Lorne Sculpture Biennale, a historic event

February 19, 2022 BY

Artist Simon Buttonshaw's work at Lorne Point. Photo: LSB

ARTISTS are putting the final touches on sculptures, ready to transform Lorne’s foreshore into a picturesque sculptural outdoor art event.

The Lorne Sculpture Biennale (LSB), which was originally scheduled for September last year, will run from March 12 to April 3, showcasing art, live performances and more.

The theme of this year’s Biennale, chosen by artistic director Graeme Wilkie OAM, is the Spirit of Place.

Artistic director Graeme Wilkie OAM, pictured above, chose the theme for this year’s Biennale, ‘the Spirit of Place’. Photo: LSB


Acknowledging the Biennale will be held on Gadubanud land, the works will explore the histories of Lorne, focusing on Lorne’s connection to nature, community and history.

Parallel to the Biennale’s main sculpture event will be a series of both free and ticketed performances, workshops, nature walks, Indigenous education experiences and more, ‘Sculpture Plus’.

Mr Wilkie said the LSB will showcase Lorne as the Australian home of quality art and creative experience.

Artist Simon Buttonshaw getting ready for the LSB at Lorne point. Photo: LSB

“March and April will be an exciting time in Lorne with the unveiling of these works,” he said.

“We are delighted that all of our artists are looking forward to March. All are working tirelessly to further develop or finalise their pieces in response to our beautiful location.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming art lovers to our iconic town by the sea.”

Some notable works of the 16 dedicated precincts along Lorne’s foreshore include Maree Clarke’s piece Remember Me 2021/22 using contemporary materials to connect to Lorne’s past and present, Simon Normand’s sculpture The Estuary focusing on the plight of the Hooded Plover, and Clayton Burke’s Fig Tree highlighting the historical and social significance of the Moreton Bay Fig next to the original surf club.

Artist Simon Buttonshaw at Lorne point. Photo: LSB

Running parallel to the Biennale, the Sculpture Plus program is a series of both free and ticketed performances, workshops, nature walks, Indigenous education experiences and more.
A small sculpture exhibition and online gallery will also be running for those wanting to purchase artworks.

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