000 people went to Dunsborough’s foreshore to enjoy the 20th anniversary of the arts festival and fireworks show.

Coordinator Jacquie Happ said the fireworks had been a first for Dunsborough, and a resounding success.

2020 Dunsborough Arts Festival | Margaret River artist goes small2020-06-22T12:56:35+08:00
2020 Dunsborough Arts Festival | Margaret River artist goes small

Article in Busselton Mail:

Well known Margaret River artist and stonemason Kashmir Rouw has moved away from his successful big sculpture concept to try his hand in the small sculpture competition at the Dunsborough Arts Festival.

Rouw won the City of Busselton Acquisitive Award last year in the Festival’s Sculpture by the Bay, and his entry – Stone Shell Spiral – now has a permanent place on the Dunsborough foreshore at the end of Elmore Road.

Rouw said working on a smaller piece for this year’s competition allowed a level of freedom not possible in his larger works.

“I can experiment more. As a sculptor, scale is an amazing thing to behold, but smaller also allows a deeper more personal connection to develop with the piece,” he said.

Rouw hails from a family of stonemasons and artisans.

His ancestor Peter Rouw was a London based sculptor who exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, and was chief modeller of cameos and gems to the Prince Regent of the British Royal Family in the 1800’s.

Some of his works are still retained by the National Portrait Gallery in London.

High Perth interest in Dunsborough Sculpture by the Bay2020-06-23T21:50:56+08:00
High Perth interest in Dunsborough Sculpture by the Bay

A strong contingent of Perth artists, including many from the Western Suburbs, have entered the Dunsborough Sculpture by the Bay competition, held as part of the annual Dunsborough Arts Festival over the March Long Weekend.

The Festival attracts crowds of around 10,000 people.  This year it celebrates its 20th Anniversary, featuring a record number of almost 90 entries for its renowned Sculpture competition, including 50 large works, and 38 small works. 

Organiser Chris Harding said the annual competition mainly focused on Western Australian artists.

“We do have one entrant Corinne Berset from France, but she regularly stays in Nedlands when working in Australia,” Mr Harding said.

Mount Claremont ceramicist Lily Mercer, whose work is displayed in Kings Park, is a regular entrant. 

“This will be my fifth year with this fabulously run exhibition. I love that local West Australian artists are given the chance to showcase their creations,” she said.

Lily works to raise awareness of Australian flora and fauna through her business ‘Potteroo’ and her art.

Dianne Laurance is providing Fireworks for this year’s Dunsborough Arts Festival attendees2020-07-06T20:16:35+08:00
Dianne Laurance Fireworks, Dunsborough

Dianne Laurance just loves art.

She says she cannot get enough of the medium and if a piece speaks to her, she can’t resist adding it to her collection.

For the past 11 years, Ms Laurance has been a major patron of the Dunsborough Arts Festival’s Sculpture by the Bay and the well-known collector has sponsored the competition’s Award of Excellence since the early days of the exhibition’s inception.

Corporate interest in Sculpture by the Bay2020-06-22T12:41:29+08:00
Corporate interest in Sculpture by the Bay, Dunsborough

More corporate interest is being encouraged in Western Australia’s Sculpture by the Bay competition, held over the March Long Weekend as part of the annual Dunsborough Arts Festival. Coordinator Vicky Small said ‘Sculpture by the Bay’ was now one of the most important calendar events for sculpture competition in WA, with high quality work from artists around the State. “This year’s competition promises to be one of our best, with a record 86 entries received from artists in more than 60 Perth and regional areas. “They range from large scale works that will be displayed outdoors along the foreshore and in Seymour Park, and small sculptures that will be viewed indoors at the Christian Fletcher Gallery.” Ms Small said most of the works entered would be for sale and many of the large scale entries were suitable for public and corporate open spaces.