From Beijing to Bondi

A leading Chinese art institution – the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing – is set to present a sculptural showcase at this year’s Sculpture By The Sea festival, Bondi Beach…

Art Today’s exclusive contacts in Australia have sent an update on this year’s unmissable Sculpture By The Sea arts festival on Bondi Beach, this autumn…

Central Academy of Fine Arts

‘Layers of Mountains’ by Zhang Wei.

Sculpture by the Sea and China’s foremost institution of modern art education, the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing are presenting a showcase of eight sculptures by distinguished CAFA alumni and teachers at this year’s Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi – the world’s largest, annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition.

David Handley, Sculpture By The Sea Founding Director stated:-

The CAFA showcase will be a highlight of this year’s exhibition, featuring eight leading Chinese sculptors who have not exhibited in Australia previously. From the visually arresting large naked figure by Mu Boyan to the poignant snow covered bicycle in marble by Cao Hui this is a very impressive collection of work…’. 


The CAFA artists to exhibit along Sydney’s iconic Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk from 18 October – 4 November are:-

  1. Zhang Wei, Vice Director and Professor in the Sculpture Department at CAFA, will exhibit Layer of Mountains, a six metre long sculpture of a mountain chain;
  2. Yu Fan, Vice Director and Professor in the Sculpture Department at CAFA, whose sculpture will emulate the form of a horse’s reflection on water;
  3. Artist Cao Hui, who graduated with a PhD from CAFA in 2014, is exhibiting a bicycle in marble after it has been left exposed to the snow;
  4. ‘A Bicycle Covered By Snow’ by Wei Wang, c. 2016.

    Architect and teacher at CAFA’s Public Art Studio, Hu Quanchun, will exhibit the sculpture Draw Houses and Make Houses, a collaboration with primary school students in Hunan, who drew houses from of their local area before it was demolished, with the aim of helping to preserve their memory of the area;

  5. Jiang Jie, Professor of Sculpture at CAFA, is exhibiting The Butterfly Dream, a three metre sculpted butterfly form in copper that will be placed on Tamarama beach;
  6. Professor, Dean and PhD Supervisor at CAFA, Lv Pinchang, will be exhibiting Space Plan, a sculpture depicting the remains of a spacecraft orbiting the earth;
  7. Mu Boyan’s large naked figure to be sited at the end of the South Bondi headland titled Bank, is inviting visitors to sit with the piece to empty their minds; and
  8. Director of the First Studio of CAFA’s Sculpture Department, Wei Wang, will exhibit Walking, a stunning five metre tall bronze sculpture of a walking man.

Sydney Sculpture Conference 2018

This year’s Sydney Sculpture Conference will take place at the Sydney Opera House.

The partnership between Sculpture by the Sea and CAFA will extend to the 3rd  annual Sydney Sculpture Conference, entitled ‘Sculpture: A Universal Language’, which is presented by Sculpture by the Sea and CAFA. The conference will be held on Monday 5 November 2018 at the Sydney Opera House, with talks and panel discussions by leading international and local sculptors, educators, curators and collectors.

Professor Lv Pinchang and CAFA’s most renowned alumni artist Professor Sui Jianguo, who has previously exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi (2004, 2012), will speak at the conference alongside keynote talks by leading Australian artist Hossein Valamanesh and Professor Paul S.C.Tacon of Griffith University, on the Aboriginal Rock Art of Sydney.

Professor Lv Pinchang, Artist & Dean of Sculpture at CAFA commented:-

Sculpture by the Sea and the Sydney Sculpture Conference provide the opportunity to showcase Chinese sculpture to the Australian art world and the Australian public alike, and aide in the appreciation of public sculpture and cultural exchanges.  We look forward to bringing together the international community to discuss sculpture education and public sculpture development with Chinese artists at the conference, and hope that the spirit of Sculpture by the Sea will be carried forward to become a major event in China, as it is in Australia.’.

22nd Sculpture By The Sea, Bondi

This year marks the 22nd year that Sydney’s breathtaking 2km Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk has been transformed by Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi with the installation of over 100 sculptures by artists from across the world. The exhibition is free to the public and runs from Thursday 18 October until Sunday 4 November 2018.


Sculpture By The Sea dates:  18th October until 4th November

Location:  Bondi Beach, Australia

Admission:  Free entry

Sculpture by the Sea Incorporated is listed on the National Cultural Register and all donations to our organisation are tax deductible.

Sydney Sculpture Conference 2018 dates:  5th November

Location:  Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia


[Credits:  Feature image – ‘Walking’ by Wang Wei, c. 2015 (Sculpture By The Sea); Sculpture By The Sea Press Office;;; ]


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