Launceston would make ‘ideal venue’ for Sculpture by the Sea

It’s not just Sydney rivals looking to snatch Sculpture by the Sea from its regular home in Bondi, with Geelong, St Kilda and Lorne also putting their hands up to host the world renowned event in 2020.

Launceston Chamber of Commerce executive officer Neil Grose said the Tasmanian city would be “the ideal venue for a Sculpture by the Sea-styled exhibition”.

He also wanted to take the Sculpture by the Sea concept even further in Launceston, creating a “permanent national showcase for contemporary three dimensional art, given Launceston’s majestic gardens, expansive river banks and beautiful public spaces”.

“The economic benefits to the city would be immense, as evidenced by other significant public art spaces nationally and internationally, and would give Launceston an incredible point of difference from Hobart and the MONA experience,” he said.

Sculpture by the Sea director David Handley has threatened to pull the festival from Bondi over a dispute with Waverley Council building a footpath to improve disability access that shrinks the space dedicated to the sculptures.