Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2023

Image above John Petrie with his winning work  23.5°  in Marks Park, Tamarama.
Photograph by Jane Barrett

25TH EXHIBITION | 20 October – 6 November 2023

Sculpture by the Sea returns to the Bondi to Tamarama Beach coastal walk as the world’s largest free to the public sculpture exhibition in 2023.  The spectacular coastal walk will once again be transformed into a 2km long sculpture park over three weeks featuring more than 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world.

Congratulations to the following artists who are exhibiting in Bondi this year:

David Horton

Greg Johns

Michael Le Grand

John Petrie

Jimmy Rix

Ayako Saito

Ron Robertson-Swann

Visit the website to keep up to date with details including artist talks, tours and suggested walking routes.


20 October – 6 November 2023


Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sydney, Australia


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David Horton  Cheryl’s Night Garden  2023  steel  380 x 400 x 289 cm. To view a selection of David Horton works visit our online Stock Rooms here

Greg Johns sculpture, “Sit Down Fella (Contemplative)” 2023,Greg Johns  Sit Down Fella (Contemplative)  2023  Corten steel bronze  260 cm high. To view a selection of Greg John works, visit our online Stock Rooms here.

Michael Le Grand  Ebb and Flow’ 2023  painted steel  200 x 500 x 150 cm. To view a selection of Greg John works, visit our online Stock Rooms here.

John Petrie  23.5°  2023  2.6m high work made from basalt and inspired by the Earth’s axis.

Jimmy Rix  A Bridge Too Far  2023  steel  330 x 410 x 150cm. To view a selection of Jimmy Rix works visit our online Stock Rooms here

Ayako Saito work in situ.  To view a selection of Ayako Saito’s works visit our online Stock Rooms here.

Ron Robertson-Swann work in situ. To view a selection of Ron Robertson-Swann’s works visit our online Stock Rooms here.


Ayako Saito – Winner of the Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe Artist Award

Congratulations Ayako Saito, who has been awarded the major Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe Artist Award for her magnificent work  Lunar Shadow. 

Made from steel, the sculpture encloses and embraces space to create an emotional sanctuary.

‘Ayako Saito manipulates steel with wonderful agility and inventiveness truly forging space with form to create movement and dynamic relations between the parts of the sculptures without losing unity in each work. Creating a three dimensional poetry that embraces the economy of haiku.’  – Ethan Harrier, 2019.

Donated by the Minderoo Foundation, the Sculpture by the Sea Artist Award aims to increase opportunities for artists, is judged on excellence and is open to all artworks in the exhibition.

To read more about Ayako Saito’s practice, and view a selection of available sculptures visit her profile page at our website, here.

To view the beautiful works exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottlesoe 2023 click here.

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2023

Image above: Ayako Saito  Lunar Shadow  2019. Installation view at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, 2023. Photo by Jessica Wyld.

Congratulations to Richard Goodwin, Greg Johns, Peter Lundberg, Ron Robertson-Swann and Ayako Saito, whose works were included in the recent Sculpture by the Sea, Cottlesloe exhibition.

Over 70 artists participated in this year’s SxS, staged on the beautiful Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia. The exhibition, now in its nineteenth year, featured from the sea wall all the way along the sand towards North Cottesloe and on the surrounding grassed areas, creating a beautiful sculpture park.


Sculpture by the Sea, Cottlesloe
Cottesloe Beach, Perth
Final day 20 March 2023


Richard Goodwin  Turbulence  aluminium, stainless steel, mild steel, plastic, concrete  441 x 225 x 225 cm
Photograph by B.Horgan @technicolour_vision

Greg Johns  Horizon Figure  2020. Installation view at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, 2023. Photo by Michael Goh.

“This year, South Australian artist Greg Johns joins the Cottesloe Decade Club, with his work ‘Horizon Figure (2020)’, being the tenth work he has exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe since 2006. The large corten steel work is from a series which explores connections with the Australian landscape.” – Sculpture by the Sea Instagram page

Peter Lundberg  Traveller. Installation view at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, 2023. Photo by Jessica Wyld.

Ron Robertson-Swann OAM  The Sculptor’s Sketchbook  2020. Installation view at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, 2023. Photo by Michael Goh.

Ayako Saito  Lunar Shadow  2019. Installation view at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, 2023. Photo by Jessica Wyld.

‘Sculpture by the Sea’ – on until 7 November

Image above: installation view, Camie Lyons  Impromptu Making and Shadow  steel, paint  350 x 250 x 190 cm.

Australian Galleries is pleased to share that several of the gallery’s represented and notable artists are currently showing in the latest iteration of Sculpture by the Sea. Now in its 24th year, this public outdoor sculpture exhibition – the largest of its kind in the world – is showcasing over 100 artworks by Australian and international sculptors.

Ayako Saito  Tomb of Atreus  2022  steel, painted  210 x 180 x 230 cm.

 “The geometry of the parts of this sculpture, through their relation, add up to a new thing.” – Ayako Saito

Ron Robertson-Swann  Pythagoras  1984  steel, painted  182 x 227 x 267 cm.

“Pythagoras knew a thing or 2.” – Ron Robertson-Swann

Front and back views: Richard Tipping  The Sanctuary of Distance  2020/2022  edition 7  reflective tape, aluminium sheet, galvanised pole  70 x 90 x 5 cm.

“This work is comprised of four different signs, each double-sided with ‘Oh No’ on one side, and ‘Oh Yes’ on the other. It brings the template of the “Danger” sign into new use both as a cry of distress (‘Oh No’) and as a space for resolution and repair (‘Oh Yes’).”

“The sanctuary of distance is declared; and sculpture’s contemplative nature is announced.” – Richard Tipping

Richard Goodwin  Turbulence  aluminium  stainless steel, mild steel, plastic, concrete  441 x 225 x 225 cm.

“This work speaks to the park and dramatises the site. It is both tree-like and a furious seaweed cluster under water. The audience is left to draw the wind in their minds as the turbulence builds.” – Richard Goodwin

Michael Le Grand  Global Minuet  2020  painted steel  240 x 410 x 200 cm.

Michael Snape  Slow Turn  2020  steel  240 x 300 x 240 cm.

“Eighteen lines drawn, eighteen lines cut, bent eighteen times, obtuse or acute, making a Slow Turn.” – Michael Snape

Greg Johns  Horizon Figure  2018-2020  edition 3  corten steel  310 x 400 x 80 cm.

“This work is from a series which explores connection with the Australian landscape. This organic and complex work references the broken stone forms of our unique, weathered landscape.” – Greg Johns

Camie Lyons  Impromptu Making and Shadow  2019  steel, paint  350 x 250 x 190 cm.

“I picked up discarded wire and coaxed it into form. I found beauty in the tangled landscape. These works are those experiments blown up. The challenge was to remain true to the original continuous line work and resist the temptation to redirect.” – Camie Lyons

Jock Clutterbuck  The Orange Tree  2020  fabricated and cast aluminium  210 x 130 x 47 cm.

“The Orange Tree is the title of an early poem by John Shaw Neilson who grew up and worked as a labourer in the Western Wimmera region of Victoria where I also grew up.” – Jock Clutterbuck

James Parrett  M-fifty  2022  stainless steel  230 x 310 x 230 cm.

“M-fifty is primarily inspired by the aesthetic potential of the circular form and what can be achieved through the dissection and reconfiguration of radial arcs.” – James Parrett

Sculpture by the Sea continues until 7 November.

Sculpture by the Sea: 24th Exhibition
Bondi to Tamarama Beach
21 October – 7 November 2022

‘Sculpture Inside’

‘Sculpture Inside’, the small sculpture exhibition component of Sculpture by the Sea is now showing at Marquee, Mark’s Park, Tamarama – on the Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition trail until 7 November.

The beautiful works below by Jimmy Rix, Camie Lyons, Ayako Saito and Ron Robertson-Swann are part of this dynamic exhibition of small scale pieces.

“Sculpture Inside’ is our free to the public indoor exhibition located in a pop-up marquee in Marks Park on the exhibition trail, showcasing small artwork by Sculpture by the Sea exhibiting artists.

We welcome visitors to come in and marvel at the presentation of sculpture on a small scale, displaying the diversity of the artist’s practice.
‘Sculpture Inside’ also provides a unique opportunity to purchase sculpture by emerging, mid-career and established Australian and International artists.”

 Above: Jimmy Rix The Sleeping Gypsy (after Rousseau)  bronze  edition of 9  21 x 33 x 25 cm


Above: Camie Lyons  Whirlpool  2021  bronze  46 x 49 x 44 cm

Above: Ayako Saito




‘Sculpture in the Vineyards 2022’ – Ron Robertson-Swann, Ayako Saito, Michael Snape, David Horton and Harrie Fasher

Image above: Ron Robertson-Swann  Nijinsky  2020  steel, painted  195 x 215 x 215 cm, seen with the artist. Image courtesy of the artist.


We are pleased to share that Australian Galleries artists Ron Robertson-Swann, Ayako Saito, Michael Snape, David Horton and Harrie Fasher were chosen to participate in this year’s Sculpture in the Vineyards, Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival. Showing annually since 2002, this regional sculpture festival is the longest running one of its kind in New South Wales.

Ron Robertson-Swann has presented two works at the Festival, notably his work Nijinsky, located at Laguna Hall, which has received the Governor’s Prize. Offered for the first time this year, this prize chooses one sculpture to be exhibited at the Government House sculpture garden for up to one year after the conclusion of the Festival. Nearby in the Old Fireshed Gallery, Robertson-Swann has his work Entwined on show.

Ron Robertson-Swann  Nijinsky  2020  steel, painted  195 x 215 x 215 cm.

Ron Robertson-Swann  Entwined  2021  steel, painted  18 x 54 x 54 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Ayako Saito  Step x Step II  steel  200 x 231 x 121 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.


Ayako Saito similarly featured in the Sculpture Festival with her work Step x Step II, seen in Wollombi Village. In the nearby Wollombi Community Hall, another work by Saito can be seen on display, Caravan 2021 (painted steel, 16 x 17.5 x 19 cm). Of Step x Step II, Saito says: “This sculpture is like sailing through our lives. It is constructed with elements whose shapes play in concert with each other. They hold and direct space within and the character of the sculpture declares itself.”

Michael Snape  The Wave  steel  150 x 320 x 70 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.


Also in Wollombi Village is Michael Snape‘s The Wave. Snape says of this work: “We imagine ourselves as individuals. We are that. We are also one of many. Each of us is part of the whole picture of humanity, here on the beach, assembled.”

Michael Snape is currently showing several sculptures in his exhibition Here, Australian Galleries Sydney, 15 September – 2 October 2022.

David Horton  Early one Evening  2019  210 x 600 (variable) x 400 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.


David Horton also features in Wollombi Village with his work Early one Evening, which he explains is, “a triptych of three elements using arches as the galvanising theme.”

Harrie Fasher  Voices at Dawn  bronze, steel, concrete  250 x 115 x 115 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.


Lastly, Harrie Fasher presents Voices at Dawn in the Laguna Hall, for which she says: “Voices at Dawn stands between figuration and abstraction. A bronze female bust is held aloft by an abstract arrangement of steel and concrete line and volume. Derived from the central woman in the mythology surrounding the Morai and our mortality, her role is open for interpretation.”



Sculpture in the Vineyards – Wollombi Valley Sculpture Festival
Wollombi, NSW
10 – 25 September 2022



Ayako Saito – Artist Feature

Ayako Saito was born in Japan and moved to Australia in 2002. Her dynamic and inventive sculptures manipulate space and form to create beautiful pieces full of movement and musicality. Ayako recently chatted with us about her experiences and creative endeavours during lockdown and throughout 2020.


What has been inspiring your work lately? Have you been finding it easier to create during isolation or more challenging?

We got our studio and home flooded at the beginning of this year and it ruined a roll of Arches paper. That liberated me from being intimidated by such a beautiful paper and inspired me to work with it freely. Now I have been playing with the paper and making paper collage and paintings.

I have been working on my work for Sculpture by the Sea this year. When my first maquette was created I realised some structural problems in the enlargement of the work. Therefore, I kept working on the same theme and developed a series of maquettes not just for solving the engineering problem but also working on something that has developed as variations on a theme.

The life of the artist is lonely. We are always isolated in the studio, but forced isolation intensified my focus on making my art. One of the challenging things during isolation is that we cannot share and talk about our works at the studio with friends like we used to do. Talking to people about art always gives me some insight and objectiveness.

Ayako Saito, 'Rivulet' 2016, steel, painted, 150 x 60 x 75 cmRivulet  2016  steel, painted  150 x 60 x 75 cm

What is an artwork or artist that continues to inspire you?

Henri Matisse: His use of colour makes me happy and gives me courage to tackle the emotion of colour.

Yukio Nakagawa: He is an avant gard Ikebana artist. His forcus showed the essence of flowers.

Ron Robetson-Swann: He never gives up on what he is working on and has an incredible capacity and sensibility to see and analyse intellectually anyone’s art works including his own without being disturbed by his own emotion. He is constantly challenging his own thoughts and is always open to listen to anybody’s opinion. “Interest in disinterest ” is one of the most insightful things I learnt from him.

Favourite book/literature

“Himegimi” by Amy Yamada

“Jibunn nonakani doku wo mote” by Taro Okamoto (He is a Japanese artist whose book about art and life I found more interesting than his art works)

“Mujinzo” by Shoji Hamada: This book describes lots of Japanese culture in his story that I cannot explain.

Favourite place/memory


Our bed

OfferingOffering  2019  steel, painted  29.5 x 38.5 x 11 cm

Favourite music to listen to

West Side Story: I watched the movie so many times when I was a small child (partly because my parents hardly let us watch commercial TV). I still get goose bumps when I hear the music.


Silence (I like silence when I work)

OrbitOrbit I  2019  steel, painted  34 x 43 x 83 cm

What are you looking forward to doing once COVID is over

Hug my friends and family.

Talking to strangers without being worried about covid.

0415Ayako Saito with her husband, Ron Robertson-Swann