A BAY OF CULTURE
Sculpture on Clyde (Bhunduu) acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land surrounding Batemans Bay, Walbanga Country as referred to by the Walbanga people, pay respect to elders past, present and future.
A little history where Sculpture on Clyde is positioned.
* The Murra Murra Mia walkway means place or plenty of fish.
* The grasses area where ‘Buoyansea’ is positioned is called Mena Point. The Walbanga people still see her spirit there today, as Mena loved to fish from this point – perfect positioning for the start of the sculpture trail.
Sculpture on Clyde is in its second year!
The Batemans Bay Tourism and Business Chamber, in partnership with Willinga Park, proudly presents Sculpture on Clyde, an event featuring famous and local sculptors’ creations on the beautiful South Coast of NSW. It is a nine day art festival celebrating imagination in 3D.
The outdoor sculptures will be exhibited within the stunning botanic gardens of Willinga Park, alongside the impressive permanent sculpture collection at the venue. The indoor sculptures will be displayed in the heritage Francis Guy building @ 5 Clyde Street in Batemans Bay.
Rich in history, the expansive waterway at the mouth of the Clyde River was named by Lieutenant James Cook on his voyage of discovery along this coast in 1770.
However, it wasn’t until well into the 19th century that the township of Batemans Bay appeared. The Bay is now renowned for its fabulous estuary location, hospitality and charm, and unspoiled natural environment. Willinga Park is an Award Winning, multi discipline equestrian centre that offers a fitting combination of gardens and a large private sculpture collection to view.
Many significant and talented artists have chosen to reside on the South Coast, the number far exceeding the national average, so a sculpture event was a natural choice for this area.
In running this event, the Business Chamber is aiming to make Batemans Bay a sculpture destination, putting the town, on the National Sculpture Trail, thereby increasing visitor numbers to the region, at a time of year that it is traditionally quiet. August and September are beautiful months on the South Coast, and it has so much to offer visitors, including the famous Clyde River Oysters.
The inaugural event in 2017, far exceeded all expectations. To encourage a standard of excellence from sculptors nationally and internationally, the acquisitive prize money has increased to $50,000. A world class Sculpture Trail is in the making…….