Having held four successful free to the public exhibitions in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2020, Sculpture at Bathers (S@B) returns in 2022 to enliven Perth’s cultural landscape. Sculpture at Bathers has shown the work of over 200 Western Australian artists and grown from an audience of 20 000 visitors in 2013 to 60 000 in 2020.
Set in the historic Bathers Beach Art Precinct, Fremantle, the location and intimacy of S@B are unparalleled, offering audiences an unforgettable cultural experience and showcasing the unique, historic atmosphere of Fremantle’s West End. For 2022 Sculpture at Bathers is pleased to partner with local organisations including the City of Fremantle, Fremantle Ports, the Town of East Fremantle, Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour Trader’s Association, City of Melville, DADAA, Artsource and the Western Australian Museum to reach a wider audience and deliver S@B5. This event marks an expansion for Sculpture at Bathers: installation of the sculptures by 72 WA artists will spread along Bathers Beach, inside the gallery at Kidogo Arthouse and the outside forecourt at WA Shipwrecks Museum. In a new initiative, five works by local artists will be displayed at Fremantle Ports.
More than 120 entries from Western Australian sculptors were received for the 2022 exhibition. The selected artists range from those with established International reputations to fresh, emerging talent. The 72 successful artists will create compelling works that explore contemporary sculptural practice and reflect the uniqueness of Western Australia’s cultural landscape. In 2021 Sculpture at Bathers secured funding from the Federal Government through RISE, the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand Fund, which has allowed for the payment of artist fees to successful artists for the first time. Recently, the organisation also secured a grant from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries. The support of local and State governments and Fremantle businesses and community will ensure S@B5 is a success.
S@B5 runs from 19 February-7 March 2022. A public program of free educational activities, workshops and artist tours will accompany the free public outdoor exhibition. Details will be announced via the Sculpture at Bathers website and social media.
Neda Bahremand, Claire Bailey, Charmaine Ball, Kate Campbell-Pope, Mikaela Castledine, Peter Dailey, Margaret Dillon, Stuart Elliott, Susan Flavell, Fiona Gavino, Simon Gilby, Marian Giles, Patricia Hines, Theo Koning, Juliet Lea, Janine McAullay Bott, Angela McHarrie, Lia McKnight, Jennie Nayton, Holly O’Meehan, Sigrid Ranze, Helen Robins, Nalda Searles & Todd Israel, Helen Seiver, Yuko Takahashi, Rima Zabaneh, Gisela Züchner-Mogall
Bruce Abbott, Megan Baker, Gemma Ben-Ary, Tim Burns, Nic Compton, Tony Davis, Tom de Munk-Kerkmeer, Sharyn Egan, Audrey Fernandes-Satar & Arif Satar, Phil Gamblen, Anne Grotian, Richard Hammer, Sam Hopkins, Beverley Iles, Greg James, Ben Jones, Tony Jones, Richie Kuhaupt, Jina Lee, Antony Lord, Melanie Maclou, Britt Mikkelsen, Gordon Mitchell, Greg Molloy, Geoff Overheu, Tony Pankiw, Pavel Perina, Stephanie Reisch & Bernard Taylor, Jean-Marc Rivalland, Alessandra Rossi, Valerie Schönjahn, Tania Spencer, Sally Stoneman, Joanna Sulkowski, Jon Tarry, Steve Tepper, Brett Todman, Jenni Vacca, Rick Vermey