About us

Sculpture at Bathers was created to bring exceptional exhibitions to WA

Sculpture at Bathers began in 2013 to tell the story of West Australian sculpture as a distinctively special practice.

After five successful free exhibitions in 2013, 2015, 2017, 2020 and 2022, Sculpture at Bathers is a much-loved part of WA’s arts calendar.

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 and the engagement of paid professional staff who work closely with a committee of artists and volunteers.

We are a small not-for-profit organisation with a big heart, led by a dedicated group of artists, arts workers, volunteers and philanthropists.

A wide net is cast to ensure a dynamic mix of artists are exhibited, from those with a strong established reputation to fresh, emerging talent. Artists are invited to submit an artwork representing their best current practice. The result is the largest dedicated survey of West Australian contemporary sculpture.

Our location and its intimacy are unparalleled, allowing us to tap into the unique, historic atmosphere of Fremantle’s West End.

We want more people to live with great West Australian art! And we want our audience to have an unforgettable cultural experience.

AccessIbility

Wheelchair Access

Kidogo Arthouse, the Kelp Bar and the Bathers Beach boardwalk are all wheelchair accessible, and give good views of the works on the beach. One beach wheelchair is available for free hire from the Shipwrecks Museum on Cliff St. To book, call 9431 8469 or email reception@museum.wa.gov.au.

Special thanks

Photographers

Many thanks to Tegan Court, HQ Photography, Rebecca Mansell, Brodie Ellis, Naoto Hara, Roel Loopers and Chris Gosfield for the images on this site.

Our Team

In 2021, S@B secured a grant from RISE which allowed us to engage experienced arts professionals in paid roles to deliver our 2022 exhibition S@B5.

Mark Datodi –
Chair

Mark is a Western Australian visual artist with over 20 years of experience in creating public artwork inspired by the natural and built environment. His work eloquently communicates patterns, forms, shapes, and structures through a simple, poetic, and pared-back style.

As a versatile artist, Mark embraces a multi-disciplinary approach, exploring various two and three-dimensional formats while incorporating innovative technologies. His expertise spans the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical aspects of designing and producing artworks for the public realm.

He joins a passionate Bathers committee who are excited to have him on board, including artists he has both taught and been taught by over the years.

Sandra Murray – Artistic Director/ Lead Curator

Sandra is an independent art curator, consultant and artist mentor; clients include the Royal Agricultural Society of WA and Bankwest.

She has a depth of experience in working with artists, including directing and curating for art and museum institutions in WA and NSW and has worked in the public, corporate, not-for-profit, and private sectors.

She is the Artistic Director/Lead Curator for Sculpture at Bathers and has curated over 65 exhibitions. She has a passion for contemporary West Australian art and holds a BA Honours in Art History and Theory, and a Master of Philosophy.

Tony Jones – Founder & Honorary Patron

Tony Jones is a Western Australian artist whose career spans more than five decades and includes 20 solo exhibitions, over 100 group exhibitions and more than 60 public art commissions. His paintings, drawings and sculptures feature the key motifs of boat hulls and sail shapes, flags and human figures and represent humanity and its fates.

Jones is most widely known for his public artworks that represent aspects of local history, including Eliza which stands in the Swan River at the site of the Crawley Baths (now demolished) and of C. Y. O’Connor, in the water at Coogee Beach.

Jones has played a key role in educating a generation of Western Australian artists and in establishing and governing some of the State’s most significant independent arts initiatives and organisations, including Praxis Inc., Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, the “Basel Residency” and Sculpture at Bathers.

Committee Members

Mark Datodi (Chair), Tony Jones (Founder & Honorary Patron), Sandy Murray (Deputy), Rima Zabaneh (Treasurer), Silvia Ferolla, Ron Bradfield Jnr, Mikaela Castledine, Steve Castledine, Aimee Dodds, Elizabeth Goh, Pam Jones, Stirling Kain, Gordon Mitchell, Geoff Overheu, and Tony Pankiw.

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