Sculpture by the Sea is highlighting work from leading Ukrainian artists to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees and those displaced by the war. The popular, picturesque, and free public outdoor art festival is open today 21 October until 7 November along the coastal 2km walk between Bondi and Bronte beaches in Sydney. The works will be a part of the exciting presentation that this year comprises 100 sculptures from 16 countries around the world.
The Ukraine Showcase will feature four sculptures – Dmitriy Grek is showing ‘Contemplation’, Egor Zigura shares ‘Colossus Holds Up the World’, Nikita Zigura‘s bold ‘Global Warming’ will be on view and Oleksii Zolotariov has installed ‘Wind Rose’. The collected has been curated by Viktoria Kulikova, Art Director at Abramovych Art Agency from Kyiv.
Kulikova shared ‘The day-to-day life in Ukraine these days isn’t limited to the Russian invasion. It is also about resistance and unity as parts of our genetic code and our culture. Highlighting our intangible and material heritage for the international community is of utmost importance to promote solidarity with Ukraine.’
Sculpture by the Sea is donating all of its commission on the sales of these works to the Ukraine Crisis Appeal, and the artists will donate 10% of their sale price. With the support of art collectors it is hoped that $100,000 will be raised to support Ukraine and Ukrainians. For Sales Enquiries follow this link.
You will find the four sculptures mentioned above on the coastal walk as well as six smaller sculptures in ‘Sculpture Inside’, the indoor exhibition in the walk-in marquee in Marks Park on the south Bondi headland.
Vasyl Myroshnychenko, Ambassador of Ukraine to Australia, explained: “The war is being fought on many fronts and culture is one of those. The dedication of Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2022 to the Ukraine shows how artists across the globe and people in cultural management are affected and deeply moved by this war – rallying support for our country, raising funds and bringing awareness to new people. This war has provided such a huge impetus for creativity, which I see in the Ukraine has inspired many artists, songwriters and sculptors in their work, and it is wonderful to see that creativity spread out across the world, including to Australia.”