Bondi's Sculpture by the Sea postponed

Sydney's coronavirus outbreak has forced the cancellation of the annual Sculpture by the Sea.
Sydney's coronavirus outbreak has forced the cancellation of the annual Sculpture by the Sea.

Bondi's famous Sculpture by the Sea exhibition has been postponed for the second year in a row, due to the growing COVID-19 outbreak in NSW.

Event organisers say the spectacle won't proceed in October as planned, but dates in 2022 are being considered.

The annual event that features a series of sculptures along the two-kilometre Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk attracts thousands of keen locals and tourists.

"We know the COVID lockdown is very difficult for many and had hoped to delay the exhibition for a month or so to give us every chance of going ahead this spring, however events have overtaken us," Sculpture by the Sea director David Handley said on Sunday.

"We hope the inconvenience and tragedy of COVID will soon be behind all of us and look forward to presenting Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in the future for everyone to enjoy."

The organisers are working with the government, sponsors and donors to provide financial support for the more than 100 artists whose work was selected for the exhibit.

The federal government has pledged $2 million to the not-for-profit organisation over the next two years, with $500,000 to be pocketed by the artists at both the Bondi exhibit and its sister event at Cottesloe in Perth.

"The artists, from every state and territory in Australia, put their creativity, heart and soul into their sculptures and the collective financial support of $500,000 for artists at this extremely challenging time is of immense, almost incalculable importance," Mr Handley said.

A handful of artists have also been given sponsor-funded scholarships, with Marina DeBris awarded this year's $30,000 Helen Lempriere Scholarship.

Four years after wooing crowds with her critically acclaimed and popular work Inconvenience Store in 2017, DeBris will use the money to create a sculpture from objects washed up on Sydney beaches - to be titled Just a Drop in the Ocean - to raise awareness about marine pollution.

Australian Associated Press