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Sculpture at Bathers 2020 starts this weekend

The highly anticipated Sculpture at Bathers exhibition will return to Fremantle’s Bathers Beach Arts Precinct this weekend.

Supported by the City of Fremantle and running from 15 February to 2 March, the free exhibition will present the works of 100 established and emerging artists.

Artworks will be on Bathers Beach, in the ocean, along the paths around the Round House, inside Kidogo Arthouse and on the timber boardwalks and surrounding grassed areas.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City of Fremantle was proud to be supporting Sculpture at Bathers in 2020.

“The City has been a sponsor of Sculpture at Bathers since its inception in 2013, and it’s very rewarding to see how it’s grown to become such an important event on the Fremantle’s arts calendar,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Some of the works in previous editions of the exhibition were absolutely stunning, and I’ve no doubt there are going to be some incredible pieces on display this year.

“It’s going to be something really special, so everyone should come down to Freo to have a look.” 

A highlight of Sculpture at Bathers 2020 will be the creation of a large-scale artwork with the help of the public, sponsored by Fremantle Ports.

The installation on the shoreline at Bathers Beach will be a seawall made with hessian sandbags forming a 20 metre diameter circle which will interact with the tides.

The work, conceptualised by artist Bruce Abbott, reflects environmental themes relating to climate change and sea-level rise.  Performances associated with the work will reference land-based ritual practice with opening and closing ceremonies curated by Noongar Minang William Hayward.

Community participation will involve filling sandbags and building the seawall over the course of the exhibition, deconstructing the seawall after the final closing ceremony, and leaving no trace other than an enduring record of the event via time-lapse video. 

Other highlights include the return of the popular Kelp Bar, run by Kidogo Arthouse, and the return of DADAA access tours for people with disabilities and their carers.

For more information visit the Sculpture at Bathers website.