Cottesloe: Perth-based artists have received funding for Sculpture by the Sea 2022
Perth-based artists were able to bring their ideas for an annual art exhibition to fruition as recipients of a financial scheme.
This year, Sculpture by the Sea, featuring works by more than 70 artists at Cottesloe Beach, will run from Friday to March 21.
Artists Norton Flavel, Fiona Gavino and Richie Kuhaupt have been named recipients of the Bendat Family Foundation WA’s 2022 Visiting Artist Program for this year’s Sculpture by the Sea.
The program, which began in 2020, will provide $10,000 to each of the three artists.
Flavel, who also received the WA Artist Scholarship Award at the 2015 exhibition, is known for his work “Lucky Country” which is now on display near the railway tracks in the town of Cottesloe.
“It is always a significant expenditure of time and resources to produce works for the exhibition and the funds received alleviate a significant amount of financial pressure,” he said.
“It also gives me greater freedom to focus on my work without the usual financial constraints.
“It is a privilege to be part of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2022 and to once again showcase artwork at Cottesloe, especially during this pandemic time.”
Flavel will display a two-meter tall aluminum sculpture titled “Figurative Abstraction” for this year’s exhibition.
Gavino will be exhibiting at Sculpture by the Sea for the third time with his cane sculpture ‘From Chaos Comes Order’.
“As an artist working with natural materials such as cane and rattan, I would not have been able to create such a large-scale site-responsive work without the financial support of the Bendat Family Foundation” , she said.
Kuhaupt’s work for his sixth appearance at the Cottesloe exhibition will be a mild steel and enamel paint job entitled “A Pathway Home”.
He has exhibited sculptures for over 30 years and at other Sculpture by the Sea venues including Bondi and Aarhus in Denmark.
Part of the exhibit, the “Sculpture Inside” area of the Sea View Golf Club on Jarrad Street, will implement mandatory mask-wearing indoors.
Staff will include check-in stations on the Cottesloe Beach route, with masks encouraged where physical distancing is not possible.
Sculpture by the Sea founding director David Handley said organizers would cooperate fully with any request from WA Health.
“Our COVID event plan has been prepared in conjunction with the Town of Cottesloe and includes asking visitors to register via QR codes upon arrival,” he said.
“We will have COVID marshals and COVID cleaners like we did last year and ask people to social distance while enjoying the exposure and the beach.
“Vaccination is not required for outdoor events which are not permitted, so it does not apply to (Sculpture by the Sea) and we are not required to monitor the beach.”
According to their website, all Sculpture by the Sea staff, artists and crew are fully vaccinated.